Which definitions of marriage are bigoted?

Thinking about the efforts by advocates for redefining marriage to portray opposition to the idea as irrational bigotry, this story from a few weeks ago came to mind:

Here comes the single bride. Last week, Nadine Schweigert married herself in a symbolic wedding ceremony. The 36-year-old divorced mom of three wore blue satin and clutched a bouquet of white roses as she walked down the aisle before a gathering of 45 friends and family members in Fargo, North Dakota.

So certain questions come to mind –

  • Is it irrational or bigoted to say this woman isn’t really married? If not, why not?
  • If defining marriage as male-female means one is motivated by hate, does that mean you who define marriage as “greater than one” hate Ms. Schweigert?
  • What objective standard distinguishes your line-drawing from those who draw the line differently?

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