If State Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) has his way, he could become quite an icon in Japan. Senator McCoy, a proud homosexual has introduced a bill that neuters Iowa’s marital laws by replacing the words “husband” and “wife” with “spouse” (Senate File 353). McCoy believes a bill to remove references to husbands and wives will help the Iowa economy. He just might have a point, especially if the changes are allowed to apply to Taichi Takashita and a thousand of his friends.
In Japan there is a growing obsession with escaping from reality. Millions head home after work to assume a cartoon character on their computer. On-line virtual reality communities are so popular that some characters have been elevated to superstar status. The country even has two cartoon characters as ambassadors, like "Kitty" pictured above.
The relationships that are developed in these virtual realities are so “real” that many have fallen in “love” with other characters and are asking the government to legally recognize their commitments. These individuals are petitioning the Japanese government to recognize marriage between humans and their cartoon partners. One supporter supported the request by saying, "For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love.”
Taichi said, “Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone. I would like to have legal approval for this system at any cost."
Could it be that the cost of marrying the object of his affection might be a move to Iowa? Thanks to Senator McCoy, Mr. Takashita may gets his wish. Were the terms husband and wife simply replaced with the word “spouse” it’s not difficult to imagine that Mr. Takashita’s marriage would be recognized in the great state of Iowa!
Redefining marriage is wrong. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman becoming husband and wife to form a new family. That’s what is best for the culture. Traditional marriage has worked since the dawn of civilization and it will continue to work till the end of time if we only let it.
Will Senator McCoy’s bill redefine the foundation of human relationships? Could his effort to eliminate obvious human characteristics from Iowa law lead to marriage between a human and a cartoon? If that’s the case, would that make divorce as easy as pressing the delete key?
Instead, it is Senate File 353 that ought to be deleted.
OY VEY. Yeah. Because that's TOTALLY that same thing.
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