Telegraphs ARE NOT Telephones

In a current case before a federal court, partners Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo are claiming domestic partnerships in California are not equivalent to marriages.  Zarrillo asserts, “domestic partnership would relegate me to second-class citizenship, maybe third-class — and that’s not enough.”  One of their lawyers, Theodore Olsen, claims California “has put people into categories.”  This is really funny considering how often government forms asks for the race of the person filing it and he is not complaining about those.

When Thomas Edison filed a patent for the telephone in 1876, he did not call it the telegraph.  Although both sent sounds over a distance, Edison did not even call his invention the talking telegraph.  Why did did he not call the telephone a telegraph?  Because they were not the same thing.

Since the United States Supreme Court has  defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman (Jones v. Hallahan (1973), then anything we as a society call marriage should be a union between a man and a women.   A union between a man and a women is not the same as a union between two people of the same sex.  Since these unions are not the same thing, then these unions should be labeled differently as well.

Is simply calling two different unions by two different terms equivalent to putting people in different categories?  It is indeed putting people in different categories, but all of us are in different categories.  Some are in the category of being women, some are in the category of being men.  Should they all be in the same category?  No, many scientific studies have shown that men a women are indeed different.

This leaves one question:  Is categorizing different people differently wrong?  Last time I checked, I was not answering my cellular telegraph.

2 Responses to “Telegraphs ARE NOT Telephones”


  2. This is such an awesome article.

    Another comparison I would make is between eating and drinking. Both have the same endpoint, and yet…

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