The piece “Marriage debate not a new one” (http://www.campustimes.org/news/810032.html) is intended to be satirical, as the language and examples in the article illustrate. The “tongue-in-cheek” language in the article (ex: “blatantly mixed-race;” “calm-headed and reasonable;” “the misguided people who claim this obviously do not realize that separate institutions are not always a bad thing, provided care is taken to ensure that they are equal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s undisputed ruling in Plessy vs. Ferguson makes this clear;” “interracial coupling is unnatural…it does not occur in nature… you never see [two different dog breeds] having sex;” etc.) demonstrate that this piece is dealing with absurdity, a keystone of satire. As the title of the article (and the nature of the article itself) reveal, the piece suggests that supporting a constitutional amendment preventing members of the homosexual community is akin to one that would prevent interracial marriage.
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