Jul 13, 2015
Does Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it's well worth considering what Higgins has to tell us.
In "My Fair Lady" Professor Higgins sings a song called "Why Can't a Woman Be Like a Man?". It's an amusing account of his misogyny. But by the end of the story, the professor has learned a great lesson: not only can't women be like men-or men like women either-it's a very good thing for both that they can't.
This lesson has a name: complementarity. It needs to be re-learned now in the midst of widespread confusion about marriage.
Complementarity is what Jesus is talking about in his well known words about marriage in the 19th chapter of Matthew's gospel. Some Pharisees ask him if a man can divorce his wife. Jesus says no. And then he says this: