Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I Don't Think This Horse is Dead Yet - Let's Hit It Again

MWC News - A Site Without Borders - - Top 12 reasons civil marriage equality should not be legal Mostly the same old reasons.... Some of my favorites...
1. Homosexuality is not natural -- much like eyeglasses, polyester, fellatio, indoor plumbing, and birth control. [or computers, electric light, television, ... "If God had meant up to make blog posts at 2:00 AM..." Z-Deb]
3. Obviously gay parents will raise gay kids, as straight parents only raise straight kids.

4. Traditional marriage will be less meaningful if civil marriage equality becomes law. (Just ask Britney Spears about her 55-hour just-for-fun marriage and its deep meaningfulness, or Rush Limbaugh about his four deeply meaningful marriages.) [I like the examples of Elizabeth Taylor and all her marriages, or J-Lo, or Brad Pitt, dumping his ex for the Angelina, etc. Z-Deb]
6. Civil marriage equality issues should be decided by people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have, after all, historically protected the rights of minorities. (Just ask interracial couples about life before Loving v. Virginia in 1967, or African-Americans about life before Brown v. The Board of Education.)
If you want to look a little closer at the "reasons" (more like excuses) of people fighting gay marriage, consider this.
At one point, the conversation turned to the "activist judges" whose May ruling opened the door to same-sex marriage, and how similar this case was to the 1948 case that declared bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional. According to one of the Prop. 8 reps, that 1948 ruling was OK because people are born to their race and thus are in need of constitutional protection, while gays and lesbians choose their homosexuality. So much for the expert opinions of the American Psychological Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics that people cannot choose their sexuality. Oh, those activist doctor types.
Funny, does that mean religion doesn't need protection? I mean, people do change religions on occasion. (That's a choice.) So it doesn't merit protection? Interesting point of view.

On the subject of gays raising gay kids, which the proponents of Proposition 8 brought up, see reason number 3, above. Irrational fears take flight.

Of course there aren't too many socially acceptable ways to express your dislike of gays anymore. Gay bashing is not practiced - or at least not condoned - by polite society. The deaths of Mathew Shepard, Lawrence King and Gwen Araujo are notable only because anyone in the straight community noticed. (They made a movie about Gwen Araujo.) Mostly attacks on gays, lesbians or the transgendered go unnoticed. It isn't news because a) no one cares, b) it happens all the time, in the "dog bites man" frame of it not being news and c) no one cares. Usually for anyone to notice ("anyone" being the major media outlets) it has to impact some quiet suburban community. Better to rattle the cages of the suburbanites, I guess.

For example, some of you may have heard of Angie Zapata, but how many have heard of Simmie Williams? How about Ryan Skipper? Or the cases that don't result in death, just a beating? How many of those do you hear about? But like I said, it isn't news if it happens all the time.

And if society's beef is with gay marriage, why is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act still having so much trouble in DC? Or is it marriage and the right to work that is the problem? What about housing - as in fair housing and rentals and purchasing?

And how exactly are all the married gay couples in Israel, Canada, Massachusetts, Belgium, The United Kingdom, Parts of Spain, The Netherlands, South Africa, etc. or those gay couples with civil unions in places like Sweden, France, Germany, Hawaii, Connecticut, etc. impacting heterosexual marriage? Can you feel the sanctity being sucked out of your unions? Is the straight divorce rate going up as a direct result of gay marriage? I didn't think so.

Still the Republicans will play the gay marriage card in this election. In a big way in California and Florida. It may even pay some dividends in this election. Fear is a good motivator. (See the Dems and their bi-annual tirade against the evil Repubs a) killing social security or b) taking money away from schools.) But in the long-run, it becomes like the cries of "wild west shootouts" whenever the subject of concealed carry comes up. Lots of fear. Light on facts. Eventually the nature of the hate becomes clear.

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