Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Offense of Marriage

Stephen Harper: "Let's try not to appear like red-neck bigots when we oppose gay marriage, shall we?" Uh... good luck, Steve. After all, one of your colleagues in Parliament just went for one of the stupidest arguments of all time:

On the tape Conservative MP Jason Kenney says gays have every right to marry whoever they want - as long as it isn't someone of the same sex.

This has to be, without a doubt, the most hypocritical "defense of marriage" I have ever heard. So, it doesn't matter if a gay person's spouse doesn't get social security benefits, hospital visitation rights, etc., as long as the gay person gets a nice wedding reception and a big cake? And it doesn't matter that we're subjecting both gays and straights to a lifetime of infidelity and unhappiness, just as long as the children don't find out?

And it's not like this is a new argument. I heard this from a Young Republican in my Auto class last year (to his credit, he said he liked hearing my opinions, too), and the summer before that, Presidential media liaison Maggie Gallagher actually used it as an argument before a Senate Subcommittee on the FMA. And these are the people we trust to defend marriage?

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