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10/22/2008

This is Tom's quip -- we're not pulling your leg, tail or marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 9-103If you haven't already had the misfortune of seeing it, here is how California state senator Tom McClintock has assessed the cruel, unjust, un-American Proposition 8:

Prop. 8 Defense of Marriage Act. YES: Marriage is a unique institution in which a man and a woman summon a child into the world – creating a unique tapestry of responsibilities. Our marriage laws are designed to support those responsibilities and are simply inapplicable to any other kind of relationship. Lincoln asked, “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? The answer is four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.” And calling a homosexual partnership a marriage doesn’t make it one.

We say to Mr. McClintock:

Funny you take this whole thing to a linguistic level, considering you are backing a side who has turned code-wording into an anti-intellectual art form. Anti-gay = "pro-family." Anti-equality = "pro-marriage." Harming some families = "protecting all children." Encouraging peace = "indoctrination." Not only would be distrust the pro-Prop 8's side's ability to correctly label a dog's body parts -- based on their deceptive track record, we would would distrust their ability to correctly write the words "and" or "the" (thank you, Mary McCarthy).

But since you have chosen to take this to a linguistic level, Sen. McClin, let's go on that journey. You're totally right that calling a same-sex union a marriage doesn't make it one, just like calling a heterosexual marriage doesn't make it one either. What makes either union a LEGAL, CIVIL marriage is the LEGAL, CIVIL contract. The California Supreme has eliminated the unfair barriers that have been used to keep gay and lesbian couples disparate in this area, allowing these loving duos to make the same citizen choice as their tax-paying, law-abiding, civil duty-observing, hetero peers. You, personally, can label marriage equality with the term "dog anus" if you wish.
WE. DON'T. CARE. What we do care about is that our supposedly fair and equal government treats its citizens -- wait for it, wait for it -- FAIRLY!

Sen. McClin: Get your God out of our beds and get your Dog out this discussion. Calling either a fair basis for a civil marriage argument doesn't make it so.

McClintock on the Propositions [Tom McClintock]

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