RECENT  POSTS:  » Considering vast (and frankly odd) amount of time he spends talking about us, no wonder Tony Perkins thinks we're 'special' » FRC keeps lying about where majority of Americans stand on marriage equality » Audio: Indiana restaurant owner openly discriminates against gays, glad to have added protection to do so » Indiana legislature, Gov. Pence awaken a fierce, powerful, anti-discrimination giant » Eleven Republican US Sens. give anti-gay conservatives a taste of a near and less divisive future » NOM proudly touts #March4Marriage backers who believe homosexuality 'should be treated by society as immoral, dangerous perversion' » Video: Gee, with compelling videos like this one, I just can't imagine why the anti-gay right is losing in court » #TBT: Even after legal equality, Americans—and particularly religious Americans—struggle to accept certain marriages » Indiana threatens its commerce, tourism dollars, reputation, general welfare of its citizenry » Video: AFA prez expounds on organization's movement-destructive ad by adding even more religious fervor  

« Go back a post || Return to G-A-Y homepage || Haul tail to next post »

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]

space gay-comment gay-G-A-Y-post gay-email gay-writer-jeremy-hooper


Your thoughts

comments powered by Disqus

G-A-Y Comments Policy


 
Related Posts with Thumbnails