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02/08/2012

FRC issues '162 Benefits that We Carelessly Deny to Same-Sex Couples' (paraphrase)

by Jeremy Hooper

It's always astounding to me when groups that are most combative towards same-sex couples' legal rights come out with reports like this:

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162 Reasons to Marry [FRC]

Because think about it. Even if you were to take away things like parenting, which groups like FRC (wrongly) consider irreconcilably different depending on if the couple is opposite- or same-sex, the vast majority of these other highlighted boons should be universal to all married couples, regardless of one's personal view. Financial stability? Health benefits? Crime and domestic violence takeaways? Work productivity? If these are really the marital benefits that FRC says they are, then there's no logical reason to assume that the marriage requires different genitalia in order to activate the positives.

But of course you'll never hear FRC address any of the things that same-sex couples might glean from marriage. And if that oversight itself weren't insulting enough, FRC even includes this piece of junk science (footnoted with their own in-house "research") as one of marriage's supposed virtues:

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162 Reasons to Marry [FRC]

A nasty, fallacious, misstated positive that really tells you all you need to know about the ever-apparent truth, which is: That FRC wants to completely cut us out of any and everything. They don't want us taking part in a system that they see as so magnificent because they don't want us even having partners. They will never be honest about us, our partnerships, our deservedness, our rights as American taxpayers, or the own myriad of benefits we too might enjoy if they would just stop their damn "culture war" against us. The game here is heterosexism at the crude and cruel exclusion of all else. We are not a factor for consideration because they simply do not consider us a part of the world they'd like to design.

It's a frightening reality that gives us gay folk one big reason to marry, actually. Because if we still have to live in an America where people can work so hardly against us and still rub shoulders with a party's presidential candidates and still retain bookings on mainstream television, it's best to have a trusted love one in your corner who can help you weather the deep and dangerous storm.

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