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10/08/2012

Today in denigration: Preserve Marriage Washington thinks our lives are harmful experiments

by Jeremy Hooper

I'm struck by the highlighted line, which the Preserve Marriage Washington (so-called) campaign continues to use:

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"A social experiment"? Something that "will be harmful to our children and grandchildren"? It's a more direct accusation than the other campaigns making, and one that certainly should offend just about every man and woman who will be voting on this matter.

Let's start with "social experiment." I don't know about you, buy I'm not a lab rat. I don't exist in this world for the purposes of heterosexuals' experimentation. I am not a test case. My marriage is not a trial. It's insanely offensive to suggest that we, the LGB people of the present and future, are waiting for conclusive test results before we are able to come to our place of deserved peace.

And then the idea that our "experiment" will be "harmful"—again, insanely offensive. They're not even couching it behind prediction. They're just saying, flat-out, that our marriages will be damaging. Never mind that many children and grandchildren are themselves LGBT and that many more are supportive (or at least couldn't care less). The folks running this campaign of heterosexist discrimination are working towards their ideal: a world where only straight, cisgender kids are worthy of full address. In this vision, the rest of us can only hope that we catch some really good crumbs.

It's hostile language meant to denigrate LGBT people and our very purposes of being. We cannot stand by as these activists conduct a dangerous experiment that will be harmful to our national welfare.

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