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11/04/2012

Audio: MD Marriage Alliance head equates legal limits on same-family unions with bars on same-gender unions

by Jeremy Hooper

At a recent panel hosted by the University of Maryland's School of Public policy, a questioner asked Maryland Marriage Alliance chair Derek McCoy why her dear gay cousin and his husband of many years cannot legally marry. So while making his point, where did McCoy's mind go? To where it so often does with anti-equality voices:to incest.

Here's a snip and link to the full panel (since we all know Derek McCoy has a bit of a fetish for claiming things are taken out of context):

"In our current law we have restrictions on certain things within the fundamentals of marriage. Things, like—hey look—grandfather can't marry granddaughter—there's a lot of things of who you cannot marry within the confines of the law today and saying 'that just does not work'."


SOURCE: FULL PANEL

Sure, he will say he was just making a point. But just imagine someone rushing to make a point about heterosexual couples by relating them to something like incest (or prostitution or pedophilia or any of the other usual far-right tropes). Few of us would ever consider doing something like that, because our rational mind would never make such an unrelated comparison. Yet anti-gay voices do it to us *ALL THE TIME*. To them, it's just standard discourse. And if we cry out in defense, "hey, what the hell?!" they rush to portray themselves as the victims who are being twisted and/or stifled.

So sick of it.

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