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08/30/2013

Audio: NM GOP senator's callous disregard for same-sex couples; 'any two things that want to get married'

by Jeremy Hooper

On Janet Mefferd's radio show, New Mexico state senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington) said this about his colleagues who have introduced bills seeking to grant civil marriage equality to same-sex couples:


[Janet Mefferd, 8/29/13]

"Any two things that want to get married," you guess?! Wow.

First off, senator—I'm not a "thing." I'm a human. And taxpayer. Jeremy's my name; Andrew is my legal husband and love of my life.

Second, has anyone introduced any kind of bill that seeks marriage for any two "things" other human beings? No! The only bills that have been introduced into the state legislature involve removing the unwarranted sender requirement for marriage. So while I know it's totally acceptable in far-right, anti-circles to just say whatever the hell you want in order to scare your constituents so that they'll buy into the fearful "slippery slope" argument, there are these pesky little things called facts. An in fact, no state senator has pushed for marriage between a man and his toaster!

And finally—how dare you show such callous disregard for your good and decent constituents who just so happen to be attracted to someone of the same gender?! I know it's all a joke to you and to Janet (her laughter really sealed the deal), but this is not a joke to us. This is life, one that your push for civil inequality is unnecessarily encumbering. If you insist on defining your legislative career with this unreasonable bias against certain kinds of human beings who reside in your state, then so be it. But sir, I can assure you that we are going to have the last laugh. So that being the case, how's about you stop crudely mocking us here in the present?

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