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09/18/2013

IL Family Institute's Laurie Higgins: Gay marriages are 'far more radical' than incestuous ones

by Jeremy Hooper

The reliably hostile Laurie Higgins, lead researcher for the Illinois Family Institute, continues to show fence-sitting Illinois lawmakers the true heart of the state's "protect marriage" movement:

201308200915"I don’t see the relevance of your friendship with a homosexual couple to the question of what marriage is or why the government is involved. If I knew a father and daughter who were in love and committed to spending their lives together, my view of the importance of the criterion regarding blood kinship would not change. And recognizing homosexual unions as “marriages” is far more radical a redefinition of marriage than would be recognizing incestuous heterosexual unions as marriages." [IFI]

Yup, Laurie seriously believes it'd be less radical for me to marry and be sexually active with my mother than to be married to my (non-blood, consenting, loving) husband. She, the person who the IFI trusts to research and recite the reasons why gay people should not be free to marry, just put that out there in print, smack dab on the website of the state's big "pro-family" group. To Laurie (and by fair extension the IFI), having a fully realized and legally recognized Oedipus/Electra Complex is better than having a fully realized gay orientation and legally recognized same-sex marriage.

This is the agenda keeping loving Illinois couples from marriage equality. It traverses the bounds of good policy, sure. But at this point, it's also well off the plane of decency.

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