Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mr. Vander Plaats and Mr. Brown

Iowa is now in its fourth year of marriage equality and its fourth year of anti-gay groups trying to overturn marriage equality because of religious objections. Noticeably absent from their arguments are Iowans who have suffered at the hands of evil gays because they were allowed to marry. Oh, the horror of it all. Where are all the victims?

Des Moines Iowa is enjoying a crazy fest today as marriage inequality advocates are demonstrating in support of a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It's a challenge to determine which of these pricks is crazier, dumber or more intellectually dishonest. According to Vannder Plaats, head of Iowa's Family Leader:
If we want marriage equality, let’s just stop for a second. Why stop at same-sex marriage? Why not have polygamy? Why not have a dad marry his son or marry his daughter? If we’re going to have marriage equality, let’s open this puppy up and let’s have marriage equality . . . Otherwise, let’s stick to the way God designed it – one man and one woman, period.
Seriously Bob? The slippery slope is the best that you can do? By the way, Bob, God's design was apparently polygamy. Why mess with that? This is known as the "marry their dog" argument.  The fact is that nobody is suggesting that they want to marry their dog, a sibling parent, child or multiples of the same. All these guys do is prove that they do not have a coherent argument to support their assertion that marriage equality has an adverse effect on so-called "traditional" marriage.

For his part, Brian Brown of National Organization for Marriage offers the spectacularly stupid:
We hear that this is about civil rights, and that those of us who oppose the redefinition of marriage are somehow bigots . . . And yet, what Dr. Martin Luther King called the most important civil right – the right to vote – these very same folks are trying to deprive us of this right.
Presumably even Brian Brown knows that Dr. King was advocating for the right of minorities to vote. Nowhere and at no time did Dr. King offer to submit his civil rights to the whims of the electorate.

If these nitwits had a coherent argument     they would offer it.
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