Monday, December 16, 2013

Can one oppose marriage equality and not be anti-gay?

No. It's an idiotic question in the first place. The only reason that anyone opposes marriage equality is to impose their religious beliefs on others.

Nobody has ever answered the simple question "If two lesbian neighbors marry, how will that affect you?" What we get is drivel about the theoretic affects of changing the purpose of marriage none of which is supported by the evidence. After years of debate nobody has meaningfully argued that marriage equality affects anyone other than those thus wed. So if you oppose the happiness and security that marriage can bring to gay couples and their children then you are anti-gay.

Today, National Organization for Marriage shouts Gay Writer: “Being Against Gay Marriage Doesn't Make You a Homophobe.” They are referring to a piece by Brandon Ambrosino in the Atlantic. In case you are wondering who this guy is, in April Ambrosino also wrote about his experiences as a gay man at Falwell's Liberty University. His conclusion:
Well, Liberty is very different from what you might think of it. It gets a bad rap because of a few of Falwell's soundbytes, but all in all, I really enjoyed it.
Brandon, by the way, writes very well. I think that we can all agree, though,  that his perspective is quite unique. His father is a Pentecostal preacher and this young man does not want to label his own father (along with most of his family) as anti-gay.

Therefore, NOM, finding a lone gay man who doesn't think that you are a bunch of gay hating bigots doesn't get you off the hook. Not by a long shot.
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