June 20, 2007

Approaching Marriage Equality in New York

New York's State Assemblypasses a marriage equality bill, the first such law to be passed with a handful of Republican votes. One of the Republicans who voted in favor of the bill had this to say:

... Assembly member Teresa Sayward, from the more conservative upstate New York, has a gay son and was the only Republican co-sponsor of the bill.

My son didn't want to be different. Lord knows he wanted to change, said Sayward during the floor debate. It is not a life choice. My God loves my son. And as sure as Im standing here tonight, this is certainly not for me, nor should it be for any of us, anything other than a civil rights issue. ...

It continues to amaze me how rigid fundamentalists think that discouraging unhappy heterosexual couples from divorcing, and forbidding loving homosexual couples from marrying, somehow strengthens marriage as an institution.

Posted by natasha at June 20, 2007 12:13 PM | GLBT | Technorati links |
Comments

I'm full of comments tonight.

You see, you need to apply the same logic as the "if we don't fight them in Iraq, the terrorists will follow us home" thinking. It doesn't have to make sense or have any basis in fact. You just have to say, "Allowing gays to marry will force straight folks the world over to immediately run out and get divorces."

Plus, while all the straight people are divorcing and anarchy persists, the terrorists will sneak in. Since only the gays and lesbians will not be in the throes of this chaos, they could save us, but ... nope, they can't serve openly in the military. Shit!

Posted by: Scott at June 20, 2007 06:37 PM

I'm full of comments tonight.

You see, you need to apply the same logic as the "if we don't fight them in Iraq, the terrorists will follow us home" thinking. It doesn't have to make sense or have any basis in fact. You just have to say, "Allowing gays to marry will force straight folks the world over to immediately run out and get divorces."

Plus, while all the straight people are divorcing and anarchy persists, the terrorists will sneak in. Since only the gays and lesbians will not be in the throes of this chaos, they could save us, but ... nope, they can't serve openly in the military. Shit!

Posted by: Scott at June 20, 2007 06:38 PM