What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – 4/16/13

Written by scott on April 16th, 2013

We’ve got a whole new batch for you all… from the ridiculous to the offensive.

First off, the offensive – Matt Barber warns that we all need to get used to gays raping children, referring to a case in New York that has yet to be tried. As Joe.My.God reported, He tweeted:

“Get used to this >> Two “gay married” men “adopt” (read acquire) 9 boys. Rape them repeatedly.”

As Joe.My.God notes:

As I reported earlier this week, the two men have rejected a plea bargain and have demanded a trial to clear their names. Note that Barber does not use the words “accused” or “allegedly” in his tweet.

Also, might I point out that not every straight adoptive couple has treated their adopted children well. Even if it’s true (and it would be a horrible shame), how does what one couple did reflect on all the other gay and lesbian couples who have adopted kids and who raise them well?

Down in Ecuador, a Presidential candidate has been barred from politics for homophobic comments. Pink News reports:

Nelson Zavala had been fined #2,014, for making the comments that gay people could be “cured”, were “immoral”, and suffering from “severe deviation of conduct”. Nelson Zavala polled just 1.23% of the vote in February’s elections in the country. He has been banned for political activity for a year. He is unable to stand as a candidate or be involved with a political party or movement.

In nearby Paraguay, the presidential race frontrunner has been spewing his share of homophobic remarks. The New York Times reports:

In a radio interview this month, Mr. Cartes, 57, theatrically threatened to inflict harm on his own private parts if his 28-year-old son were to seek to marry another man. “I would shoot myself in the testicles, because I do not agree,” he said, using slightly more colorful language to describe how he would react to such a possibility.

Over in Ireland, conservative politician Ronan Mullen called the marriage equality vote at the constitutional convention “flawed”. Gay Star News reports:

Speaking to Morning Ireland, Mullen said: ‘I felt it was a case of nice people but a very flawed process.’ He said the documents the delegates were given did not cover the ‘relevant issues’, for example the impact of changing the constitution to include same-sex marriage, and whether adoption and assisted reproduction would be affected. Mullen said when it comes to adoption, heterosexual couples should be given preference over homosexual couples.

Our old foe Tony Perkins wants to show his Christian love of gay couples by keeping them from marrying. Joe.My.God reports on Perkins’ tweet:

“Christians must love advocates of same-sex marriage better than they love themselves precisely by refusing to endorse it.”

Our old buddy Pat Buchanan is at it again, too. Think Progress reports:

Prelates could be declaring from pulpits everywhere that the triumph of gay rights is a defeat for God’s Country, and the new laws are immoral and need neither be respected nor obeyed… Something akin to this could be in the cards if the homosexual rights movement is victorious – a public rejection of the new laws by millions and a refusal by many to respect or obey them. The culture war in America today may be seen as squabbles in a day-care center compared to what is coming. A new era of civil disobedience may be at hand.

Why is it that these guys always threaten violence if they don’t get their way?

Actor Jeremy Irons, who got himself into hot water recently by saying that marriage equality would lead to fathers marrying sones, now wishes he’d kept his mouth shut. On Top Magazine reports:

“It changes it, doesn’t it? I mean marriage is about procreation, really. That’s how historically it has always been. I was just rather amused by the idea which I put forward. It had nothing to do with my feelings, Mike. I think gay marriage is wonderful.” … “I’ll tell you what I felt,” Irons interrupted. “I felt I should have buttoned my lip. I was just flying a kite.”

That makes two of us.

In France, a Catholic Cardinal is warning of violence in the country if the marriage equality bill is passed. Joe.My.God reports:

“This is the way a violent society develops,” he told the spring meeting of the French bishops’ conference. “Society has lost its capacity of integration and especially its ability to blend differences in a common project.” Vingt-Trois accused the government of rushing the law through parliament without sufficient public debate. “Forcing it through can simplify things for a while,” he said. “To avoid paralyzing political life when there are grave economic and social decisions to take, it would have been more reasonable and simple to not have started this process.”

So let me get this straight – because straight people will get angry and break things if gay people can marry, we shouldn’t let gay people marry. Got it.

And finally, an anti gay “church” in Kansas is saying stupid things about marriage equality and Boston, but we refuse to give them any press. You can google it if you want to know more.


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