What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying 4/23/13

Written by scott on April 23rd, 2013

Gay Wedding - RingsWe just posted some of these last night, and already we have a fresh batch to bring you. Let’s start down in Australia, where marriage a quality opponent is making waves with a sign he posted near a busy street in the city of Wynyard. Gay Star News reports:

The sign, which was put up next to a busy main road, depicted the male and female gender symbols next to two wedding rings. Speaking to The Advocate in Australia, Graham Hodge, the man who made and put up the sign, described marriage equality as ‘a complete misnomer’. He said his actions were ‘a subtle way of saying that man plus woman equals marriage. Hodge then said the fight for gay marriage was ‘about destroying the institution of marriage completely.’

“Destroying the institution of marriage”? Wait a minute, they get the Fox News talking points down in Australia, too? Oh, right, that’s where Rupert Murdoch is from.
Uo here in the USA, right-wing author David Barton tries to make a link between the Bible and the Constitution on marriage equality. Joe.My.God reports:

“The Declaration erects the moral standard by talking about the laws of nature and of nature’s god. Marriage has always been defined not only as a law of nature – now, it’s not necessarily in nature, but they called it a natural law that you should be married to one man, one woman because that is what divine law says; the laws of the god who created nature, the law of nature’s god even in the very beginning said one man, one woman, this is good. Jesus reiterated that in Matthew 19 and other places. So the moral standard, the moral law dictates that marriage is between and man and a woman. That was then incorporated into the Constitution in the Seventh Amendment in what was called the common law. The common law is part of the legal process. And if you look at the common law all the way through time, marriage has been part of the common that. That is why you do not allow bigamy or polygamy or other forms of ‘igamy’ that attack marriage. Marriage is a man and a woman as part of the common law, that’s part of the Constitution.”

Got it. No “igamies” allowed.

In Ohio, one of our favorites, “researcher” Paul Cameron is advising Sen. Rob Portman to tell his gay son to marry a woman. His argument, as AmericaBlog reports:

“Danish government statistics show that wedded gays and lesbians die 10 to 20 years earlier than the conventionally married,”said Cameron, citing a study of gay marriage by pro-LGBT researchers Morten Frisch and Jacob Simonsen which appeared in the March, 2013 issue of Oxford’s International Journal of Epidemiology. Examining Denmark, which in 1989 became the first country with gay marriage, they found that the average age of death for homosexually married men and women was around 60; for the conventionally married, about 80 years.

And the man whose study Cameron used? “Dr. Frisch was none too pleased that Cameron had totally abused his research, calling it ‘a tragic parody of science.'”

One more, this one from Malaysia. Gay Star News reports:

The Malaysian deputy prime minister has made his government’s position on LGBT rights clear again at a meeting of Islamic agencies in Kuala Lumpur. Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said that Malaysian Muslims were facing two challenges – the LGBT movement and demands for more freedom within the religion, The Malaysian Insider reports. Muhiyiddin said that LGBT rights advocates in Malaysia are ‘poisoning’ the minds of Muslims to accept ‘deviant practices’.

Looks like right-wing Christians don’t have a monopoly on hateful rhetoric about the LGBT community.


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