First off, perennial favorite Maggie Gallagher. She claims the proof’s in that marriage equality doesn’t strengthen marriage. Joe.My.God reports:
“Marriage is decaying so rapidly that it’s hard to pinpoint gay marriage as the cause. We can point out that the young, precisely the group most committed to gay marriage as a social ideal, do (and to me not surprisingly) increasingly disconnect marriage and children. The change in the law is a marker of the underlying cultural shift, and the campaign for gay marriages crystalize a particular vision of what marriage is and why it is valuable. All that may be debateable, but can we at least agree the noble dream of Jonathan Rauch, David Brooks, and others that gay marriage will strengthen marriage as a social institution just doesn’t happen?”
Notice how her uncertainty about gay marriage as the cause doesn’t stop her from blaming it anyway. That’s what happens when you choose your conclusion first and work backwards.
Our other entry this morning – UK MP Ian Paisley Jr. was challenged abut an earlier (2007) statement that he was repulsed by gays. Pink News reports:
At the time he said: “I am, unsurprisingly, a straight person. I am pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism. I think it is wrong. I think that those people harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society.” He added: “That doesn’t mean to say that I hate them. I mean, I hate what they do.” Responding to a question by David Dimbleby, Mr Paisley said: “I am repulsed by many things.The actions, and not specificly the individuals. I am repulsed by people who are not homosexual as well sometimes.”
But don’t you dare call him homophobic:
“I’ll be accused of being homophobic, almost as bad as being a racist, and everything else that’s nasty in the world.” He added that “Christians are scared off about expressing this sort of view.”
Isn’t being repulsed by gays kind of the textbook definition of being homophobic?