Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.
Being Gay is Like Being a Methodist
Maggie Gallagher gives gays a backhanded defense, acknowledging they are real, but then insisting the choose to be that way.
“When Christians tell me that homosexuality is ‘socially constructed’ and therefore not a ‘real; permanent feature of human existence, I generally respond ‘I know gay people exist the same way that I know that Methodists exist. I’ve met them.’ In other words, not all categories that are real are founded on fixed unchangeable essences. Sexual orientation as a concept is a way of organizing ‘given reality’ (sexual attraction) into a communal identity, the strongest kind. It is therefore not at all like race, and but rather more akin to religion. I never ever think of myself as a heterosexual, nonetheless my own ideas about my experience of sexuality (‘we are born male and female and called to come together in love in this thing called marriage’) are core enough to my identity and my sense of what is required for communal good that I am willing to suffer rather than renounce them, if necessary. They are not positions I hold, they are part of who I am.”
It’s the closest I’ve seen her come to recognizing the humanity of the LGBT community. But we still have a bit of work t do on the whole “choice” part.
Gays Want to Prey on Little Children Sexually
Michelle Bachmann is at it again, throwing some huge chunks of red meat th the homophobic base.
“I believe that we’re going to see coming an effort for multiples in marriage, not just two, but multiples in marriage. I think they wanna legalize that. I think also they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means children would… we would do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”
Seriously, where the hell does she get this stuff? Has anyone in the LGBT movement in this country advocated for even lowering the age of consent laws, let alone abolishing them? Have any of the major LGBT groups said a single thing about advocating for “multiples in marriage”? No – the only people who bring these things up are homophobes like Bachmann. Makes you wonder…
All Transgender People Are Liars
Dr Gordon Klingenschmitt, a right-wing former US Navy Chaplain, just essentially called all transgender folks liars. Speaking about a transgender woman who is suing Hobby Lobby over bathroom access, he said:
“And that not only should ban him from access to the ladies bathroom — whether or not he has the surgery, he still has XY chromosomes, he’s still a man, he’s just lying about it on his birth certificate… No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord.”
I think Rachel Maddow was right – “The biggest divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, it’s between people who care and people who don’t care.” and these anti-gay folks not nly don’t care about their fellow men and women, they actively hate some of us.
Sure, You Can Hold Your Parade – At the Dump
St. Petersburg officials are trying a new tact this year to deny the LGBT community the right to have a Pride rally. Pink News reports:
“When refusing requests, officials are obliged by law to suggest alternative venues, which was abused to suggest ludicrous locations, including the remote village of Novosyolki, and a landfill site on Vasilievsky Island.”
So the city is literally calling its LGBT citizens garbage. Nice.