My Argument Against Gay Marriage Totally Works Against Inter-Racial Marriage Too
John Aravosis at AmericaBlog has a great column today in which he shows how the arguments against marriage equality would have equally applied against interracial marriages. Here, he takes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s argument and changes a couple key words:
“In 1924, Virginia voters, through their duly-elected legislators, approved legislation to define marriage as a union of one white man and one white woman. Now, with their rulings, the federal courts have again thwarted the will of the people and further eroded the authority of states to regulate and uphold our laws. and so I think about here.”
It’s as we’ve been saying all along – substitute “African American” for gay, and would any of this be ok?
They’re About to Haul Pastors Off to Jail
Ted Cruz is all over this Houston pastors and subpoenas thing:
Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBN) David Brody… asked whether we’ll “soon go through a period where pastors are hauled off to jail for a hate crime because they are speaking for traditional marriage,” Cruz responded by saying, “I think that is a real risk and you and I have both pointed to that risk in the past.”
Nobody’s going to jail for speaking out against marriage equality. In fact, no one’s going to jail for anything here. Check out Zack Ford’s amazing take-down of this whole right-wing freakout over the Houston subpoenas.
We Grieve for the Children
Cathi Herrod, head of the Center For Arizona Policy, is “grieving” for kids in Arizona who are now condemned to have gay parents:
“I am heartbroken for a country and a state that has had the redefinition of marriage forced upon them by an out of control federal judiciary. In what amounts to the de-facto Roe v Wade of marriage, voters throughout the nation have watched their voices be silenced, and their votes voided. Now, Arizona’s marriage amendment and our voters are the latest victims. While the United States Supreme Court may still take up the issue of marriage redefinition, for now the courts have settled the issue in our state. Today, we grieve. We grieve for the children who now have no chance of growing up with a mom and a dad. We mourn the loss of a culture and its ethical foundation. We mourn a culture that continues to turn its back on timeless principles. But we do not despair. We do not throw in the towel. We do not give up. Just as we have worked to build a culture of life, we will focus on rebuilding a culture of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
What, did this group have some kind of secret plan to steal kids from gay families and put them into straight ones? Because short of kidnapping, whether or not marriage equality is legal in the state, same sex parents are raising kids. Marriage equality does not change this in any way. It only provides a legal framework and safety net to help protect these kids, just as marriage protects the kids in straight relationships.