Gay Marriage

I only have two rules when it comes to this blog:

#1- Stay away from politics.


#2- When breaking Rule #1, hit ‘em hard with ultra-conservatism.  The kind of right-wing vitriol that would make Joseph McCarthy blush and say, “Dude, don’t you think you’re going a little far?”

But I’m about to break both of my rules.

I am a proud supporter of gay marriage.  And although our esteemed President recently made his pro-gay marriage stance for purely political reasons (which appear to be backfiring on him as I write this), I still applaud him.  (For those of you keeping track at home, this is the first and probably last time I will ever applaud Mr. Obama.)

Gay marriage should be a no-brainer for conservatives.  We’re supposed to be the party of small government; you know, staying out of people’s lives, allowing individuals to pursue their own happiness just so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.  We’re supposed to want the government out of our bedrooms, out of our religious institutions, out of our personal and private choices.

The really sad thing to me is that gays should be one of our most loyal voting blocs.  Considering that the same Muslims who want to kill every one of us for being infidels also think homosexuality is such a sin against Allah that it’s worthy of death.  Homosexuality is a crime in every predominantly Muslim country in the world (with the exception of Turkey I believe).  It is a death penalty offense in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Mauritania and the Chechen Republic.  And just who is going to stand up and fight for the rights of innocent gays in these countries?  Liberals?  I think not.  Only true freedom-loving conservatives have shown the willingness over the past 70 years to stand up to tyranny and fight for the oppressed.  Gays should be lining up to support those conservatives who stand against the Islamic fascists.

But instead we shun gays.  We turn them away because they don’t fit into our quaint notions of morality.  It’s the height of hypocrisy.  The Bible also says eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), but I haven’t heard any outcries for preventing shrimp eaters from living their lives.  I think lawyers, Democrats and Green Bay Packer fans are moral degenerates destined for eternal damnation, but you don’t see me trying to pass laws against their existence.  Live and let live, just so long as they stay the fuck off my lawn.

And so it should be with gays.  If you don’t like gays, good for you.  Don’t let them in your house, your church, your social club.  But how in the hell does their getting married have any impact whatsoever on your insignificant little life?  What’s that you say, it’s going to destroy the sanctity of marriage?  As if, like giving diplomas to unworthy students lessens the value of a university’s degree, gay marriage is going to somehow lessen the value of your marriage certificate?  As a single, never married man, let me express my humble opinion here: If your own marriage means anything more to you than your own personal bond between you and your spouse then you’ve entirely missed the point.

Legalizing gay marriage won’t mean you have to like gays.  It won’t mean your church will have to recognize gays or perform gay weddings in their hallowed halls.  What it will mean is that gay spouses will be able to make the same decisions and receive the same benefits that straight spouses do.  If anyone can tell me how that will change your life I’m all ears.

You can never have too many lesbians



  1. Sheer salt genius!

  2. First, I don’t think we conservatives shun gays. Sure, there are some factions that do for religious reasons. But as a whole, we don’t. Hellooooo, Log Cabin Republicans and GPac!!

    Second, I think the problem that some people have is with differentiating the term, “marriage”. It is a religious term, but the state has made it into a secular ceremony. The state has already lessened something that once was considered the provenance of God. I’m all for gays uniting in a marriage ceremony for life, don’t get me wrong. But it seems to me that this is not so much about “gay right” (and I do mean to leave out the “s”), as it is about normalizing themselves at the cost of making religion deviant. I have many gay friends, and oddly, quite a majority of them are opposed to the term “marriage” because of the religious connotation that is attached to the term. However, I do know of some gays that do wish to marry in a church, and feel that should be their right because, as one friend put it, “religion shouldn’t stop me from being happy.” To which I told her that if religion was the one thing stopping her from being happy, she had a bigger problem than just gay marriage.

    It’s a huge can of worms, to be sure. But it isn’t the gays in everyday life that are pushing buttons like this. It’s the LGBT agenda that seeks to push the state into the church, all the while crying for a separation that doesn’t even exist in our blessed Constitution. No one has to marry in a church to make their union legal. That is why I question the attacks on the religious institutions, and why I question the religious institutions decrying unions between gays. When you take away all the hullabaloo, the solution is simple: civil unions. But the people do have a vote, and I have seen that vote overturned when it goes against the PCness of the gay agenda.

    Imposing the will of the minority is bound to backfire sooner or later.

    • You make some great points, and this is certainly a more complicated issue than my 500 word post could do justice to. 🙂

      I agree with you wholeheartedly that government has co-opted the word marriage from the religious lexicon and made it a word with two totally different meanings. Religious marriage and legal marriage are not the same thing. In a perfect world, the government would do away with the entire concept of “legal marriage” and go to some form of civil unions for everyone, gay or straight. But since that’s about as likely to happen as the rest of Ron Paul’s platform, we have to deal with the real-world reality. Legal marriage, as a government institution, has to be accessible to all, regardless of orientation. Things like insurance, inheritance, custody, all of these things are put in jeopardy for gays when they are denied the protection of legal marriage. And to try and create a “civil union” that exists for gays and a “legal marriage” for straights sounds a lot like “Separate but equal” to me.

      I will fight just as hard for the right of churches to deny gays access to their institutions as I will fight for the right of gays to have access to legal marriage. But I won’t sit back while crazy religious extremists (like those fucking Utah Mormons who pumped millions of dollars into California’s Prop 8 vote) try to impose their beliefs on the rest of society.

      • That whole “Separate but Equal” aspect you bring up is coming from both sides of the aisle.

        I don’t think that “civil union” should be for gays only. I think that option should be available for those who believe in the state sanctioning the union, including atheists and those who do not believe in religion. It may be separate but equal, but then again some of them do want it just that way, too.

      • I see your point, but as long as we have this legal term called “marriage” (not the religious version), it has to be available to all.

        Believe me, being on the same side as liberals makes my skin crawl. Even when they’re right they’re wrong. Their arguments are never based on the Constitution but instead on their “feelings.” But like a blind squirrel or a broken clock, occasionally even liberals stumble upon the right answer. 😉

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  4. You’re an asshole for equating me with lawyers and Democrats. That one hurt.

  5. Re “you can never have too many lesbians”. One lesbian is too many–she needs to get back over on this side of the fence so I can mount her.

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