All of them are completely. Effing. Dumb.
#1 - Kids Need a Mother and a Father!
"Nice try, MEN! We really are gonna be raised in the BEST possible environment! Go back to your STRIP clubs or something!"
#2 - Marriage is for Procreation
Oh, cool. I guess that makes sense. Thank goodness we have laws that mandate that all married couples have at least one child. And of course, it's a good thing we make everyone who wants to get married undergo fertility testing. If they can't have kids, they can't get married. That's the law.
Wait, what? Those aren't laws? At all? Because marriage isn't just about kids? Neat. Moving on.
#3 - If We Let Two Men or Two Women Get Married, What's Next? People Marrying Their Dogs?
This is an easy one to blow past because it's such a huge fucking insult to gay people, but for the sake of ranting I will break it down for the pre-schoolers in the room.
This is a man.
This is a dog.
They both look deep in thought, right? They're both attractive. I could see how right wing Christians could mix up these species. But shockingly, they actually have a few differences. For example, man is capable of complex thought. Of making an informed decision to spend the rest of their lives with someone. They are capable of SIGNING A MARRIAGE LICENSE. People have birth certificates, and driver's licenses, and other forms of ID you might need to OBTAIN that marriage license. See where I'm going here? While I know some people who probably would be pretty content to marry their dogs, it's not happening any time soon.
Variations on this theme include, "What's next, siblings getting married?" "What's next, three people entering into a marriage?" Well, on the first point - ew! Gross! There's solid scientific reasons we've determined siblings shouldn't get married - it's called inbreeding. Google European royalty. There's some really terrifying stuff there. To the second point - I know this may be surprising, but advocates of gay marriage don't really want several people to be able to get married. Just two. Two consenting humans. That's all. And if somewhere in the future Triple Marriage Advocates become a thing, that's their fight. Let them fight it.
#3 - But God Said it was Wrong.
First things first - which God? Oh, the Judeo Christian version of God? That not everyone in the world believes in? Okay. Guess the millions of people who believe in Krishna/Allah/TheFlyingSpaghettiMonster/Nothing don't factor in. But that's fine.
So this God said it somewhere in Leviticus, right? That a man shall not lie down with another man. All right. So everyone who truly believes those words, and uses that as a reason why being gay is wrong and to avoid giving them equal rights - those people probably follow all the other laws of the Bible/Torah too. I'm sure they never eat shellfish! I'm sure they'd be chill with allowing a father to sell his children to slavery! They'd never wear a cotton-poly blend! Right? Cause those are laws too, you dumb bitches. You can't cherry pick and decide which law you like and which you don't. It's all or nothing. Yeah, there's the Big 10 - don't kill, don't say "fuck you mom," etc - but the homosexual thing doesn't appear in those. It's more of a minor thing, a passing mention.
"Put down the lobster, heathens!"
For those who really do believe it, I say, you know what? That's fine. I think you're wrong, but that's fine. Don't be gay. Don't lie down with another man or whatever. I don't care. Because my beliefs should not infringe on your life. My religion says you shouldn't be mixing meat and milk in the same meal, but do I go to your state and try to pass laws banning the sale of butter and meat together? No. Because you live your life, and I live mine. So keep your religious nuttery out of MY life, and I'll keep my hippie liberal ways out of yours.
You know who else felt that way? That your shit shouldn't interfere with my shit? Those founding fathers that Bible thumpers love to reference! Those founding fathers were so concerned with a little thing called SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE that they wrote it into the laws of this country as they formed it. It means that no matter what you believe or your pastor tells you, you can't put it into law, because other people might not believe in it! Your religion shouldn't run anyone's life but your own. You stupid pieces of shit.
#4 - But Marriage Has ALWAYS Been Defined as Between One Man and One Woman!
Okay, well this one's easy - no it hasn't!
You think cavepeople kissed their "wife" goodbye when they went out a-huntin? They might've grabbed a cavelady and smooched her, but they sure as hell didn't call her a wife. That concept is a modern one in humanity. And plenntyyy of modern societies had what we might call "shady" views on relationships. Greeks and Romans were pretty chill with homosexuality, and divorce also carried absolutely no social stigma - people split up and got remarried all the time. Mormons, some of the biggest opponents of gay marriage, were once totes fine with one man having as many wives as he pleased. But some people insist this is how it's always been. So you're telling me marriage has allllwaays been a certain way? Fine - let's assume you're right, for argument's sake. SO FUCKING WHAT?
This guy comes up when you google "So what?" He really does convey a certain "fuck it" attitude. I mean, he had to embrace it after he put on that tie, right?
A LOT of things used to be one way and they are now another. It's called evolving as a society. Black people used to not be allowed to marry white people (although, to be fair, I think many of the Bible toting Obama-is-a-Kenyan-believing one toothed hicks against gay marriage would probably prefer that was still a law too). White people used to be able to OWN BLACK PEOPLE (see previous parentheses). Women couldn't vote. People couldn't drink alcohol! Come on! We've knocked down tons of stuff as a country, and put plenty more into our constitution. There's no reason this should be any different.
#5 - It Just Aint Natural!
I don't really know what this argument means. Obviously it is natural for the people who are gay. Which I wholeheartedly assure you is not a choice, but that's a whole other blog entry. Just because it's not natural for YOU? Well guess what - straighty sex isn't natural for gay people. They think it's weird and gross, just like homophobes think gay sex is icky and wrong. Shocking, I know! People are different! So weird! My sister can roll her tongue but I can't! I hate coconut but my mom doesn't! I was born with curly hair, and my friend has straight hair! Differences!
#6 - Gay Marriage Devalues My Straight Marriage
This one is particularly weird. It lessens the value of your marriage if gay people are allowed to get married? Because they're shaming the institution of marriage, right? To this I have two main arguments:
- Kim Kardashian.
- No it doesn't
*see also: Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman
"Thank God I can celebrate the sacredness of marriage as an institution by selling the rights to broadcast mine on TV!"
As for my second argument, "No it doesn't," I'm really not sure how much I have to expound upon that. Newsflash - gay marriage is already legal in several states. Why, it's legal right here in good ol' New York. And guess what? My parents' 37 year straight marriage is still totes fine! In fact, I'm pretty sure nobody notices when other straight people in the state get married, so why should they start noticing when gays do? (Unless the fireworks and glitter get in their faces). The truth is, it has absolutely no impact on anyone else's life. Your pathetic and probably super boring straight marriage is still there. No amount of gays getting married can wreck it as "an institution," whatever that means. Get over yourself. You're not that important, and everyone deserves the same rights you have.
And that's what it all comes down to. Being gay shouldn't make anyone a second class citizen. They deserve the same basic rights as everyone else. I can't wait for all the old people against gay marriage to die so it can just pass as a national law already. Frankly it's embarrassing that our country is still dragging our feet on it. Then again, America is kind of an embarrassment on several levels, aren't we. We only rank like 28th for math skills in our students. Soon to be 27 - we're comin' for you, Latvia!
Maybe someday we'll even have a gay President. Oh wait, we already did.
Lookin' at you, James Buchanan.