Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach has put forward marriage equality legislation that he says is a response to addressing the inequities and injustices that gay and lesbians face because their relationships cannot be honored by the state:

"We also hear the frankly strange argument that if we legalize gay marriage we will somehow have no choice but to legalize polygamy, incest and inter-species marriage. Not so. We draw reasonable lines all the time in all areas of the law. You can drive 65, but not 95. You can keep a gun, but not a truck bomb. Similarly, you can marry one partner, but not an aardvark.

Any law involves line drawing. It seems reasonable that the line should be drawn where it allows each person the opportunity to have a life partner.

I am under no illusions that this bill will become law in the short term. However, I also have no doubt that 15 years from now same-sex marriage will be legal in all 50 states, and people will be as ashamed that we ever banned it as they are now that we ever banned inter-racial marriage. My hope is that by introducing this bill now, we will start the discussion we need to have and bring the day of equality a little closer."


frogponder said...

Good point. Smart fellow.

Mark in DE said...

I love this man!

Alice is not my Name said...

He displays an uncanny amount of wisdomosity for a politician.
Someday it will be former homophobes who are ashamed to admit it instead of closet gays.

Anonymous said...

It is sad that for the movement of non discrimination marriage to move forward, we need a better champion than Leach. This guy is an idiot, and his fellow Senators know it. He is arrogant, rude, and an embarassment to the people he serves. He voted himself a pay raise and joked about the size of his friends breasts, his interest in porn, drinking wile legislating and peeking in windows while campaigning. I think we need a better person to push this through, and not a coat tail rider.