Monday, October 07, 2013

The Luncay, Idiocy & Fallacy Of The Marriage Equality Fight In Pennsylvania

The Lunacy, The Idiocy, The Fallacy: Santorum, Creighton and Corbett
One of the weapons that the ‘other side’ of the marriage equality fight uses when they’re backed up against the wall is to compare the idea of allowing same-sex couples the right to marry being equal to any number of horrific or idiotic unions.

The idiotic is almost funny, like when, during his 2012 presidential campaign, Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, likened marriage equality to a napkin, not a paper towelwater, not beertea, not basketballa tree, not a car.

Huh? But Santorum is from Pennsylvania, and it’s in Pennsylvania that the latest fight for marriage equality is heating up, so the politicos up that way are crawling from the woodwork to say derogatory thing about two men, or two women, wanting to be married to one another.

Tom Creighton, a Lehigh County Commissioner, compares the marriage equality battle to forcing the government to subsidize people’s pets:
“The state has a ban on same-sex marriage, so why should the county be offering benefits for same-sex marriage? I don’t feel the county should be looking for new ways to give away taxpayer money. Next it could be giving money out to people’s pets or whatever. No, it probably won’t go that far.”
It sounds like, right there at the end of his ludicrous statement, he realized how stupid he was because he backtracked off the remarks; but the remarks are still out there, and will still be incorporated into the fight.
No Marriage Equality! No Obamacare For Cats!
Creighton made his remarks to promote his amendment to the Lehigh County budget, which would deny benefits to the same-sex partners of county employees “whose marriage is recognized in another state.”

This, um, yeah, is why we need a federal marriage equality law, so these little pockets of bigotry can join the rest of us in the 21st century.

But, while Rick Santorum’s statements are idiotic — which is true of all Santorum statements — and Creighton’s statement is ludicrous, there are also other points-of-view that are downright damming, and dangerous, especially when coming from someone higher up the government.

Last August, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, who enlisted the state’s attorney’s to fight against marriage equality sat back while the attorneys called allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to marry as being equal to allowing children the right to marry, as neither may legally do so in Pennsylvania.

He tried to backtrack, but even while doing so he stepped in it further, and deeper. This week Corbett, when asked about that statement, called it “inappropriate,” but then said "a much better analogy would have been brother and sister." Yes, allowing committed same-sex couples the right to marry is the same as allowing brothers and sisters to marry.

And that’s the fight we’re up against. But Corbett, facing low approval ratings and a reelection campaign, sought to distance himself from his double dose of lunacy, and issued a non-apology apology:
"I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories. My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize."
He didn’t mean to offend anyone when he said, let’s say, if Bob and Carlos can marry, then why can’t Bob and his sister marry? He meant no offense, and IF you were offended then he’s sorry.

Openly gay Pennsylvania Representative, Brian Sims, though isn’t accepting the apology, writing on his Facebook page:
“All day long I've been hearing about the Governor's comments earlier this morning comparing marriage equality to incest. In truth, I'm not giving him or his comments all that much thought and I encourage you to do the same.
No one, not even his own party, would argue that he’s an intellectual heavyweight or even a particularly thoughtful person. The larger issue is that despite the fact that the majority of Pennsylvanians disagree with him, he continues to be the heaviest hitter in Pennsylvania’s anti-equality crusade.
Our job isn’t just to be frustrated with the homophobia coming from the Governor’s Mansion, it’s to do everything we can to ensure that his chapter in Pennsylvania’s political history is as sad and short as his record on schools, economic development and civil rights.
Tom Corbett has been a disaster for Pennsylvania for so many reasons and I hope this fuels your resolve to vote him out of office.”
And that advice is how we rid our political offices from the Neanderthals who think marriage equality is like a napkin, but not a paper towel, or forcing government to care for our pets, or allowing children, or siblings, to marry.


Find the officeholders who are against marriage equality and simple vote them out.

Corbett compares gay marriage to incest

3 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

CAN YOU BELIEVE the bullshit we have to endure in this fucked-up state?

don't worry, spouse and I are voting the guv OUT next year; that's all we can stands, we can't stands no more. hell, we didn't vote for him the first time around; we know an idiot when we see one (just like mr. frothy mix)!

the guv also has a bad rep for transportation, schools, seniors, the jobless; don't give any of these money, but kiss the almighty ass of the gas fracking industry!

pennsyltucky does it again!

the dogs' mother said...

Really if a cat and a paper towel show up to get married then deal with it at the time. Since it is not going to happen why worry about it? (Paper towels around here are shredded, eaten and then get picked up in the backyard...)

Keith Pullman said...

Make the bigots defend ALL of their bigotry. What's wrong with letting an adult marry ANY and ALL consenting adults? We're talking about consenting adults who want to be together, and there’s no good reason to stop them. Some same-gender relationships and marriages ARE consanguineous (I personally know some). A man should not only be able to marry another man, but two or more other men or his brother.

Strictly speaking, whether a marriage is same-gender or heterosexual is a different category than whether it is exogamous or interracial, endogamous, or consanguineous. That exogamous/endogamous/consanguineous is a different category from heterosexual/same-gender is not a justification to deny the freedom to marry to consenting adults, or deny them marriage equality. Relationship rights belong to all adults.

Something does not have to be immutable or inborn, like sexual orientation, to be legal. However, there are people (especially with Genetic Sexual Attraction) who are in consanguineous relationships who would swear to you that they couldn’t love anyone as much as they love their partner(s).

Equality "just for some" is NOT equality. Let and adult marry ANY and ALL consenting adults.