Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Same-sex marriage will destroy our children!  

A little girl runs into a kitchen. Her mom asks, "What did you learn in school today?" The girl replies, "I learned how a prince married a prince, and I can marry a princess!" The mother's face falls. She is appalled.

Why is this so horrifying to people who are desperately trying to defeat same-sex marriage in California? I have absolutely no fucking clue.

The ads supporting Proposition 8, which would heartlessly snatch away marriage rights that were just granted to same-sex couples in California, are disgusting. They make me angry. They lie (in actuality, the defeat of Proposition 8 would not affect education in schools), they use cheap and shameful tactics, and they promote a message of discrimination and inequality. Someone tell me how exactly is Proposition 8 any fucking different than the Jim Crowe laws?! How is "you can get married, but you can't get married" any different than "you can sit here, but you can't sit here"?

These ads are truly appalling. There is no excuse for denying two people who love each other the right to marry. One ad actually had a slideshow of dozens of photos of heterosexual couples to "prove" how "sacred" marriage is. Give me 10 minutes and I can find just as many pictures of happy same-sex couples. Or unhappy heterosexual couples.

I don't understand what opponents of gay marriage are so fucking scared of. GOD FORBID children learn about different types of people. GOD FORBID you have to see two women walking out of a church or a temple after having just been wed. GOD FORBID the marriage application says "Party A" and "Party B" instead of "bride" and "groom." GOD FORBID GOD FORBID GOD FORBID! If gay marriage is finally legalized, people will see that it does not affect them. The world will still go round, marriage will still be valued in our society, and Nazis will not come back riding on dinosaurs. I promise. Everything will be okay.

Yet, there are dedicated supporters of Proposition 8 who feel that somehow their existence will be threatened by sharing their heterosexual privilege. Those people produce ads like these:

However, there are equally dedicated people who will do everything they can to oppose stripping people of their rights through Proposition 8. Those people produce ads like these:

Please please please vote no on Prop 8.

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7 comments: to “ Same-sex marriage will destroy our children!

  • October 23, 2008 at 1:35 AM  

    Oh it's definitely the gays that are ruining the sanctity of marriage... not the morons that get trashed in Vegas and get married, only to get a divorce days later.

    And I've always loved the argument that allowing gays to marriage will somehow threaten the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. If you're SO fucking insecure in your own marriage, maybe you shouldn't be married. If something that STRANGERS do with their own personal lives can have that much of an effect on your own marriage, you need to rethink the whole situation.

    And I know I live in sort of a bubble (in a more progressive area of brooklyn where I see lots of same sex couples with kids)... but kids can be VERY perceptive and very open-minded. I see them being fine with having 2 mommies or 2 daddies.. it's their life and it's what they know.. none of them are having crises.

  • October 23, 2008 at 1:46 AM  

    I think those "yes on Prop 8" ads just scarred me for life. As an antidote, check out this Republicans against prop 8 ad over at Queers United and Ellen on her show taking a stand against Palin.

  • October 23, 2008 at 1:56 AM  

    My kids have had two mothers for nearly ten years now, and all three of them will tell you that they have the "coolest" family of anyone they know. Whenever they say "my parents" they aren't talking about their father, (my ex), and me, they're referring to my partner and me.

    I hope that California will do the right thing and defeat this unjust proposition.

  • October 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

    LOL- Nazis on dinosaurs!

    Plenty of gay couples have already married. I noticed that the world didn't turn inside out. Rain still falls down, and not up. The sun is the center of the solar system. Birds fly, fish swim. ...Oh & hetero marriages didn't crumble to dust!

    Everyone goes on about states' rights. But how does this affect anyone other than the people getting married? No matter how they rephrase it, the only reason to oppose gay marriage is if you're offended by the notion of gay people being equal to straight people and their love being considered just as legitimate. So- being against it makes you a bigot. END OF DISCUSSION!

    I am in a straight relationship and we are making the decision not to get married. Just as I feel I have that right, I think anyone else should to be able TO get married if that's what they want.

  • October 24, 2008 at 7:42 AM  

    I just watched the videos. I just wondering if one of the pro prop 8 would make any points at all. I almost laughed when they said it's unfair that if gay marriage is retained that anyone who opposes it will be considered a bigot!

    Um, anyone who opposes it IS being bigoted. WTF? Oh noes, and our kids will be taught that there's such a thing as fairness and justice and people who discriminate might be penalized under the law!

    So basically they're saying "Vote yes on Prop 8 otherwise it will be almost illegal to treat gays the way we always have."


    Btw, I love how many religious leaders are rallying to keep gay marriage legal.

  • October 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM  

    The article about schools in California was interesting. Sounds like the schools are doing a lot of right and have been for a while despite parents who don't approve. Maybe in 20 years California will be a lot more tolerant.

  • October 26, 2008 at 12:50 PM  

    Wow, the arguments used by Alissa in the first "vote yes" ad are very convincing...for the *other* side! She's saying that this issue is about controlling others' bodies and freedoms; um, yes, we know. That's what we've been saying the whole time, right? You could literally take her statement, edit out the "yes" part, and use it as an effective argument *against* Prop 8.