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Re: “The right wing's twisted arguments against gay marriage

What this all comes down to is that (some) religious people hate gay people because they were brought up to believe that they should. This has nothing to do with undermining marriage (flat-out lie) or procreation (not required for marriage) or polygamy (still illegal everywhere) or marrying your toaster. It's pure animus, cloaked in a cozy blanket of religious indoctrination.

It's very telling when Stam says, "Miscegenation laws never had the slightest basis in morality, biology or good political philosophy." In other words, because of his CHOSEN religious beliefs he thinks that all gay people are immoral. That is an opinion, not fact. I'd be willing to wager huge sums of money that Ellen DeGeneres is more "moral" than Paul Stam. Someone's sexual orientation does not make that person automatically immoral. I could easily name thousands of immoral straight people throughout history. But I'm not trying to pass laws to discriminate against all straight people based on the immorality of some heterosexuals.

Stam is also using faulty logic when he says that if you allow gays to marry, then you have to allow polygamy and incestuous marriage. Reasons for discrimination are not the same for different things. We don't allow incestuous marriages because families are already related by law, and children are incapable of consenting to adult relationships. Two consenting unrelated gay adults have nothing to do with polygamy or incest. You can also use Paul's same question regarding interracial marriage. "If you let people of different races marry, then what's to prevent polygamy and people wanting to marry their dogs?" When the Supreme Court forced interracial marriage on the entire country, 70% deemed it immoral. Amazingly, fifty years later the country hasn't been destroyed because people of different races were permitted to marry.

Another pertinent question for Stam is, "Why isn't polygamy legal in Massachusetts (or Canada, Spain, Belgium, Argentina, Norway, Iceland, Neterlands, Portugal, South Africa and Sweden)? Same-sex marriage has been legal there for over 7 years. Where are the massive groups of citizens demanding the right to polygamous marriage?" That's right, they don't exist.

Stams statements are called slippery-slope arguments for a reason. None of these things has happened anywhere that marriage equality is legal, and there's no proof that they ever will happen. "What if" scenarios are not a basis to discriminate against law-abiding taxpaying citizens.

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Posted by David in Houston on 09/07/2011 at 2:11 PM

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