Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Boycott interior decorators

(I'd like to point out that I know it's pretty unoriginal to parody O'Reilly's "Talking Points", but I couldn't help myself)

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right… Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.”
-John Cornyn, (R) Texas

That's what gets me about this whole debate. How is it that love between two consenting adults undermines anything? The "instituion of marriage" has been a laughingstock for years now. You've got Britney Spears' 2 day marriage, Elizabeth Taylor's eight marriages, and I guess soon we're going to have box turtle marriages.

I had a history teacher last year who was a moderate Republican (I know, they're hard to come by). She showed her true colors one day when she commented that the legalization of gay marriages would "open the door for child pornographers and child molestors." When asked how she made the jump from marriage to pedophilia, she said they're "both alternative lifestyles."


Sometimes I put on my socks before I put on my pants. Most people don't do that. Should we make a Constitutional amendment barring people from putting socks on before pants? The truth is the gay community would be a credit to marriage. The vast majority don't want to get married on a whim, and certainly won't get married out of social pressure. They get married for one reason: love. If that love is strong enough to make them fight the established social structure against them, then more power to them.

The real agenda here is for the Republicans to try to put Kerry and Edwards in a tight spot. If they vote against the Constitutional ban, for months we'll see ads that say "Kerry and Edwards voted AGAINST family values. They hate America." If they vote for the ban (which will never happen), then it'll be the most famous flip-flop. If they don't vote at all, then they're "running from the issues."

It makes me sick to think that people can try to equate pedophilia with gay marriage. On one hand you have victimization; the other, a healthy lifestyle. The only thing that's unhealthy here is the hate and homophobia representing us in the Senate. And box turtles; they bite.