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March 26, 2013


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If gay marriage being called something else happened organically, and did not result from legal discrimination against gays, gay marriages simply being called something else might not be terribly offensive. The reason that it is currently objectionable is that gay marriage being described differently is not simply an organic facet of the evolution of language. It would be, instead the result of homophobes intentionally using the law to try to exclude and demean gays. The symbolism, to some people, is saying "you aren't good enough for marriage, so we have to create a separate category that we can deem lesser, even if it has the same legal rights." Which is incredibly offensive.
Think of this civil rights movement comparison: having a separate but equal water fountain, in theory, if it happened purely coincidentally, oughtn't to be terribly offensive. But in reality, separate wasn't equal, and it didn't happen coincidentally. It happened because bigots were trying to exclude and demean black people. It was used as a tool of racial discrimination, which is why it was wrong. Similarly, creating a separate category just to satisfy bigots who want to treat gays as less would be wrong. Legally, marriage covers the rights gay couples want. There is no compelling reason to exclude them from it just because you like the current definition of a word.

This isn't about water fountains or lunch counters. Don't insult readers with that intellectually lazy garbage.

This is about Sodom and Gomorrah, same-sex couples want sexual deviance to be acceptable by society, that's it. Period.

"Equality" for people seeking selfish pleasure.

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