14 July 2004

On the Gay Marriage Amendment

I listened to that certifiable idiot Rick Santorum's [R-PA] diatribe from the Senate Floor yesterday on the 'sanctity of marriage'.

Number one, I got a problem with the phrase 'sanctity of marriage' when 50% of the marriages in this country end in divorce. I know gay couples who are together twenty years or more, beautiful, loving relationships that would be the envy of heterosexual couples. Why shouldn't those relationships be looked up to? Why aren't they 'sanctified'? When two people, regardless of race, age, or gender, are so committed to each other that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, who are we to say it's bad?

Number two, why is it all these Christo-Fascist assholes who yell the loudest about this, are the ones who are caught with their pants around their ankles? Newt Gingrich was fucking an intern while he was still married, Ol' Rush, same thing. Where's the sanctity of their marriages, where is the commitment they made? And did they make the commitment so lightly, frivolously, and if so, where's the sanctity in that?

Call me a hopeless romantic, but asking someone to marry you should be the hardest decision of your life, next to deciding to have a child. I'll comment on that someday too. Marriage should be forever, or at least that's where your mind should be when you pop the question. If you want to preserve the sanctity of marriage, make it harder for heterosexual couples to get divorced.

That fucking moron Santorum, and the rest of his ilk, should think about the children of divorce, rather than a loving couple wanting to spend the rest of their lives together. If you want to do something good, enact laws to protect these children who are often used as pawns by people who shouldn't have been married in the first place. People who, were it not so easy to get out of a marriage, might have thought twice about it in the first place, let alone have children whose little minds they'll fuck up later.

Seems that everything's in play for use by these Jesus freak lunatics in the game of politics. This whole furor over gay marriage is political, and a waste of time, and after all the bullshit yesterday, the question will be decided where it should be, at the state level. Rat bastids.


Well, the dog's empty and I'm off to the mines. Have a good day.

Update 14:05: From Glen at A Brooklyn Bridge:

Marriage, Cafeteria Fundamentalism, and the Rights of Straight Americans

The little engine that couldn't. Sound and fury conveying nothing. Whimpers. Pick your own apt phrase. Happily, the Federal Marriage Amendment is going nowhere. So far, proponents can't get a simple majority necessary to bypass normal rules and introduce this obscenity to the full Senate, where it will crash and burn again. Last I heard, eleven of the twelve senators from New England are lined up against it. (Sununu was being coy.) Most of New England's senators are Republicans. Good.

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