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Saturday, October 22, 2016

George W. Bush deserves a crumb of credit for the historic success of the same-sex marriage movement in the last half-decade.

By making a Constitutional amendment banning “gay marriage” a centerpiece of his 2004 re-election campaign, Bush helped America see that opposition to marriage equality was like most of his policies: a cowardly distraction.

Less than a decade later, even the most backward conservatives are beginning to recognize that proponents of same-sex marriage are blessed with unbeatable strategic advantages that have all been nurtured by a triumphant LGBT movement that will be studied, revered and imitated for generations.

The once well-funded opposition to gay rights sees more and more that it isn’t in their economic interest to continue opposing the inevitable. It won’t win them big elections as it did in 2004, and the amount of money they can raise off people’s fear of change is dwindling every day.

Big oil will never give up on opposing climate science because their profits depend on it. If the NRA lets any gun safety legislation through, it hurts their credibility with the gun industry funders. But the growing consensus against a federal ban on same-sex marriage, even on the right, has religious conservatives recognizing that their money is better spent pursuing their agenda in red states, where they actually have a chance of winning.

A huge advantage for those on the side of equal marriage is that there is no actual rational argument against it.

Any opposition to letting LGBT couples marry is clearly grounded in religious bigotry, based on the same kind of selective reading of the Bible once employed by slaveowners and racists.

Few elected Republicans — except the likes of Louie Gohmert (R-TX) — are willing to make the ridiculously offensive argument that same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy, incest and bestiality. Now it’s mostly left to the pro-wrestling wing of the GOP — Dr. Ben Carson and Breitbarts-in-training like Ben Shapiro — to suggest that a legal contract between two consenting, non-related adults has perverse implications.

Arguing that including homosexuals in the rights of marriage will lead to moral decay makes as much sense as saying that heterosexual marriages will lead to underage marriage or bigamy. It only reveals that you think being gay is basically akin to criminal act, which is an argument that only openly bigoted people make, often with the help of neo-Nazi “research.”

“Serious” Republicans — like those who argued against equal marriage in the Supreme Court — are stuck with suggesting that marriage is essentially for childbirth and childrearing, thus restrictions can be applied to homosexuals (but not barren or mature heterosexual couples, for some completely non-bigoted reason).

Of course, marriage being for childrearing isn’t an argument against equal marriage, it’s an argument to let millions of gay parents marry.

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  • Giving George W. Bush credit for marriage equality because he proposed a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage is like crediting an electric chair operator for contributing to a higher fertility rate. Ws position on same sex marriage reflected the mentality of the neanderthals that continue to deny fellow Americans the same rights and privileges the rest of us enjoy. He is a poster child for the medieval and “values” we have embraced until now.

  • jointerjohn

    Some years ago I was asked whether I thought that extending the right of marriage to LGBTs would erode the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. I responded, “no, we heterosexuals are doing a fine job of that right now and don’t need any help.”

  • Canistercook

    Since about half the population support only heterosexual marriage and the other half support homosexual marriage I think instead of fighting over marriage we should do away with it and endorse union contracts between people and let marriage be left to church groups depending on how they accept the word. There are privileges and rights that were accorded to marriage due to the fact that the majority of heterosexual marriages produced
    offspring that needed protection but with changing the basis of ‘marriage’ those privileges and rights need changing to reflect fairness and equality and common sense..

  • Lovefacts

    Marriage is nothing more than contract law–whether between heterosexuals or homosexuals. It’s registed with the state and you must go to a court to dissolve it. Up until the 20th century, brides brought a dowry and there was a marriage contract for the wealthy and middle class. If that isn’t contract law, I don’t know what it is.

    As for the religious ceremony, that’s up to the religion involved whether they’ll allow it. However, the state/government should butt out. And those who disagree with it, will it’s like anything else, don’t take part in it.

  • howa4x

    It is a generational thing. Older whites, you know the ones that were sexists, racists, and see themselves as religiously superior, hate gay marriage. Mostly because it is
    unknown and they fear it undercuts what their vision of America is. Homosexuality was marginalized to weirdo types. Younger folks grew up with gays and don’t feel threatened by them at all and that is where the demarcation line is.
    Basically the right is loosing this battle because they can only site a religious reason why gays should not marry, and the left is wining because they site the constitution.

    • exdemo55

      Good thought. It seems with each passing generation morals become more lax. We should take the laws of God over the laws of man every time. Here’s another thought, Obama, and Bill and Hilary Clinton were all for a ban on gay marriage while it was politically beneficial to do so. But they miraculously changed their minds when the winds changed because they wanted the Hollywood left’s money. They are all shallow people with only their own best interest at heart.

      • howa4x

        show me one politician that has all the people’s interests really at heart

        • exdemo55

          Oh, they’re out there. Not enough of them but it’s in all our best interest to find them and support them, the ones that stand by their convictions no matter what and do what’s right by God’s word. It’s also important not to support the ones, like I mentioned, that say what people want to hear and buy votes with the taxpayer’s money. There are shallow people on both sides of the political spectrum. But there are some good ones. I will not mention who I think they are as that may only start an argument. My advice is to find them yourself and not listen to partisan edia.

  • exdemo55

    God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
    24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
    26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
    28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.