In response to Jennifer Roback Morse’s remarks to the Minnesota house I have asked them the following questions. I post a screen shot of them here since NOM and the Ruth Institute are generally not interested in open civil debate. I don’t expect them to provide any answers to them.
Gay and Lesbian people exist. We always have and always will. Regardless of what NOM, the Ruth Institute, or any of the other discriminatory organizations that continue to turn our own government against us hope to achieve. Sometimes I truly wonder what their goal really is. Is it to try and somehow cure us and eliminate us? I don’t think that there really is a clear answer to that question and frankly if that is the goal, it’s a fool’s goal because it can never be achieved. More Gay and Lesbian Americans are born everyday. Trying to rid America of us makes about as much sense as trying to get rid of everyone with red hair.
So if we aren’t going away what sort of protections do we deserve if not marriage? The reality of the mater is that we do fall in love. We do have children. We do build lives and families together. We buy homes together. We go on vacations together. We worry about paying the bills together just like any other family. Is it right that when one of us dies we have no say over burial or that we have to pay gift taxes on the things we bought together as a couple? If one of us becomes sick do we not have a right to visit our partner? Should we not have any rights to the children we may have spent years raising together simply because the state won’t allow us to adopt our partner’s biological child?
These are questions that can’t be answered by a simple contract other than that of civil marriage. Contracts other than marriage can be and often are challenged in court by family members that may not approve of the same sex relationship.
Without marriage are we just supposed to live a life without love, in solitude, and unhappiness? If you deny us marriage, then what will you allow?
But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn’t let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.
PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen “government takeover of health care”
I’m not sure I totally agree with them, mainly because I would attribute this lie to 2009 and the summer of rage, but I suppose its right up there with a lot of them.
I think that the claim that the new health care law provides viagra for rapists probably ranks a little higher on my gauge.
There is also the lie put out by Gen. James Amos, that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would cause them to suffer higher causalities due to “distractions”. If I was a marine I would be wondering if the general just suggested that they were all pent up closet cases, just waiting for a release valve to open. Of course the hate group, Family Research Council has latched on to this and is spreading it around in an attempt to get their sheep to donate more cash.
And then finally, the lie I would call the lie of the year, is that Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility or that they are interested at all in doing anything about the national deficit. When you pass a bill giving tax breaks to everyone, even people that don’t need it, and don’t accompany those tax breaks with real spending cuts, and just their fake earmark ban, then they don’t care about the deficit, because they just added to it.