If you want to see all of the inane arguments against marriage equality wrapped up in one video, check out the above monstrosity from the Family Research Council.
It is a four minute rush of almost every anti-gay point, every anecdotal horror story, and every lame argument against marriage equality.
The gist of the video is that homosexuality is a “behavior” therefore marriage equality contributes nothing to society. The video compares marriage equality to dealing drugs.
The video basically makes the following points, which I took the liberty to refute in parentheses.
Heterosexual marriage supposedly:
Creates children (Because in the world of the Family Research Council, gays and lesbians cannot create children. Apparently our “parts don’t fit”),
Best raises children (That is if one ignores the millions of gay households raising children in this country as well as worldwide),
Protects women (Except for the wives who get beat up by their husbands),
Civilizes men (Except for the husbands who treat their wives like punching bags),
And lowers crime, poverty, and welfare, which reduces government spending and deficits (which is really a reason to support marriage equality if you think about it).
On the other hand, marriage equality:
Validates sex partners (Because married heterosexual couples don’t have sex. If you think I’m wrong, ask Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, his wife and their multitude of children which they got from a cabbage patch in their backyard.),
Harms children by supposedly denying them a mother and a father (Because apparently a household with two fathers or two mothers is spooky),
Schools will subject children to “mandatory homosexual curricula” (Because apparently children in gay households don’t attend public schools and if they do, who cares about letting them read reports about their families anyway. After all, they are inferior.),
Business and taxes will fund homosexual relationships (Because we all know that gays and lesbians don’t own businesses and are exempt from paying taxes),
Freedom of religion and speech are gagged (Didn’t they say this about lgbt-inclusive hate crimes legislation? Generally non-discrimination laws have less to do with marriage equality and more to do with fairness and taxes. An adoption agency receiving tax monies should not have the right to discriminate, regardless of which religion it serves).
This video is a colossal error on the part of the Family Research Council in that is provides arguments easier to poke through than Kleenex.
And more than that, the video comes across as just plain mean. It’s dripping with a lot of naked animus towards same-sex couples and their families.
For one thing, it deliberately ignores the reality that children are raised in same-sex households. To me, implying that a child’s family is nonexistent or inferior is more harmful than being raised in a same-sex household.
In addition, the video implies that gay couples know nothing about stability and fidelity. Maybe FRC should remember Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who after 55 years together were married in 2008 in California before Prop 8 was passed.
Or Edie Windor, who is seeking dignity for her over 40 year relationship with her late partner, Thea Spyer, by attempting to overturn DOMA.
And the thousands of couples in the states which passed marriage equality laws who stood in line in joyous celebration, tears, and accompanied by their children and family who were happy that finally their relationships were being treated with validity and respect.
But we all know that FRC won’t do these things. The group is too busy creating caste systems for God.
All I can say is keep it up, FRC. If you keep showing America what you really think of same-sex couples and their families in such nakedly ugly details, we will receive marriage equality in practically no time at all.