Maggie Gallagher shudders to think what would happen if straight people were denied the protection of civil marriage, admitting, they “would see quickly what gay people are complaining about in being denied the civil benefits of marriage.”
Gallagher, the co-founder of the nation’s top anti-gay marriage organization, NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, has never been one to see how incredibly lopsided her positions are.
Responding to a suggestion that Catholic priests should stop marrying straight couples in states that have extended marriage to same-sex couples, Gallagher admits “it’s a huge endeavor that would require the creation of alternative means of enforcing the civil aspects of the marriage commitment (or leaving women and children unprotected).”
So, straight people need the legal protections of marriage — but gay people do not? Gallagher admits we all do.
“Abandoning that legal framework could cost us a lot of money potentially, too: Our widows would not get the inheritance exemption, it would take additional money to secure legal parenthood, etc.,” Gallagher writes:
We would see quickly what gay people are complaining about in being denied the civil benefits of marriage, but in this case, the people being denied these benefits would be the single most vulnerable people in marriage and the ones whom civil marriage was originally designed to protect: women with large families and their children.
Now, stop, breathe, and let that all sink in.
Not to Maggie, because marriage is only “one man one woman,” so, well, too bad for you, you same-sex couples. You were just born wrong.
You gotta love that “our widows” part, too, as if “their widows” — you know, lesbians — “not get[ing] the inheritance exemption” is OK.
This is truly shocking. And oh so ugly.
First of all, Gallagher, NOM, and the anti-gay religious right all have declared marriage is from God, and is not about protecting “women with large families and their children,” rather, it’s about creating those biological bonds and tying them together.
So which is it?
What Gallagher is saying, in a not-so-veiled manner, is gay people aren’t worthy of marriage.
Same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to enter into the institution of marriage, according to the nation’s top anti-gay marriage warrior, merely because we’re just not good enough.
One has to wonder what Gallagher’s views on marriage were in the 1960s, before Loving v. Virginia…
This is why we call it “marriage equality.”
Hat tip: tNCRM reader Kim Smythe
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