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Polygamy? Murder? Lindsey Graham’s Anti-Gay Marriage ‘Debate’ Deserves Rebuke

by David Badash on December 12, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics

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Republican  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham last night used polygamy and murder to define the boundaries of the “debate” on same-sex marriage, just as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia used murder and bestiality to define the area of debate in which same-sex marriage should exist. Invoking issues like murder, bestiality, and polygamy is offensive and wholly facetious, and “facile,” as Piers Morgan responded. Senator Graham also blamed the media for the public’s embrace of marriage equality, and — when all was said and done — stated he believes the states should have the right to decide who marries and who does not, especially because in his home state of South Carolina, religion is the reason “we’re not going to change the definition of traditional marriage.”

Graham, who says the media paints LGBT people as “funny, charming, and kind” — as if that’s problematic —  says he doesn’t “hate,” he just feels “traditional marriage” is “best for society,” and challenged CNN host Piers Morgan to pass a constitutional amendment if he wants same-sex couples to be able to marry.

Morgan attacked Senators Graham, McCain, and Lieberman as “unAmerican” for their views on marriage equality.

Despite the nasty rhetoric, the invoking of polygamy and murder in his argument against same-sex marriage, Aviva Shen at Think Progress rightly notes that Graham is softening a bit on the marriage equality issue.

“Just four years ago, Graham affirmed his support for a federal amendment that would ‘define marriage between one man and one woman’ as a way to ‘defend and promote traditional South Carolina values’,” Shen writes:

Graham’s softened tone against same-sex marriage may have something to do with Americans’ overwhelming support for marriage equality and renewed scrutiny on the issue as the Supreme Court prepares to take it up.

Despite his newfound respect for the right of gay couples to pass on property and “live a free and open life,” Graham also compared gay marriage to polygamy. He asked Morgan, “Is it possible for three people to genuinely love each other and want to share their lives together? Is it OK to have three people marry each other?”

It’s time for more people to have the good sense to take the tone and approach of Princeton freshman Duncan Hosie, who this week won accolades for personally up — in the same room — to Scalia for his usage of murder, bestiality, and other inappropriate references when discussing the right of same-sex couple to civil marriage.

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joyandorla December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

It's as if he really wants to be outed.

StanleyJames December 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Its no secret that he's a user of REACTION FORMATION.

We had a couple like him i the MD legislature – One of them – his wife tossed him and moved out last feb or march.

The other hired a pvt dick to follow him around to his night time Political meetings – which were more like Pubic meetings.

Monroe94102 December 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Dear Mr. Graham, I think your DNA is a bit too closely related to your sister. Get a life, pervert.

Robroberts2013 December 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Its well-known in Washington circles that Lindsey eats fruit loops for breakfast, prances around in silk-embroidered bathrobes — and has a 20-something year old latin boyfriend who is currently at risk for deportation. Mr. graham, have you ever considered that your self-hatred and loathing will probably destroy the one relationship you cherish in your life? Its true people like you are dying out, and this can't happen soon enough.

lepidopteryx December 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

While I personally have no problem with polygamy as a relationship form among consenting adults, I understand how it could be a legal clusterfuck in cases of divorce or estate settlement, or even income tax status.
But what does murder have to do with marriage?
As for bestiality, I have the smartest dog in the world, and even he doesn't have the cognitive wherewithal to enter into a legally binding contract, or to consent to sex with a member of another species.
Heterosexual marriage does not need to be "protected" from homosexual marriage. I know several legally married same-sex couples and none of their marriages damaged mine in any way. The only people who have the power to damage a marriage are the spouses in that marriage. If Mr. Graham's marriage is so fragile that it can be irreparably damaged or even destroyed by other people getting married, those other people aren't the cause of the problem.

StanleyJames December 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

the louder they scream, the more they are likely to be gay.

Take George Rekers who claimed to fix gays at Narth – he couldnt even fix himself.

He also founded the hate group FRC, one of the most vile anti gay groups in AmeriKKKa run by a raicst btw

lots of others like Rekers and prob Lindseyboy n the list and I havent checked but you can be sure that the majority of them hide under their elephant logo.

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