John Eastman, the newest chair of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, told NPR that same-sex marriage will “forever sever love from diapers.” We’re pretty sure he wasn’t thinking about U.S. Senator David Vitter at the time, but the comment itself should just how removed from reality the radical right has become.
Eastman, a Tea Party supporting law professor whose commentary continually drops jaws nationwide, (earlier this month Eastman called U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ two adopted children “second best,”) also told NPR that marriage equality “would dramatically transform the way we think about marriage.” Eastman is also a failed political candidate, having run for California’s office of attorney general, and last year claimed that the Supreme Court took on the Prop 8 case to overturn “a trial presided over by a homosexual judge involved in a long-term same-sex relationship” and wildly claimed the decision was “a strong signal that the justices are concerned with the rogue rulings that have come out of San Francisco.”
Here’s the excerpt from NPR’s embarrassingly shallow examination of same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court, published yesterday:
Procreation is necessary for the species, and marriage is the best way to ensure thriving families, says John C. Eastman, a Chapman University law professor and chairman of the National Organization for Marriage.
Allowing gays to marry, he says, would be “almost the nail in the coffin” in terms of a trend toward the “delegitimizing of marriage,” through no-fault divorce, out-of-wedlock births and other phenomena he says weaken marriage.
“This would dramatically transform the way we think about marriage,” Eastman says. “It would forever sever the connection of marriage to procreation — forever sever love from diapers.”
Redefining marriage because gays want to marry would accelerate the prevalent “cavalier attitude” about the institution, he says, and further the sense that it’s only meant to serve adult interests.
“We think there’s a reason why in every society — across cultures, across history, across time — that there’s a reason societies benefit from that unique relationship that’s uniquely capable of producing children,” Eastman says.
It’s almost unclear which is worse: NPR’s poor reporting — more on that here, and later, if I can bare to immerse myself in their journalistic malpractice — or Eastman’s ridiculous commentary.
By the way, for those unfamiliar with John C. Eastman and his perspective, a sampling:
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