Bigots like beards

Anti-gay jerks have been saying gays could always get married — as long as it’s to persons of the opposite sex (aka beards). Now they are finally speaking out loud the absurd inverse: that heteros can’t same-sex marry. It’s transparent and desperate.

In an argument labeled absurd by gay marriage advocates, Beshear’s lawyer says in a brief filed last week at the U.S. Supreme Court that “men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex” under Kentucky law, making the law non-discriminatory.

The argument mirrors that offered by the state of Virginia nearly 50 years ago when it defended laws barring interracial marriage there and in 15 other states, including Kentucky, by saying they weren’t discriminatory because whites were barred from marrying blacks just as blacks were barred from marrying whites.

Because of course there are tons of straights scheming to set up companionate, nonsexual marriages for all the sweet tax and employer benefits.

“NO, NO” say bigots, “we know what you are up to and we want only morally upright, proper marriages here — the kind where there’s only enough non-kinky sex to create babies, which absolutely MUST be carried to full term, and which we should definitely not provide government-funded social services after they are born into the poverty we have forced upon them with corporate tax breaks and poor economic planning. ‘merica!”

This simply is about refusal to equate straights and queers, exactly as it was all about refusal to equate whites and non-whites in Loving v. Virginia.

 

Interestingly, Beshear is a Democrat. Of course, that’s a Kentucky Democrat, and that’s not quite the same as the Massachusetts model, shall we say. Born in 1944, Beshear came of age right in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, and it’s certainly true that many yellow-dog Democrat leaders in the former Confederate States were among the worst, nastiest and most brutal Jim Crow era oppressors. So hello, reactionary holdover from the Democratic Party’s most embarrassing chapters! Nice to see you are still up to the same bullshit, though you are reduced to dog-whistle rhetoric instead of actual dogs, so I guess that’s an improvement?

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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