If you want to see all the inane arguments against marriage equality wrapped up in one video, check out this monstrosity from the Family Research Council:
It is a four-minute rush through 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" and that marriage equality therefore contributes nothing to society. The video likens marriage equality to dealing drugs. It basically makes the following arguments, which I took the liberty of sarcastically responding to (in parentheses).
- Opposite-sex marriage creates children. (Because in the world of the Family Research Council, gays and lesbians cannot create children. Apparently our "parts don't fit.")
- Children are best raised by opposite-sex couples. (That is, if one ignores the millions of gay couples raising children in this country and worldwide.)
- Opposite-sex marriage protects women. (Except for the wives who are beaten up by their husbands.)
- Opposite-sex marriage civilizes men. (Except for the men who treat their wives like punching bags.)
- Opposite-sex marriage lowers crime, poverty and welfare dependence, which reduces government spending and deficits. (That's really a reason to support marriage equality, if you think about it.)
- Same-sex marriage 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.)
- Same-sex marriage harms children by supposedly denying them a mother and a father. (Because apparently a household with two fathers or two mothers is spooky.)
- Legalizing same-sex marriage will force schools to 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.)
- If same-sex marriage is legal, 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.)
- The legalization of same-sex marriage infringes upon freedom of religion and freedom of speech. (Didn't they say this about LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation? Generally, nondiscrimination 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 it peddles arguments that are easier to poke holes in than Kleenex. And more than that, the video comes across as just plain mean. It's dripping with a lot of naked animus toward same-sex couples and their families. For one thing, it deliberately ignores the reality that many children are raised in same-sex households. Implying that a child's family is nonexistent or inferior is harmful; being raised in a same-sex household is not. 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 California in 2008, before Prop 8 was passed. Or Edie Windor, who is seeking dignity for her 40-plus-year relationship with her late partner, Thea Spyer, by attempting to overturn DOMA. Or the thousands of couples in states that passed marriage equality laws who stood in line in joyous, tearful celebration, accompanied by their children and family members who were happy that their loved ones' relationships were finally being treated with respect.
But we all know that FRC won't do these things. The group is too busy creating caste systems for God. Keep it up, FRC. If you keep showing America what you really think of same-sex couples and their families in such nakedly ugly detail, we will achieve marriage equality in practically no time at all.