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Archive for June 1st, 2008

Animalistic homosexual behavior

Posted by James McPherson on June 1, 2008

A fairly common argument used to browbeat homosexuals is this version offered by a blogger who felt compelled to share his views (along with poor spelling and punctuation) on allphilosophy.com: “Homosexuality is unnatural, simply look at nature, when did you ever see a male animal sexualy pleasuring a male animal or a female animal sexualy pleasuring a female animal?” Perhaps those folks need to get outside more, as Fox News and MSNBC both report.

Though I’ve never understood how my own marriage of more than 27 years is “threatened” by gays getting married, a new round of fear and rage has erupted because of the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage. Of course, as a recent Nation editorial points out, gay Californians already had most of the rights of married couples, anyway–and the tide is moving against those who oppose gay unions just as it drowned out legal barriers to interracial marriage.

It’s worth pointing out that civil unions are far from new–and that John McCain deserves some credit for discussing the issue (however uncomfortably) with Ellen (clip below), even if his (and the Democratic candidates’) stance is outdated and silly.

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