The Tea Party’s Anti-Gay Gay Man

Dan Mainwaring is a gay Tea Party leader — yes, I said a gay Tea Party leader — who spends his time savaging his fellow gay people and fighting to preserve the right to discriminate against them. Yeah, I don’t get it either. But the man is seriously irrational. Listen to his absolutely bizarre explanation for why support for marriage equality has gone up so dramatically:

The most recent Pew Poll found that public acceptance of same sex marriage is now up to 54%. Does this really reflect an enthusiastic embrace of the notion of same sex marriage? — Or — Is a vast swath of the population just sick and tired of hearing about gays in the news day after day for the last few years?

Maybe they’re also sick and tired of irrational accusations of bigotry and homophobia every time they try to enter into a reasoned discussion about same sex marriage. Many who have been shut down for trying to engage in intellectually honest conversation, have concluded, “Why bother? Just let them have what they want. Maybe then they’ll fade away.”

You know, Dan, you could actually do a little research on this and you’d find out that the primary reason why public opinion has shifted on this is because people really are becoming more tolerant. This is especially true of younger people, most of whom have friends who are gay these days. In one recent survey of young people who left Christianity, one-third of them said they did so because the church is too anti-gay. And in another poll, 28% of those who support gay marriage said that they’ve actually changed their minds on the issue. Seriously, if this is the kind of argument you’re reduced to making, you are deluding yourself.

Fade away? Don’t count on it. There is never an end to progressive ideology. Statists never have enough power and control. This will never end until the very institution of marriage is obliterated from human civilization, in which case, we will no longer actually have a civilization.

Yep. Deluded. Absolutely deluded.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Every oppressed group has its quislings.

  • colnago80

    Re #1

    Like Philip Weiss, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and Richard Falk.

  • alanb

    I understand what he’s saying. I’m sick and tired of irrational warmongering and homophobia by politicians but they won’t engage in intellectually honest conversation with me, so I have concluded, “Why bother?” Now I’m pro-war and pro-homophobia.

  • dingojack

    SLC (#2) – as you yourself might say – “yawn”.

    Dingo

  • bruceheerssen

    He lost me at “statist”. In my experience, anybody who uses that word is usually wrong about nearly everything.

  • Chiroptera

    This will never end until the very institution of marriage is obliterated from human civilization, in which case, we will no longer actually have a civilization.

    Marriage will be obliterated by increasing the number of married couples? I guess the old saying is true: if everyone is married, then no one is married.

    Um….

  • colnago80

    Re Pekinese @ #4

    The Chihuahua loves him some Jinos.

  • hunter

    Chiroptera: That’s an article of faith among the “Christian” right — if you allow more people to get married, you’re destroying marriage, denying all children a mother and father, insuring that straight people will no longer make babies, and bringing on the End Times.

    Who knew it was so easy?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    This will never end until the very institution of marriage is obliterated from human civilization, in which case, we will no longer actually have a civilization.

    Maybe they’re also sick and tired of irrational accusations of bigotry and homophobia every time they try to enter into a reasoned discussion about same sex marriage. Many who have been shut down for trying to engage in intellectually honest conversation, have concluded, “Why bother? Just let them have what they want. Maybe then they’ll fade away.”

    I don’t think he knows what those emphasized words mean.

    Colnago: Israelis in Israel are an oppressed group?

  • scienceavenger

    @9 Indeed, I’ve never seen a reasoned opposing argument to gay marriage, and I’ve certainly tried. Perhaps Mr. Mainwaring could point us to a few of these “many”.

  • doublereed

    I thought “statist” meant “in favor of status quo.” But this made me look it up, and it’s about the power of the state.

    The More You Know

  • Taz

    Why bother? Just let them have what they want.

    Or to put it another way: “you know, I really don’t have a good reason to oppose same sex marriage”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    So Mainwaring is the S. E. Cupp of the gay rights movement?

  • dingojack

    SLC – ‘I say again, just slightly louder, YAWN!’

    Dingo

  • wscott

    He lost me at “statist”. In my experience, anybody who uses that word is usually wrong about nearly everything.

    Yeah, pretty much. There’s a certain branch of right-wing libertarians who believe all individuals should be free to discriminate against anyone they don’t like, the government has no right to stop them, and besides The Holy Market (praise be its name) will take care of that on its own. Or at least, they claim to believe that – press them with specific examples and watch them backpeddle.

  • M can help you with that.

    Clownstick –

    Why is it that whenever you come out with your “cultural Zionists are Nazis” list, you always leave out the most famous one?

  • Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    Fade away? Don’t count on it. There is never an end to progressive ideology.

    This is true. Progressivism progresses progressively as it makes progress. That’s why ideas on the left and in the center have become more enlightened and reasoned over time while those on the right are pretty much the same as they were a century ago.

  • tuibguy

    “Statist?” It isn’t statist to have laws on the books, state constitutional amendments forbidding gay marriage rights? Either he is confused, or I am.


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