It’s always amusing to me when anti-gay bigots pretend not to be bigots. They even feign great outrage at the mere suggestion that just because they want to deny equal rights to gay people, that makes them bigoted against them. How dare you suggest such a thing? Laura Ingraham gives it a shot:
According to Ingraham, being against the right of same-sex couples to marry doesn’t make someone anti-gay. And being against the right of same-sex couples to marry doesn’t mean someone is judging other people.
Having totally not squared that circle, Ingraham then suggests she might open to same-sex marriage as long as it can be proven that “it’s ultimately about what’s best for the children” and has a long history of working.
“What do we know definitively works, and worked, and what is still an unknown, what did [our country] historically believe?”
Oh yes, yes, yes, it’s all about the children, don’t you know. Never mind that no credible study has found any evidence that the children of gay parents are any worse off than the children of straight parents. And never mind that parenting doesn’t require marriage anyway; there are hundreds of thousands of children being raised by gay parents and that will remain true whether they will be allowed to bet married or not.Most importantly, let’s not talk about all the circumstances in which this argument is never applied. Studies show pretty conclusively that the children of poor parents do worse, statistically, than the children of wealthy parents, yet we don’t have a minimum income requirement to get married. Children of those with criminal records are statistically worse off than those without, but we don’t refuse marriage licenses to those with a criminal record. Children of high school dropouts are statistically worse off than children of college graduates, yet we don’t require a minimum level of education to get married.
So no, it isn’t all about the children. That’s a pretext, not a serious argument. It’s an attempt to put a respectable veneer over the top of the real reason why people oppose same-sex marriage, which is that they’re bigoted against gay people.