Gina Loudon Really Is Ridiculous

Gina Loudon of the Worldnetdaily has a list of “8 reasons why Democrats hate traditional marriage.” It’s based on two absolutely idiotic ideas: First, that same-sex marriage will have any effect at all on straight marriages; second, that any negative effect her imagination can dredge up must be intended by those who support marriage equality. And the arguments are staggeringly stupid.

1) Married people overwhelmingly vote Republican

For the last several elections, traditionally married people have overwhelmingly voted Republican. Married men and women supported Romney by 14 percent. Married women alone supported Romney by seven points. If only married people were allowed to vote, the GOP couldn’t lose no matter how hard it tried – no matter how spineless and worthless its candidates. The inverse is also true. If Democrats can cause fewer people to get married and fewer people to value traditional marriage, Democrats can destroy the GOP’s advantage among that group of voters.

Um. Okay. But how does allowing gay people to get married cause fewer people to get married? Seems obvious that it leads to more people getting married.

3) Married people are mentally healthier

Married people are less likely to suffer depression, develop dementia, commit suicide and are protected from a host of other disorders. Married people are also more likely to describe themselves as happy.

Gee, maybe that’s why Republicans don’t like same-sex marriage, because they hate the idea of gay people being happy and healthy.

If Democrats and their allies actively push to destroy marriage, and Republicans can be convinced that they should be neutral on the issue, then Democrats will win this one easily and traditional marriage will be something we will soon read about in history books.

There are few things the government can do to make a society safer, healthier and wealthier. Promoting traditional marriage is the biggest and easiest one of all. This is an easy sell to the American people if the GOP will just grow a backbone. Anyone who believes in a stronger America should make it their main issue in upcoming elections to defend and promote traditional marriage.

Who could possibly be against a stronger America? The answer: Democrats.

I think it’s safe to say that logic is not Loudon’s strong suit. Bear in mind that tens of millions of Democrats are married, so according to Loudon they’re trying to destroy their own marriages. Also bear in mind that the states with the highest divorce rates are almost always the reddest of the red states and the states with the lowest rates of divorce are the bluest of the blue states.

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  • John Pieret

    I think it’s safe to say that logic is not Loudon’s strong suit.

    That assumes, of course that Loudon is trying for a logical argument. She may just know her target audience and figured that merely shouting “The gayhomos are coming and will turn the country Democratic” is all the effort she needed to make.

    … Or, she could just be a moron.

  • gshelley

    This was basically “Idiot accidentally argues in favour of same sex marriage”

  • cjcolucci

    So all those traditionally-married Democrats must be self-hating?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … traditional marriage will be something we will soon read about in history books.

    It’s already there, in its multiple variations – but you would know that only if you already read history books.

  • eric

    Anyone who believes in a stronger America should make it their main issue in upcoming elections to defend and promote traditional marriage.

    Is she a secret Democrat? Because I’m sure the Democratic party would like nothing better than to make the general election about same sex marriage.

  • marcus

    @3 Well it’s been nice hanging out with you guys… but … well I recently got married and …Oh God, this is so hard!

    Well, I might as well just go ahead and say it,

    I am a Republican now.

    (I have to go wash out my brain now, I don’t even like saying that facetiously.)

  • scienceavenger

    For the last several elections, traditionally married people have overwhelmingly voted Republican. Married men and women supported Romney by 14 percent.

    That equates to 57%-43%, a solid victory for sure, but hardly “overwhelming”. One wonders what adjective she would use to describe Hispanics (~50%) and blacks (~90%) support of Democrats. Super duper overwhelmingly?

    If Democrats can cause fewer people to get married and fewer people to value traditional marriage, Democrats can destroy the GOP’s advantage among that group of voters.

    Someone needs some logic lessons on cause and effect. Wedding rings are not like The One True Ring, where putting them on changes your view of the world. It was your view of the world that led you to get married, AND to disproportionately favor GOP politics. I suppose Loudon, after viewing the fact that people go swimming a lot when the thermometer is up, would think that holding a lighter under the thermometer would cause people to go swimming.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, if getting married would turn me into a Romney supporter … I’m never getting married. “Traditional” or otherwise.

    I do find that statistic fascinating. Does that mean there were that many more single people voting than married people? Because Obama pretty much dusted Romney everywhere.

  • dugglebogey

    Her logic is also very poor with the following statement:

    Married people are less likely to suffer depression, develop dementia, commit suicide and are protected from a host of other disorders. Married people are also more likely to describe themselves as happy.

    Her logic is this: “Married people are less likely to suffer X, therefore X was caused by people being married.”

    Isn’t it a lot more likely that people who suffer from those things are less likely to get married? Or perhaps there are fewer people who want to marry a person who suffers from dimentia or “a host of other disorders?

  • dugglebogey

    Ugh…I mean to say “Married people are less likely to suffer X, therefore X was caused by people NOT being married.”

  • Big Boppa

    ….bear in mind that the states with the highest divorce rates are almost always the reddest of the red states and the states with the lowest rates of divorce are the bluest of the blue states.

    The high divorce rate in red states correlates with the equally high teen pregnancy/teen marriage to some guy named Bubba and/or Cousin (insert name here) with or without shotgun.

    What? You ask me for a citation? Pfffff, I’m married, ergo slowly turning republican. I don’t do no stinkin’ citations.

  • tfkreference

    A few weeks ago, I officiated the marriage of a man and a woman who are atheists. Is that good for America?

  • garnetstar

    She’s wrong about married “people” being more mentally healthy and more likely to describe themselves as happy.

    That’s only the case for married men. Single women are more likely to show all those benefits.

    Gosh, I wonder why?

  • Nick Gotts

    Well maybe she’s onto something. I’m married, and I must admit, I’m a republican: it’s really high time we Brits got rid of this infestation of “royal” parasites!

  • sugarfrosted

    @14 and today’s internet goes to Nick Gotts. Sleeping at the switch today, eh modus?

  • arakasi

    So, if she is correct, the best way to improve the Republicans’ chances in the next election is to allow marriage equality in all states. Gays will get married and turn into Republicans (and also be happier). So, if she is arguing against SSM, then she must be a Democrat.

  • dingojack

    … One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

    :0 Dingo

  • magistramarla

    Oh no! Does this mean that my marriage is not strong enough to survive marriage equality?

    We’ll be celebrating 38 years of marriage, 5 kids and 5 grandchildren tomorrow.

    It certainly is taking a looonnng time for us to turn republican. In fact, we are both probably stronger democrats, feminists, progressives and liberals than we ever were.

    All I can say is that I hope that those same sex couples who are being married lately are as happy in their marriages as we have been in ours.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Canada has had gender-equal marriage for a number of years now. Hasn’t affected any couple in a so-called “traditional” marriage that I can put a finger to.

    Maybe she thinks Americans are more delicate and socially sensitive creatures.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    I think the GOP chanted “REPEAL AND REPLACE” one too many times while freaking out over Obamacare and now they believe that’s how all laws work.