More bad news for same-sex marriage opponents

More bad news for same-sex marriage opponents April 7, 2009

JUST four days after conservative Iowa legalised gay marriage, Vermont’s Democratic-controlled legislature followed suit today with a new law which will go into effect on September 1.
This makes Vermont the fourth state to legalise gay marriage, following Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa.
A January Gallup poll found that Vermont was America’s least religious state, with only 42 percent of residents answering “yes” when asked:

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Predictably, the fundies are less than happy with the new law, as this report indicates.
Austin R Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian group,complained:

With its enactment, the Vermont legislature made a profound social policy statement that mothers and fathers are not necessary for the family, and that the sex of a parent doesn’t matter.
It’s unfortunate any time you see a court or a legislature say that children are not entitled to both a mother and a father. And it should never be the intent of any policy or law to intentionally deprive children of what they need, and that’s both a mom and a dad.

During the debate in the House, opponents urged representatives to oppose the bill, saying it would result in negative social change. Republican Representative Donald Turner said the bill would result in:

Radically redefining our most basic social institution. Marriage is the way that we as a culture – like virtually every other culture known to man – link children with their mother and father who made them. Whatever rights and benefits we decide to extend same-sex couples, this biological reality of marriage should not be lightly erased.

More tosh from Terry Dorsett, Director of the Green Mountain Baptist Association:gaymarriage

There are times when those of us who are leaders in the evangelical Christian community become discouraged with the smallness of our numbers and the way that the mainstream liberal media marginalizes our efforts.
But then we are reminded that the battle is not fought in the courtrooms or in the statehouse, but in the hearts of men and women who are in need of Jesus. I have personally witnessed the spiritual transformation of several homosexuals who are now living free from that emotional addiction. They were drawn to one of our Southern Baptist churches because the people in that church showed concern for them.

On the same day as Vermont’s historic vote, the District of Columbia Council voted to recognise same-sex marriages performed in other states.
According to this report, domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation’s capital. But today’s vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognises relocated gay married couples as married.

An amusing ten good reasons why gay marriage should be opposed can be seen from a South African perspective here.

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  • remigius

    What is wrong with these people? If their imaginary god disapproves of these unions then their imaginary god can just turn an imaginary blind eye. Or imaginarily fuck off!
    I cannot see any reason why two people, in a loving committed relationship, cannot have that relationship recognised by law.
    However, having seen the South African perspective I feel they may have a point.
    By the way I’m learning Afrikaans.
    “Tins ver bitter en da ult daiz yah”.
    Dunno what it means though!

  • Godless not gormless

    So, I guess we can expect devastating hurricanes hitting Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa this year as gods response. Don’t hold your breath though.

  • Iowa, not Ohio.

  • Oh the histrionics of the wingnuts as they realize their jackboots are being removed, slowly but surely, from the necks of gay people everywhere.
    BTW, it was Iowa, not Ohio, that legalized SSM. Clerical error I’m sure.

  • Barry Duke

    Whoops! Corrected.

  • valdemar

    Great news. The thought that people I dislike are very unhappy is doing me good. Love the reference to ’emotional addiction’ from the Xian wingnut who – like most of them – makes a good living from people’s addiction to superstitious, bigoted drivel.

  • chrsbol

    Has anyone got a gun?

  • remigius

    chrsbol.
    He’s a persistent little bugger isn’t he!

  • Stonyground

    I saw a poster in a charity shop run by the YMCA (of all people) just the other day. It read “Some people are gay, get over it.” Apologies to anyone who now has a cheesy seventies pop song running through their heads.

  • Leave it to Vermont and Iowa to be the most progressive states in the nation, shame on us here in California for passing Prop 9. Whether you call it Gay Marriage or Civil Union, the basic premise is that every person should have equal rights. It’s good to see that some states are progressing, I made a list on my site of the states I think will legalize Gay Marriage first: http://www.toptentopten.com/topten/first+states+that+will+legalize+gay+marriage

  • Ewan

    We need to follow suit on this side of the pond as with these states. Civil partnerships are a bit of an insult, lets be honest. Different but equal aint fuckin' equal at the end of the day, and I don't want to be married, in inverted commas, I want to be fuckin' married.