Why do gay guys have to be so fucking annoying?
It’s national coming out day?
It’s always easy to get people to condemn threats to free speech when the speech being threatened is speech that they like. It’s much more difficult to induce support for free speech rights when the speech being punished is speech they find repellent. But having Mayors and other officials punish businesses for the political and social views of their executives — regardless of what those views are — is as pure a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech as it gets, and beyond that, is genuinely dangerous.
If you support what Emanuel is doing here, then you should be equally supportive of a Mayor in Texas or a Governor in Idaho who blocks businesses from opening if they are run by those who support same-sex marriage — or who oppose American wars, or who support reproductive rights, or who favor single-payer health care, or which donates to LGBT groups and Planned Parenthood, on the ground that such views are offensive to Christian or conservative residents.
You can’t cheer when political officials punish the expression of views you dislike and then expect to be taken seriously when you wrap yourself in the banner of free speech in order to protest state punishment of views you like and share. Free speech rights means that government officials are barred from creating lists of approved and disapproved political ideas and then using the power of the state to enforce those preferences."
Cathy and Obama: Two peas in an anti-gay bigotry pod
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that… we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.” — Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A, July 2012
“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. For me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union… God’s in the mix. … I am not someone who supports same-sex marriage.” — Barack Obama, Presidential Candidate, 2008
I’m going to preempt the “but Obama’s position evolved” arguments:
You cannot label it “flip-flopping” when someone you disagree with does it and call it “an evolution” when someone you agree with does it.
“A voluntary association shouldn’t be interfered with by the state, so I’d just as soon that the state not issue licenses or define marriage. Let the individual, let two people define marriage. And it will annoy some people, but it would also get rid of this whole debate. We wouldn’t be arguing about the definition of marriage.” - Dr. Ron Paul
I realize that this is likely directed at conservative Republicans, chiefly, but I have issues with it.
I want to get it out of the way, first of all, that I do support gay marriage rights, and that I do think it is an important issue. I am gay. Ideally, the government would be totally uninvolved in any kind of interpersonal relationship, including marriage, but I do think that if it is involved, it needs to be available to everyone.
This letter bothers me because it states, pretty explicitly, that the rights of homosexuals to marry are more important than the unsustainable American economy and our healthcare and justice systems, to say nothing of our disastrous and violent foreign policy.
As great as gay marriage rights would be, and regardless of the fact that they should not even be in question in 2012, it is not as important (and remember: I am a gay man!) as many other political issues facing the U.S. today, certainly including the economy and the justice system, and quite possibly including healthcare. Our way of life as we know it is in very real danger of collapse because of our government’s spending habits and economic policies (on BOTH sides of the political aisle) and because our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms (things we take for granted, things as simple as free speech) are under attack by laws being introduced and passed at a frighteningly high rate.
I simply cannot understand how someone can be so selfish as to think, and to expect others to think, that having the ability to sign a piece of paper in a government office and collect some benefits a more pressing issue than (to quote Ryan McKaken), “sovereign debt crises, the brink of WWIII, the coming American default, a stagnant economy, the police state, and more”, including President Obama’s continued civilian-killing drone strikes around the Middle East and our continued and even growing military presence around the world.
People are called selfish for not wanting the government to take more than a quarter of their hard-earned income to fund its unconstitutional and completely unnecessary wars overseas by the same people whose chief political and voting issue is that of gay marriage.
Personally I find that (not to mention the implication in this letter that because I am gay I must obviously feel the same way) absolutely infuriating.
God what is with all these gay-ass flags. Get a real flag.
That ‘straight ally’ flag is especially horrid.
Why are people so incapable of having pride in their individuality and their accomplishments. I don’t give a fuck if you’re gay or a leather daddy or pansexual (lolz) - it’s not something to be proud of (and, social justards, that doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of it either). Just do what you want and don’t let yourself be defined by something you yourself admit you have no control over.
Obama Hits GOP Candidates on Gay Rights
“But I’m still gonna send our soldiers, of all sexual orientations, overseas so they can massacre civilians and then come back dead or suicidal because of my unconstitutional, unnecessary, and unsustainable wars. It’s okay, though, because of how much I talk about supporting them!”
"I am supportive of all voluntary associations and people can call it whatever they want. I have my standards, but I shouldn’t [be able] to impose my standards on others. Others have their standards and they have no right to impose their standards on me. Just get the government out of it. It’s one area where [government involvement] is totally unnecessary."
Ron Paul on marriage (via fuckyeahemergence)
I’ve already posted this once. It is always relevant, though.
Anonymous asked: What’s your opinion of gay marriage?
I get this question all the time, and it’s such a simple answer:
Government should not be regulating relationships.
I don’t care if you’re straight or gay (or what intrinsic qualities you have), we should all have the right to have relationships with other adults without the Almighty Government stepping in and watching over us.
If you want to get religiously married, great. Find a church that suits you. If you’re gay and you want to get religiously married, find a church that suits you. Marriage is explicitly a religious concept - regardless of what religion you’re a part of - and government needs to stay out of it all.
If you’re gay (or straight) and you can find a church, mosque, temple or other religious institution that will marry you under their religious beliefs and God, go for it. That’s not for me - or the government - to stop; it’s between you, your partner and God.
Get the government out of marriage.