Curiousity got the better of me. I had a look at what the bigots had to say.
U.S. Newswire - Mayor Daley's Reckless 'Gay Marriage' Advocacy Points to Need for Ill. Marriage Protection Amendment, IFI Says
"Mayor Daley may have lots of power in Chicago but he has no moral authority on marriage. His pandering to the city's powerful homosexual and transsexual lobby now threatens marriage itself in Illinois," [Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter] LaBarbera said. "No matter what he or [Cook County Clerk David] Orr says, marriage will always be between a man and a woman. Now is the time for Illinoisans of all creeds and colors to unite behind an amendment to the state constitution that will protect marriage from being redefined by activist judges and liberal politicians."
Uh, no. But thanks for asking.
"I think it will be central," [House Majority Leader Tom] DeLay, R-Texas, told reporters before addressing the Knox County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Rothchild's. "Every now and then, an issue that is central to who you are and what your world view is comes along."
Americans "have been tolerant of homosexuality for years, but now it's being stuffed down their throats and they don't like it," DeLay said. "They know it will undermine the very foundation of this society, will undermine our understanding of what families are. Polls tell us that over 70 percent of Americans believe that a marriage is between a man and a woman, no matter what you call it."
He said that a "very telling difference" between the Democratic and Republican parties is that the former "is becoming the party of gay marriages" while the latter "is becoming the party of traditional values I think it's going to carry the day in the upcoming elections."
Any Log Cabin Republicans out there care to comment on this? Come on, don't be shy. You're already incredibly fucking stupid, don't add to your flaws.
Which leads me to pose a question or two to those who oppose gay marriage and are having heart failure over the San Francisco marriages:
Did the sun rise in the east this morning? Is spring still going to follow winter? Laws of gravity still intact? Red still means stop and green means go? Is time still going forwards? The rivers still running? The mountains still standing?
If you answered yes to all of those questions then your world is still the same. The fact that two lesbians from California got married yesterday had no effect on your life whatsover. In fact, if it wasn't reported in the papers, you wouldn't have even known about it.
And then there are comments. Lots of them. I'd quote some, but really, they work better in context. That, or digging through them looking for the especially stupid ones seems like a waste of my not-that-valuable time. Either or.
Not much point asking opponents to explain their position here, I suppose. Since the ground rule is, I really don't give a fuck what your god has to say on the subject. That seems to be all they got, really.
And Oliver had something to say on this, too. And he, too, got some rather ignant comments. I must be doing something right.
InstaPundit, of course, has no comments, so just has the ignance right in the entries instead. On another topic altogether, he sez:
People's willingness to make donations, sometimes sizable, in support of things they can get for free is something that has surprised me about blogging, and suggests that the portrayal of human behavior I got in Econ 101 was incomplete.
Yep, gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to catch him looking in your bedroom window. . .
Margaret Cho, in the meantime, writes:
Step up your game. No matter who you are or what you feel about homosexuality. If you are gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, bi-curious, metrosexual, heterosexual, celibate, hermaphrodite, a satyr, a succubus, a fucking human being - and especially if you are a fucking human being, and really want to live in a country where all people are equal - not separate, not 'civil-unionized,' not lied to about your rights - realize that same sex marriage will not harm you. It will not make gay people more 'gay.' It will not make you gay unless you already are. It will not make your children gay, unless they are anyway. It will not change your life in the least, unless you are gay and want to marry your partner. Then it will transform your life, because it will change your status from second class citizen to first, where we should be.
Update: Just kicked $5 to Flowers for Al and Don, because for some odd reason I think random strangers sending flowers to people means more than all the ranting and raving on this issue combined.
Link from boingboing.net.