Thus spake Laura Ingraham, Tea Party pundit, and Fox News guest host.
On her radio show today, conservative Tea Party pundit and recent ABC News contributor Laura Ingraham talked about Mike Huckabee’s threat to leave the GOP if the Party doesn’t fight same-sex marriage. While she spoke in support of him, she attempted to soften her stance.
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?”
Which is like saying you’re totally up for changing your hatred of chocolate as long as someone can prove that for centuries it has tasted like vanilla.
“To say that you’re for traditional marriage doesn’t say that you’re anti-gay people or you don’t like gay people… nobody’s saying that.”
Words. It’s like she doesn’t know how they work.
Point the first-
Marriage is not about children. There is no need for advocates of marriage equality to prove that same-sex marriage is beneficial to children. If you’re going to argue that married people must have children, then you’re going to have to also go up against heterosexual people who choose not to have kids. You’re also going to have to go up against heterosexual people who cannot have kids. You’re also going to have to go up against heterosexual people whose kids have grown up.
Point the second-
You’re operating under a dictionary definition of hatred. That you don’t literally wake up every morning, drink your cuppa, wash your face, brush your teeth, feed your pets, and conclude with a daily mantra of “I hates the gayz” does not prevent you from being homophobic. Homophobia is more than just hatred of gays. It encompasses discrimination and bigotry directed at gays. It covers prejudicial or biased opinions of gays simply because they’re gay. It covers disgust or disdain shown to people who are or are perceived as being gay simply for being gay. It also covers treating gay people as less than human-i.e. denying them the same rights as heterosexuals (equal protection under the eyes of the law).
Point the third-
Your opposition to marriage equality-at the core-is an irrational, bigoted position that is not based on empirical evidence. It is based on your antiquated, regressive religious views.
Accept your inner homophobe. We all know that you don’t advocate for marriage equality. We know you’d be happy enshrining discrimination into the US constitution. We know you’re not going to skip hand in hand with us at gay pride parades.
And really, that’s fine, because I don’t think there’s enough soap in the world to get the homophobe off me if I touched you.