To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Tortured Logic On Gay Marriage



The Proposition 8 decision by the California Supreme Court is so Bush-like in its scope. Kind of GOP/wishy-washy, let’s make both sides sorta/kinda happy.

It is an abomination for gays to marry and it is an abomination to prohibit some of the people to deny rights to other people.

Gay marriage is completely wrong, like torture, but all of those who have actually done it are alright – kind of a “my gay brother is fine, but yours is a pervert” kind of thing.

That’s it, California Prop 8 people say, this is the limit – if you have 36,000 gays with equal rights that should be enough. You just can’t have too much of that sort of stuff or marriage won’t be protected.

While their definition of marriage and their right to discriminate might be in danger, I fail to see how anyone’s actual marriage is in any sort of peril. It is like all those guys who said allowing women to vote would mean they would have to put on an apron and become a housewife. Well, that didn’t happen.

I think in 2010 they will get more than enough signatures to put it back on the ballot and most people in California will know, or know someone who knows, a married gay couple and will know it is not a danger.

Torture is wrong and we won’t do it any more, but all torturers are forgiven.

Gay marriage is wrong and we won’t allow anyone else to do it, but the 18,000 already married is alright.

Take it from me, I have been married for almost 33 years and will continue to stay married, but some of that 33 years has been torture. At least 50% of marriages in Oklahoma end in divorce. I fail to see why gay marriage could be worse.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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