Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hero of the week: Dan Savage

A huge shout-out to writer and gay rights activist Dan Savage, who, in the aftermath of the passage of Prop 8 and numerous other anti-gay rights ballot measures last week, has been on a media blitz. On Tuesday, Savage talked to Steven Colbert (and gave the man a run for is money in the funny stakes), and two days ago he had an op-ed in the New York Times that made a very strong case against Arkansas' new measure, which will forbid gay couples to adopt.
His column points out the contradiction of the "pro-family" stance, as well as suggesting unsettling implications for those same-sex couples who have already adopted:

"But good times or bad, no movement that would turn away qualified parents and condemn children to a broken foster care system should be considered 'pro-family.'

Most ominous, once “pro-family” groups start arguing that gay couples are unfit to raise children we might adopt, how long before they argue that we’re unfit to raise those we’ve already adopted? If lesbian couples are unfit to care for foster children, are they fit to care for their own biological children?"

I have enormous respect for Mr. Savage. He's been adamant and passionate, yet incredibly composed and well-spoken, in the face of legislation that must be breaking his heart (and the hearts of his husband and adopted son). Huge props to Dan Savage, our hero of the week.


At November 15, 2008 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are Gays intent on getting married? The answer is, they are not. In places where Gay Marriage has been available for years, Gays don't get married. Toronto has had Gay Marriage for years, and through 2008 only one gay couple has been married. Last year, only 107 Gay marriages have been performed.

The city of Toronto, which hosted the claimed "million-strong" annual Gay Pride March on Sunday, has one of the largest homosexual populations in Canada. Despite this fact, however, the demand for same-sex marriage licenses has drastically declined. Last year, the city issued 107 licenses to Canadian homosexual couples, whereas this year it has so far only issued 1.

Even though the overall number of “marriages” has declined significantly, the proportion of foreign couples has increased to two-thirds of the licenses issued. According to Reuters, last year Toronto gave out 924 same-sex “marriage” licenses, and of these, 338 were for American couples and 479 for foreign couples. This year, of the 320 same-sex “marriage” licenses issued, 118 were for Americans and 201 for foreigners.

The Gay Toronto Tourism Guide claims homosexual persons make up 14% of the city’s population, thereby making Toronto the third largest gay community in the world. Nevertheless, this year’s 1 legal gay “marriage” comprised only 0.01% of the marriages taking place in Ontario’s capital. This would seem to strongly confirm past charges that the political and legal campaigns which successfully and dramatically changed the institution of marriage in Canada were ultimately about nothing more than forcing acceptance of homosexuality.

Gays, in fact do not want to get married. Very few of them actually do, in places where Gay Marriage has been legal for some time. Gays are notoriously promiscuous, and promiscuity is incompatible with the traditional notions of marriage. Rather, as Stanley Kurtz has argued in National Review Online, Gays wish to use cultural arguments (mostly through television and movies) and legal ones to collapse traditional culture and specifically, the nuclear family. Which is viewed quite naturally as the enemy of Gay Culture (it is).

At November 15, 2008 at 4:26 PM , Blogger LSG said...

I hesitate to dignify this comment with a response, but am loathe to let it stand unchallenged.

If we boil down your comment, anonymous, here it is: "I have statistics that say Gay people don't want to get 'married', and will signify my utter disdain for Gays and their so-called 'marriages' with my clever use of punctuation. And if gay people, despite their assertions, logical arguments, and actual marriages don't REALLY want to get married, they must be Up To Something. That Something, clearly, is to force all the rest of us to recognize that gay people have the same rights as straight people, which will lead directly to the collapse of everything we value in society. Also, gay people have lots of sex and are therefore bad and the Enemy of the Family."

Give me a break. Your data is dubious, and your argument based on...well, nothing, really, except bigotry. Please, please, please -- just think about the statements you're making. Really think about them. How, exactly, will gay people getting married lead to the end of the nuclear family? How, specifically, will you suffer if some gay couples adopt a baby? How exactly will the baby suffer? How will the "forced acceptance" of homosexuality damage anyone in the country? One single person?
I urge you -- think seriously about this.


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