Tuesday, February 22, 2005

On the Simpsons gay marriage episode

L. Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council, says, "At a time when the public mood is overwhelmingly against gay marriage, any show that promotes gay marriage is deliberately bucking the public mood."

No shit, Sherlock. The show is trying to help change the public mood. I know you'd like for everything to remain exactly as it is now -- or maybe as it was for middle class white folks circa 1955 -- but in the real world there is a concept called progress, in which society improves the lives of all of its members through reformation and, on occasion, revolution.

Really, I can't for the life of me understand a culture that cares on a policy level about the private lives of other people. Please, Mr. Conservative, demonstrate an instance in which gay marriage in any way affected even one straight marriage. Spouses coming out of the closet don't count. Let's pretend for a moment that homosexuality is a sin and/or biologically wrong. What does that have to do with anything on the level of civil rights? Should we not allow the disabled to marry, because they aren't biologically fit? Should we not allow felons to marry, because they have sinned? And aren't conservatives always going on about how the poor are lazy? Those aren't the kinds of people we want to tarnish the institution of marriage.


An idea is nothing more than a pattern of information that has replicated throughout the minds of those who think it. "Marriage" as a concept is not damaged by anything. Unless it has anything to do with your own marriage, stop trying to tell other consenting adults what they can and cannot do.

[via BBC News]

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