Since then, the religious right has been using the play to preach against marriage equality. Peter Wolfgang told MSNBC viewers:
What people in the other 44 states that don’t have same-sex marriage need to know is that if you get same-sex marriage, this is coming to your state. You will not have the right to decide for yourself what your children will be taught about right or wrong.”Which is B.S., of course.
1. This wasn't a play about "gay marriage". It's about flipping the script and seeing what might happen if homosexuality was the norm and heterosexuality was viewed as socially wrong. It shows the ostracization of teens in a school culture that encourages homosexuality, but not heterosexuality. Kind of like real life in most of today's culture except in real life you need to replace the word "heterosexuality" wherever it says "homosexuality" and vice versa.
2. Gay people did kiss before marriage equality came to Connecticut. Taking away marriage equality from Connecticut won't prevent gay people from kissing. Additionally, watching two guys kiss won't transform people into gay people. If that was the case, there would be a lot fewer gay people on Broadway, given the preponderance of straight smooches on-stage.
3. Lastly, a male/male kiss is being used as evidence that marriage equality is this horrible problem. It's a kiss. A kiss isn't a sign of horribleness. It's just a kiss. I hate it when people try to use evidence of gay marriage as evidence that gay marriage is bad. This fretting over a kiss is just as bad.
It's worth nothing that Zanna, Don't! came about in 2002 in New York, long before marriage equality was a reality in that state. It has played in marriage equality states and it has played in marriage inequality states. In other words, Mr. Wolfgang is spouting nonsense when he asserts that marriage equality spawns productions of this play. But it makes for a good tag line when on cable news programs...