Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bob Vander Plaats Assumes Gay Families Are Against God's Plans // Calls Them "Awful"

Iowa has been celebrating four years of marriage equality. That hasn't stopped thrice-failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats of the anti-gay marriage group The FAMiLY Leader from defaming the state's gay and lesbian families, as evidenced by this KSFY report:

I haven't seen the whole report and frankly I really don't want to, but this is what BVP had to say about why same-sex marriages should be opposed:
If you do things God’s way when it comes to marriage, things work out really good. When you go against His plan, it’s awful.
I'm not saying that every same-sex marriage is great. There are some dysfunctional ones out there and there are a certain number that will eventually lead to divorce. But that's the diversity that exists among all families. There will always be "awful" marriages -- gay or het. Just like there are "really good" marriages out there that are both opposite-sex marriages and same-sex marriages.

(And don't even get me started on the subject "really good" families who "do things God's way" and then suffer adversity, such as poverty or cancer or chronic illness...)

Is this the best that social conservatives can use when it comes to pushing back against same-sex marriage in Iowa? "It's awful!"

This is why public opinion continues to shift in favor of marriage equality. People have lived among married gay and lesbian couples for four years in this state (as much as nine years in other states) and realize that we're pretty much the same as everyone else. We celebrate the same highs and we weep over the same lows. And we collectively rolls our eyes when professional activists like BVP condense our marriages to the phrase "It's awful!"

1 comment:

D.J. Free! said...

So the answer here seems to be...let's get Vander Plaats, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, etc. in front of cameras MORE OFTEN!! The more they talk, the less credible their side seems.