Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Family Research Council Chimes In On NH Civil Unions

I suppose that Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has decided that if he and his organization continue to insist that homosexuality is a choice and ignore all evidence to the contrary, he'll wake up one day and find that his fight against civil rights for LGBT individuals has succeeded. Fortunately for the residents of New Hampshire, Mr. Perkins' disillusioned ideas haven't gotten a foothold...something that has Tony confused about the civil rights aspect of this newly signed law...

"Homosexuals have experienced disapproval, but they have not endured
centuries of violence, abuse, segregation, and slavery. Unlike ethnicity,
homosexual behavior is a choice. A person can choose to either participate in
homosexual behavior or not to participate. An African-American cannot choose to
participate in having black skin; they are born with it. Lynch's suggestion that
homosexuals who want to marry are oppressed or victims of discrimination is
simply outrageous. No person is being denied the right to marry. They are
simply asked to meet the core requirement (since civilization began) that both
genders be present. "

I'll grant him the fact that segregation and slavery haven't been issues with which homosexuals have been faced, but violence and abuse have most certainly been predominant issues. Anyone remember the Nazi concentration camps? While the Jews were certainly the largest group incarcerated and murdered, homosexuals were also persecuted and even had their own emblem placed on their camp uniforms...a pink triangle. That's just one example, but any attempt at researching history will reveal other examples of persecution. I realize that Mr. Perkins is sticking firmly to his contention that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, but his assertion that civilization has ordained this as some sort of "core requirement" smacks of the same, "the sky is falling," fear mongering we've heard so much of.

Simply put, no one is out to somehow annul or otherwise diminish any heterosexual marriages, and refusing homosexual couples the same rights and responsibilities that come with marriage is discrimination. There's just no other way to look at it.

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