ARCHIVE - Judge wont throw out challenge to Prop 8

Archive: Sat Oct 17 15:24:12 2009
Title: Judge wont throw out challenge to Prop 8
Mood: annoyed
Finally someone asks the wingnuts the right question:

A federal judge challenged the backers of California's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday to explain how allowing gay couples to wed threatens conventional unions, a demand that prompted their lawyer to acknowledge he did not know.

Most sane people know that gay marriage is not a problem. But wing nuts keep sticking their head into the debate with crazy claims that gay marriage will somehow destroy heterosexual marriage. But when challenged to explain how gay marriage will cause all this damage, wingnuts can't really explain

"What is the harm to the procreation purpose you outlined of allowing same-sex couples to get married?" [U.S. District Chief Judge] Walker asked.

"My answer is, I don't know. I don't know," Cooper [lawyer for the group that sponsored Proposition 8] answered.

Cooper didn't know because the only "evidence" wingnuts have is anecdotal and based on prejudice, fear and primitive superstitious nonsense not on any real facts or rational explanations.

I readily admit that society has a valid interest in supporting the raising of children, and that marriage is a very good institution to raise children in. However, that interest is not in any way diminished by couples who do not raise children (or cannot raise children). Children are not a requirement of marriage, so the idea that "procreation" is the only reason for marriage is simply not valid.

I know it's a pipe dream, but I hope that one day some of these wingnuts will have the guts to come forward and admit they were wrong...

also via the AP and here

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