Thursday, May 09, 2013

I'm not a bigot! I'm not I'm not I'm NOT!

States are legalizing gay marriage so fast I can hardly keep up any more.  Delaware joined the club on Tuesday, and the Minnesota House approved it today.

Still, some legislators seem not to have gotten the memo.
Opponents argued the bill would alter a centuries-old conception of marriage and leave those people opposed for religious reasons tarred as bigots. 
"We're not. We're not," said Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine. "These are people with deeply held beliefs, including myself."
I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you Mr. Woodward, but just because your beliefs are deeply held doesn't mean they aren't bigoted.  This is the funny thing about bigots: they never think of themselves as bigoted.  How can you possibly be a bigot when God (or logic) is on your side?

Having not a single substantive argument remaining, conservatives are now arguing for gays to be denied their fundamental human right to marry whom they choose on the grounds that the people denying them that right might be tarred as bigots.  The irony is almost too much to bear.  That is the very definition of bigotry!


Persephone said...

Bigot-a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

1. Simply being against gay marriage isn't enough to qualify you as a bigot.
2. Your logic would mean that people who are for gay marriage and say rude things about those who aren't (for example; calling them bigots for no reason other than personal prejudiced) are also bigots.

Ron said...

> Simply being against gay marriage isn't enough to qualify you as a bigot.

If you were against gay marriage for some good reason then you would not (necessarily) be a bigot. But if there is a good reason to oppose gay marriage, no one has been able to say what it is. When you press the issue it turns out that the only reason that anyone opposes gay marriage is because it goes against their deeply held beliefs. That is the very definition of bigotry: being, as you say, "devoted to [one's] own opinions and prejudices."

Likewise, calling someone a bigot for no good reason might qualify as bigotry. But in there case there is good cause.

Do you oppose gay marriage, Persephone? If so, why?