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!