Republicans and Gay Sex

Pam’s House Blend has an excellent post on Republicans and their obsession with gays and sex.  A New Mexico state Republican, Gloria Vaughn, has introduced another ‘save straight marriage by preventing gay marriage’ legislation. Why?

"I just feel that it’s the right thing to do, and maybe children would grow up with both parents and know who they are, and not come up against two ladies or two gentlemen. Although I’m sure that they make wonderful parents. But, I feel, according to the Bible, it strongly suggests that’s why God created Adam and Eve."
—  Rep. Gloria Vaughn (Rethug), spouting her faith as a reason to discriminate

Pam also gives a link to someone who had written a letter to the editor in response to this.  I’m going to copy the whole thing here.   It is something that I have been saying for a long time.  It was written by Jeff Stevens (and I have added the Bold):

 

Republicans: Stop thinking about gay sex

Bitter Medicine

Alamogordo Daily News
By Jeff Stevens

Article Launched: 01/28/2007 12:00:00 AM MST

It seems to me Republicans spend more time thinking about gay sex than any other group of people in the known world even more so than gay people trying to find other gay people with whom to have sex.

Of course, I’m talking about our very own esteemed state representative Gloria Vaughn. In case you missed the latest, Vaughn has proposed we amend the New Mexico State Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Now I could criticize this move from so many angles that frankly my mind fizzles and goes blank, making it hard to choose from which direction to attack.

Nevertheless, I’ll give it my best.

How about: It’s is a colossal waste of time.

Evidently, every New Mexican makes a decent living wage. No child will go to bed tonight with an empty stomach, because they are all well fed. For that matter, no child will go to bed with an empty mind because our education system is tops in the world.

Evidently our streets are free of drugs. Every New Mexican has a job and can feed their families with a $5.15 minimum wage. Our roads are the best in the nation. Everyone in the state has access to affordable health care.

We can only assume such is the case, because Vaughn isn’t seeking to amend the Constitution to solve any of those problems. No. The most important item on her agenda is to make sure that gay people can’t marry one another in the state of New Mexico.

How about instead we pass a constitutional amendment that defines a family as a group of people who love one another and don’t do harm to each other. That way it would be unconstitutional for people to verbally and physically abuse their own.

Or since, by her own admission, the Bible is the basis for Vaughn’s desire to constitutionally define marriage, let’s take that definition directly from the Bible.

"Therefore what God has put together, let man not separate." That passage can be found in Mathew 19:16 and if my ability to divine what the author had in mind is worth anything, under that definition, divorced folks would unconstitutional.

We all know that won’t work because, church and state issues aside, applying the Bible to modern society doesn’t work. The Bible hasn’t changed in 1,500 years but the world has.

So please Mrs. Vaughn, and any other Republican who supports this, let’s work on some issues that might actually improve the lives of New Mexicans. After all, time is short. There’s only 60 days in the session and while you all were arguing about legislative initiatives to ban gay marriage last year, you failed to pass any laws to improve the minimum wage.

In other words, some poor mom will cry herself to sleep tonight because her kids went to bed hungry. She’s trying to figure out how to make ends meet on $5.15 an hour . She doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about who’s sleeping with who.

And for any legislators who can’t focus on the important issues, just do what the rest of us do and stop thinking about gay sex.

Jeff Stevens is the assistant editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. He can be reached at jstevens@alamogordonews.com. Popular opinion and Joe McCarthy be damned, Jeff Stevens is not now and has never been a member of the Communist party.

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