Karen Ocamb

Anti-gay Televangelist Pat Robertson Redefines Marriage Vows

Filed By Karen Ocamb | September 18, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Alzheimer's, marriage equality, Pat Robertson, redefining marriage

The rest of the country may finally be getting tired of televangelist Pat Robertson. LGBTs have been alternately annoyed and amused by the longtime religious right spokesperson, who ran for president on the Republican ticket in 1988. In May 2009 after Maine passed marriage equality, for instance, Robertson said that the "ultimate conclusion" of legalizing same-sex marriage would be the legalization of polygamy, bestiality, child molestation and pedophilia. "You mark my words, this is just the beginning in a long downward slide in relation to all the things that we consider to be abhorrent."

Apparently not abhorrent, however, is for a heterosexual spouse to divorce the person to whom they have committed their life "until death do us part" if the beloved has Alzheimer's disease because they are, in effect, dead. Now if that's not re-defining marriage, I don't know what is!

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Not to mention the "In sickness and health" bit in the vows.

As someone who every sunday (that I'm not busy at least) visits their grandmother, who has Alzheimers, I find this reprehensible in the extreme.

There is a difference between dying and dead. Pat Robertson's comment is not only ignorant, it is the anti-thesis of anything Christian (or at least shows up in the New Testament). Robertson is the very icon of the Priest and the Levite who left the robbed and beaten man on the side of the road for the Good Samaritan to take care of.
-Jeremy

"For better, for worse, in sickness and in health..."

You know, when I wed my beloved next month, I'm going to mean those words. And when I say until death do us part - yeah, I'll mean those ones too.

Does that mean that if one of us can no longer recognize the other, the other does not have the right to seek companionship? Not to us, and we have discussed that possibility. But there is a difference between seeking comfort and companionship in your loneliness and abandoning someone you love simply because they are ill. The people who don't understand that difference are incomprehensible to me.

Now let's be accurate, here. He didn't say it was OK for a heterosexual spouse to abandon their partner. He said it was OK for a HUSBAND to abandon his partner. You can bet the answer would have been different if it was the wife asking the question.

Oh wait, I guess he did say "woman or man". But I still think the "or man" was an afterthought. XD

What would you expect from Pat Robertson. Sometimes I think he is the one with Alzheimers. So now it is in sickness or in health---except for Alzheimers or if your partner is same sex.

I can see divorcing someone so they can get Medicaid, however. That is a while different thing and why some elderly couples get a religious marriage without a state marriage so they can get more social security.