Bil Browning

Marriage Equality Is a 'Threat to the Nation's Survival'?

Filed By Bil Browning | October 29, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, rightwing nutjobs, same-sex marriage, Tony Perkins, Trent Franks

"And when people would come along and blur that distinction and say 'well [the rights of marriage] should apply in every way' it not only is a complete undermining of the principles of family and marriage and the hope of future generations but it completely begins to see our society break down to the extent that that foundational unit of the family that is the hope of survival of this country is diminished to the extent that it literally is a threat to the nation's survival in the long run."

-- Arizona Representative Trent Franks (R), speaking on Tony Perkins radio show about the Defense of Marriage Act lawsuit. While most Americans would agree that the depths of the American economy is a larger threat to the nation's survival, Rep Franks has stymied efforts to revive the economy in favor of railing against gay marriage.


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Annette Gross Annette Gross | October 29, 2011 4:06 PM

Perhaps the breakdown of the family is the 50% divorce rate. Perhaps the breakdown of the family is that the economy sucks and there are no jobs. Perhaps the breakdown of the family is that too many people cannot access affordable healthcare. That's right Trent - hide behind your wedge issue - that's what will fix this country! Trent - you're full of crap!

The Republican candidates are following the Republican party platform. Some of them (Perry, Bachmann, maybe Cain, Santorum) are following it because it is part of the essence of their religion. Others; Newt, Romney, Huntsman are following it for ongoing national GOP support becuse they know where the money comes from. They are all going to continue saying pretty much the same thing because that is where the money is. If they vary even a drop right now, they could lose the support from people like Cain's "brothers from another mother" the Koch brothers.

We know that the biggest threats to straight marriage are easy divorce and pornography. But if they blamed those they would be stepping on too many toes. It would be like a preacher talking about fornication and adultery with 50 single mothers and pregnant teenagers on the front row of the church on First Sunday. Those toes are attached to feet and feet can walk out and hands can put a dollar instead of a twenty in the collection plate. Gay people are safe to talk about because they are considered "other" even though they are also often the soloist, the choir director, and maybe even the pastor himself as long as all are safely in the closet on Sunday morning.

The Republican candidates are following the Republican party platform. Some of them (Perry, Bachmann, maybe Cain, Santorum) are following it because it is part of the essence of their religion. Others; Newt, Romney, Huntsman are following it for ongoing national GOP support becuse they know where the money comes from. They are all going to continue saying pretty much the same thing because that is where the money is. If they vary even a drop right now, they could lose the support from people like Cain's "brothers from another mother" the Koch brothers.

We know that the biggest threats to straight marriage are easy divorce and pornography. But if they blamed those they would be stepping on too many toes. It would be like a preacher talking about fornication and adultery with 50 single mothers and pregnant teenagers on the front row of the church on First Sunday. Those toes are attached to feet and feet can walk out and hands can put a dollar instead of a twenty in the collection plate. Gay people are safe to talk about because they are considered "other" even though they are also often the soloist, the choir director, and maybe even the pastor himself as long as all are safely in the closet on Sunday morning.