NOM: Willing, deliberate liars

The National Organization for Marriage has been spreading a host of falsehoods about research into same-sex parenting. Every so I often I lob a tweet about this to Thomas Peters, NOM’s Communications Director. He never replies, which is a shame, because I’ve always wanted to know what he’d say when confronted with these blatant…inaccuracies.

Well, Rob Tisinai finally managed to get through to Thomas Peters. Anyone want three guesses on how he reacted? Well, here’s the answer:

So now I know what Thomas Peters will do when confronted with NOM’s falsehoods: He’ll act like facts don’t matter.

My my, what a surprise!

Peters’s response isn’t surprising either.


Marriage (word, action; name, deed): the significance and cultural understanding thereof

Any relationship you have might be good enough for civil unions, but not for marriage.

At Box Turtle Bulletin, Rob Tisinai talks about why having marriage, not just civil unions, is important:

I have to think segregation of straight and gay relationships has a detrimental effect on gays. It denotes the inferiority of gay relationships. It leaves gays with an attitude of futility when it comes to commitment.

Compare also the Supreme Court brief by Olson and Boies.

Add to this Timothy Kincaid’s remarks on how legally confusing the current patchwork of laws are:

This year Ireland, as part of its new civil partnerships law, decided to recognize marriages – and similar institutions – from other nations as civil partnerships within its borders.

Ireland didn’t miss any country which recognises same-sex marriage, but it did miss various other “civil union” and “domestic partnership” arrangements, even some which were identical to marriage in all but name. Terminology: it matters.


I should be thinking about this

Here are three stories. They’re about about discrimination and they’re about about gay and trans people.

Maggie Gallagher rebuts Maggie Gallagher, in which arguments purportedly against marriage equality actually appear to work better as arguments for it. (This leads to a comment thread on the subject of adoption, which I feel to tired to take in right now.)

Appeals court finds for Palm Springs cops, not “filthy mother-fuckers and cocksuckers” (the original has a bowderlised title, to keep the website on the good side of web filtering software), in which courts don’t see a problem with police entrapment and homophobia.

Transman files complaint against spa, in which I’m confused. This article is possibly transphobic (I don’t think it is, but I could well be wrong); some of the comments certainly are. But the issue it brings up is interesting, and I really should be diving into the comment thread (which is very long for BTB), reading everything, possibly posting a little myself, and at least thinking about the relevant issues. I’m not. I’m tired.


On the wrong side of history

Not content with describing same-sex marriage as a “threat to world peace”, Pope Benedict XVI has gone on to say that it “destroys the very essence of the human creature“, and make increasingly incoherent and confused remarks along those lines.

And so, as it did before with slavery and is still doing with feminism, the Catholic Church proudly places itself once more on the wrong side of history.



Desmond Tutu on Uganda’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill

People have over many centuries devised all kinds of terrible instruments to oppress other people. Usually, they have rationalised their awful actions on the basis of their belief in their own superiority, in their culture, in their spiritual beliefs, in their skin-colour. Thus, they argue, they are justified to hate and bomb and maim the “other”.

The freedom of one depends upon the freedom of all. We call it the spirit of ubuntu: the idea that I cannot be free if you are not also free.

The proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda includes the death penalty, not only for homosexual acts, but for failing to report suspect acts of others. It would criminalise landlords, counsellors, parents, priests (in religions which practise confession), and many others.

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, and a renowned leader on issues of human rights, has an editorial today in the Daily Monitor, Uganda’s biggest newspaper. It’s well worth reading in full. See also Box Turtle Bulletin.

The US Supreme Court have a decision to make

A number of cases on various issues around same-sex marriage have been referred to the US Supreme Court. So far, the court has not decided whether or not to hear any of the cases. There are complex issues in play. One way or another, the issue is likely to come before the court soon. And, when it does, history will be made. This is the most import issue this set of judges is ever likely to face.