by Mr Wainscotting.
I don’t know much about socio-politics in the U.S., but the name Newt Gingrich is not unknown to me. From what I understand, he’s a slimy Rethuglican who pushes a rather homophobic agenda.
Gingrich was conducting a book signing for the Minnesota Family Council, a right-wing lobby group responsible for pushing anti-gay legislation, specifically, an amendment to the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The MFC have been rather fervent in this, pressuring the Republicans by threatening to redefine any effort to stall the bill as a vote against it, and the National Organisation for Marriage (those responsible for the infamous Gathering Storm video) warned that if the bill didn’t go forward, it would only encourage “gay marriage activists.”
So, while Gingrich was doing his thing at the book signing, a lovely chap called Robert Erickson came along
and proceeded to glitter bomb Newt.
Now, Erickson and his friend get thrown out rather quickly after what for Gingrich would have been an annoying but benign protest. But then the security man had this to say:
So goes you, goes the rotting of our country. Have you ever seen us attend one of your events? Have we disturbed your events? Never.
Except here’s the thing, Gingrich, the MFC and NOM are always disturbing our events. They don’t actually have to turn up in person and throw glitter at us, but they do purchase expensive television advertisements, they do lobby to enshrine bigotry in the constitution. These connubial narks are using the legislature to force their way into our homes and our bedrooms to tell us who we can and can’t love and define the terms of how we share our lives with whom.
This is the really creepy, hypocritical thing about Gingrich, et al. They yell and complain that we’re trying to destroy the institution of marriage and remove their freedoms, and the remedy of this is to treat wholesale demographics like second class citizens, and remove our rights to love, to marry, and to exist freely within society.
I simply fail to grasp the logic that seems to permeate their brains: Our demand for freedom and equality somehow denies their freedoms; our demand for legal recognition of our marriage, somehow destroys theirs.
The simple solution is: If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t marry a gay. But don’t you dare tell us that we have no rights to exist. The opening preamble of the U.S. Declaration of Independence reads “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. [Emphasis mine]” Although I prefer the text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Gingrich, you are the rotting of your country. You and your ilk are the ones spreading hate and bigotry in a country that is supposed to shine Liberty and Freedom across the world; defending the institution of marriage against people who want to get married.
Hat tip to Roy Zimmerman for that last sentence and the term “connubial narks.”