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California Columnist Decides Science Fiction is the Perfect Medium for Anti-Gay Allegory

Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.

I’ve really had enough of the homophobia today. First, we had Oreo’s colorful message of equality inspiring idiots to unknowingly swear off pretty much all processed food forever. (Which, fine, maybe they’ll starve.)

Now there’s this–batshit crazy La Jolla resident Patricia Weber giving us a CHILLING look into the future. A future in which a man returns from our moon base to discover the legalization of gay marriage has literally destroyed the fabric of society. GASP! It’s basically Bill Murray’s speech from Ghostbusters, only with more polygamy and, you know, moon bases.

Listen: You define the sanctity of your own marriage.

Listen: If you want to get technical about it, the sanctity of marriage was originally and irrevocably defiled in the sixteenth century, when King Henry VIII started a new branch of Christianity for the sole purpose of legitimizing his own divorce.

Listen: Your “defense of marriage” is nothing more than a rationalization of your own fear-based prejudices. You are afraid of gay people because they’re different than you, and your fear makes you hateful. End of story. To refuse any group the same rights you afford yourself is to automatically designate them as lesser. I’m sorry you don’t like to think of yourself as a bigot, but if you are against gay marriage, you’re a bigot. There it is.

Listen: The “slippery slope” doesn’t have to exist. We’re pretty clever apes; I’m almost positive we can figure out how to legalize gay marriage without insinuating that people can marry horses or goldfish or cacti. That’s just stupid.

St. Pete Pride is this weekend. It’s one of the biggest gay pride events in the nation, and I’m proud that my hometown hosts it. Enjoy!

lawbi #15: Florida Should Recoup Lost Tourism Dollars by Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

On Saturday, June 26, the largest gay pride celebration in the state of Florida will peak with the annual street festival in St. Petersburg.

The “unauthorized” Gay Days at Disney World which traditionally usher in the month of June have been called the biggest pride event in the world.

Two words: Miami Beach.

Two more: Key West.

Florida is a red state; we’ve got the kind of proud tradition of political grift, land-grabbing, massive economic disparity and old-time religion that cements the status. But for such a demographically Republican area — and one deeper than the Deep South, to boot — our more metropolitan and bohemian centers have always been surprisingly tolerant, and occasionally even nurturing, of gay culture.

Of course, were one to indulge a few stereotypes, the whole thing makes sense. What are the main stereotypes regarding conservative Christians? I can think of two off the top of my head: They love money, and they find it quite convenient to have someone or something close at hand to blame when they’re inevitably caught doing whatever it was they most recently/vehemently denounced as wrong. I can also think of a couple of corresponding equal-and-opposite stereotypes often applied to gay folks: They’ve always got plenty of money, and their uninhibited and therefore surely debauched lifestyles are … well … just bad, somehow, bad and unnatural and undoubtedly responsible for everything from the decline of family values to Madonna’s otherwise inexplicably enduring resonance.

Stereotypically speaking, of course.

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