What Will the Gay Onslaught Look Like?
If the world of comics gets it, can the real world be far behind?
Yesterday, by a vote of 77 to 44, New Zealand became the 13th country on the planet to legalize same-sex marriage. In the face of strong lobbying by conservative and religious zealots predicting the end of civilization should Parliament vote in favor of same-sex marriage, MP Maurice Williamson took to the floor to instill a whole lot of common sense…and humor…into the debate.
How good is this guy? Well, in response to a Catholic priest who had accused Williamson of supporting an unnatural act, the MP said, “I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.” Nice.
The speech is brilliant and makes one wish that there was someone, anyone, in Congress who could express ideas half as well as this guy can.
It bears repeating.
“All we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognized by way of marriage. That is all we are doing.”
“We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign state. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agriculture sector forever.”
“We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized, and I can’t see what’s wrong with that for love nor money, sir. I cannot. I cannot understand why someone would be opposed. I understand why people don’t like what others do. That’s fine. We’re all in that category. But I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill, right now. I give you a watertight, guaranteed promise. The sun will still rise tomorrow. Your teenage daughter will still argue back with you as if she knows everything. Your mortgage will not grow. You will not have skin diseases or rashes, or toads in your beard, sir. The world will just carry on.”
Yes it will because when you look at it square on, gay rights and marriage equality are nothing more than recognizing humanity as it really is. How could that ever be a bad thing?