Normally I don’t give a random conservative websites a whole lot of attention because if I did, I could write countless articles mocking the absolute absurdity that I see on these sites every single day. Anyone who’s ever visited sites like Drudge Report or Conservative Tribune (a site that literally just makes up “news”) knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Well, I made an exception when I came across a completely asinine story posted by The Daily Signal, a site owned by the infamous Heritage Foundation. The article’s author, Gene Schaerr (also known as the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage), ridiculously claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage will lead to more abortions. But not just “more” abortions – 900,000 more.
Yes, somehow gay couples getting married – couples who can’t naturally procreate – are going to lead to more abortions.
Apparently Schaerr believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to more unmarried women… and unmarried women are more likely to have an abortion than married ones.
To come to this “conclusion” he basically ignores any and all credible means at coming to a scientific conclusion about data, and assumes that anytime a state or country sees a drop in its marriage rate following the legalization of same-sex marriage, the two must be undeniably related.
Except, as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank points out, between 2002-2012, Texas and Utah saw some of the biggest declines in marriage rate in the country even when their bans on same-sex marriage were soundly in place.
So, in other words, Gene Schaerr doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.
But let’s take a look at the glaring flaw in his conclusion. First, there are nearly as many lesbian women as gay men, so the two “sides” kind of equal themselves out. His conclusion essentially assumes that only gay men will be getting married, leaving more and more unmarried women – which, of course, isn’t true. Gay men will marry gay men, lesbian women will marry lesbian women and there will be just about as many straight men and women looking for relationships as there has been. That is, if those heterosexual men and women are still looking to get married, which fewer and fewer are nowadays – and that has nothing at all to do with the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Besides, according to our Constitution (via our Supreme Court) every woman in this country has the right to have an abortion, so it’s really none of his damn business either way.
Sadly, these sorts of ridiculous arguments against same-sex marriage aren’t uncommon. Whether it’s a judge in Louisiana who argued that allowing gays to marry could lead to polygamy, or the state of Kentucky that argued because homosexuals can’t procreate they shouldn’t be allowed to marry (I’m not sure when having children became a requirement for marriage), those opposing marriage equality really don’t seem to have any shame when it comes to how foolish they’ll make themselves look to support their bigoted stance against gay rights.
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