When I state my belief that conservatives just don’t “get it,” I mean they really don’t get it. And the worst part is, they only seem to be getting worse. Once upon a time I spent most of my time debating Republicans on actual issues. Now I spend more time trying to explain indisputable reality and facts to people who don’t seem to believe in either.
Take for instance Senator Marco Rubio’s recent comments where he said that people who oppose same-sex marriage, and in turn equal rights for homosexuals, are facing unfair intolerance from LGBT advocates.
Rubio said, “Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage.”
In other words, there’s a growing intolerance by many toward those who are ignorant and intolerant toward homosexuals.
Let’s think about this for a moment. His “argument” is that people who support “traditional marriage” (you know, the same people who are actively trying to deny millions of gay Americans their equal rights) are being treated unfairly because people are fed up with their bigotry.
With that “logic,” I guess he feels it’s unfair to judge racists and bigots as well, correct? You know, because they’re also just standing up for “their values.”
And I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads these words and can’t help but think this is something someone would have said in the 50’s and 60’s defending those who supported segregation. Because it should be noted that religion was used by many to support bans on interracial marriage and the segregation of the races.
Oh, and he also says marriage should be left up to the states (aka states’ rights). Another argument made by many in support of segregation and other racist laws.
But going by right-wing rhetoric, why should any government entity be involved at all? If Republicans want to argue that marriage is based on religion, then shouldn’t it be left up to the individual churches whether or not to marry a couple? Because right now in states that still have bans on same-sex marriage, if a church wants to marry a gay couple, they’re not allowed to legally do so.
So this “argument” by Republicans like Rubio doesn’t hold water on any front. Which is why in practically every state where these bans are being challenged, courts are overturning them as unconstitutional.
If it’s all about religion, then no government should have anything to do with defining marriage. Then if it’s about government, then that government has to abide by our Constitution which prohibits laws based on religion.
Either way, they lose.
So Rubio’s whining about the “intolerance” traditional marriage advocates are facing is laughable at best.
What he’s really complaining about is the fact that millions of Americans are finally fed up with conservative intolerance and we’ve finally decided to fight back.