While the fight for true equality for the LGBT community is still far from over, it’s fairly obvious to most rational people that the “writing is on the wall,” as they say. Sure, Republicans are going to do everything they can to prolong the process for as long as possible, but all they’re really doing is delaying the inevitable.
Sadly, because anti-LGBT bigotry is still a great way to manipulate millions of conservatives to act as if the private love lives of others actually impact their own, conservatives will continue to push their anti-gay rhetoric that often borders on insanity.
Take for instance Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX) unhinged rant on the House floor Thursday where he argued that we shouldn’t embrace LGBT equality — because if the world was ending we might not send homosexuals to colonize another planet since they can’t reproduce. In fact, he referenced The Martian with Matt Damon as an example of what he meant.
“You’re wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah, you have that ability to be a modern-day Noah, you can preserve life,” Gohmert said, putting forth a hypothetical 40 person group to continue the human race on another planet. “How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?”
First, I would like to point out how utterly stupid that hypothetical situation is. Odds are, if it was about continuing the human species, there would be a whole lot of non-natural (aka scientific) means by which we’d colonize another planet. We’re definitely not going to send a total of 40 “straight-only” people to have some giant orgy on another plant to “save humankind.” While procreation would clearly be a part of the “plan,” sustainability and the actual habitable colonization itself would be much more important. After all, it’s pointless to try to colonize another planet if we don’t have the right people there who’d actually know what the hell they were doing.
Plus we’d send a heck of a lot more than just 40 people.
Furthermore, this argument is absurd for a whole lot of reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with even trying to analyze the complexities of what it would actually take to colonize the planet.
You know why?
Because our Constitutional rights don’t have a damn thing to do with any of that!
Gohmert’s argument seems to be predicated on some sort of asinine basis that procreation is linked to equal rights, more specifically the right to get married. That’s absurd because there’s no “procreation requirement” for any straight couple prior to being granted a marriage license. Couples who don’t want/can’t have children get married every single day in this country. So even the context of his argument doesn’t make any sense. Though like I said earlier, his entire argument is moot because a hypothetical situation where the human race would have to colonize another planet has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitutional rights of Americans.
I will say one thing for certain, if we did have to send people to another planet in an effort to save the human race, ignorant jackasses like Louie Gohmert sure as hell wouldn’t be anyone we considered sending there.
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