If you give a right-wing lawmaker or pundit enough time, he or she can find a way to connect any natural or man-made disaster to either abortion or gay marriage. Whether it’s Michele Bachmann, Pat Robertson or any of the other grifters on the fringes of the conservative movement, their ability to blame anything on the wrath of god is almost remarkable. Now Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) has pinned the Baltimore riots not on police brutality or economic inequality and a lack of jobs, but – you guessed it – gay marriage.
Rep. Bill Flores is another far-right member of the Republican Party (as evidenced by his voting record) and represents the conservative and mostly rural 17th Congressional District in Texas which does include the cities of Waco and College Station. According to Right Wing Watch, Rep. Flores was on the ultra-conservative “Washington Watch” radio show on Tuesday, a program which is hosted by Tony Perkins. Tony Perkins is the head of the Family Research Council, a right-wing, anti-LGBT organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He’s also made claims such as my personal favorite, that homosexuals are “persecuting Christians” by posting any part of their life that he might find objectionable on social media.
Needless to say, Rep. Bill Flores’ statement was par for the course for the seething anti-LGBT agenda that is Tony Perkins’ radio program. Here’s his statement courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that. (Source)
I guess you can say that this is outrageous, but as I said before, the far right can find a way to pin anything and everything that goes wrong in our country on either gay marriage or abortion. Whether or not Rep. Bill Flores actually believes that the Baltimore riots are the fault of gay marriage isn’t that important. What is important (and extremely frightening) is the fact that millions of Americans think this way, listen to pundits who say these things, and vote for politicians like Bill Flores.
Let’s say for a minute that a child is better off with two parents instead of just one. Does it matter that both of those parents are of the same gender or not? My cousin and his husband (named Adam and Steve, by the way) adopted and raised a child who previously only had one parent who had serious drug problems. That child was given a bright future and a loving family that many of the 500,000+ children currently in foster care may not get. Sadly, bigots like Rep. Bill Flores and the right-wing extremists who make the same idiotic statements think it is more important to deny equal rights (including adoption) under the law to same-sex couples based off their irrational hatred of the LGBT community.
What’s even worse is the fact that the people who believe these hateful statements get out and vote in every election. Do you?
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