Gay Marriage Hysteria Watch: Making False Claims and Offering Distorting Supports

A methodical dismantling of anti-gay marriage claims and their disingenuous supports:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to Gay Marriage Hysteria Watch: Making False Claims and Offering Distorting Supports

  1. Jared K. says:


    I strongly support the right to civil unions, but I wonder if you (and the folks that made this video) are too dismissive of the concerns of religious people. Did you happen to see this in the news, for example?
    What do you make of it?

  2. santitafarella says:


    I will look at it and tell you what I think. Thanks for the link.


  3. santitafarella says:


    Okay, I looked at it and I completely agree with you. That is a gross violation of the civil rights, and right of conscience, of the photographer. I would hope that it is appealed and that a higher court quickly overturns a very obnoxious and bad decision. I’ll post a quote from the article on my blog, and comment further there.

    If the photographer was receiving State funds, or was under contract with the State, to take certain kinds of pictures, or had some sort of tax exemption status, that would be another matter. But this appears to be a simple private business expressing their conscience about gay relationships by not wanting to participate. I don’t like their view of gays, but I would in no way compel their participation or approval.


  4. Tom says:

    There are a number of problems with this video. Most importantly this guy is conflating religious orthodoxy with bigotry and extremism. It is the same kind of rhetoric Fox news specializes in, and it is intellectual laziness. Orthodox religious freedom Cannot be reconciled with gay marriage. However, people who hold orthodox beliefs based on scripture are in the clear minority. What is happening here is that the people who hold these traditional beliefs are being marginalized because the majority of the culture holds views contrary to them, even though the media perpetuates the myth that the inverse is true. We will never be able to have an honest dialogue on gay marriage as long as people continue to spread the misconception that people who hold a moral objection to the notion of same-sex marriage are in the majority.

  5. santitafarella says:


    You said: “Orthodox religious freedom Cannot be reconciled with gay marriage.” If I understand you correctly, you are saying that Orthodox religious freedom in a country cannot coexist with gay freedom (in which the State treats gays with equality and, for civic purposes, recognizes their marriages). Why is this a zero sum game? How does gay CIVIC marriage recognition by the State in any way interfere with Orthodox RELIGIOUS marital practice? If a priest, rabbi, or minister is willing to marry two people, regardless of gender or race etc., how exactly is the State supposed to discriminate between legitimate and illigitimate marriages? Why do you want the State deciding which religious denomination’s marriages will receive recognition? Unitarians, for example, have a long and distinguished history in the United States (counting Emerson and Thoreau among their number). If a Unitarian Church marries two gay people why do you want the State siding with conservative Christian churches against them, and not recognizing, for civic purposes and purposes of equal protection of the laws, the marriage of this couple? Do you want the State making religious determinations between liberal and conservative churches?


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