On Sunday, just a few days after the Supreme Court overturned DOMA (the law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states), Rachel Maddow appeared on Meet the Press to chat about the historic ruling. Maddow (alongside author and academic Michael Eric Dyson) was up against two staunch conservatives who strongly oppose gay marriage: The first, Ralph Reed, is the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Jim DeMint is a former Republican Senator from South Carolina (who, on the same segment, said that women “want” to be forced to have ultrasounds before having an abortion).
DeMint threw the first stone by unfoundedly claiming that heterosexual marriage is “better for children.” Interesting statement, Sir. Especially considering the recent Atlantic article which argues that “gay marriage is good for the age-old institution because it’s reinvigorating the union, which has waned in popularity among heterosexual couples.” The author, Liza Mundy, also went on to say that,
“Same-sex spouses, who cannot divide their labour based on preexisting gender norms, must approach marriage differently than their heterosexual peers. From sex to fighting, from child-rearing to chores, they must hammer out every last detail of domestic life without falling back on assumptions about who will do what.”
Thus implying that children of gay couples actually grow up in a happier, healthier environment. So there. Anyways, Maddow shot back at DeMint, telling him that by denying homosexual couples the right to legally wed is actually “humiliating and demeaning” the children of those couples.
“Gay people exist,” Maddow continued. “There’s nothing we can do in public policy that makes more of us exist, or less of us exist. And you guys have been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist, but you don’t make any less of us exist. You just are arguing in favor of more discrimination, and more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.”
Translation? Sit down, Jim DeMint. The only thing that could have made Maddow’s statement any more apt is if she ended it with a Z-snap.
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