Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Inhofe's family still at risk of incest, divorce

Atrios reports that, in his floor speech on marriage, Oklahoma's Senator Inhofe showed a picture of his family and said:
As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop [the photo] we'll have during the entire debate, my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.
And the only thing stopping him from raping children was that the law didn't recognize marriage between loving homosexual couples? Is this his argument? That if he could have married a boy he'd have dumped his wife?

If not, why is this "prop" important? What is it meant to tell us?

Honestly, are conservatives so uncertain of their own fidelity that they think allowing two loving people to marry would lead to a total demolition of existing marriages?

If so, the fact that the gay marriage amendment didn't even have 50 senators behind it this year says a lot about the state of anti-gay bigotry, and it mirrors public opinion on gay marriage.

Gay marriage supportThe graph here is based on data from Pollingreports.com. Three different firms have long-term data on attitudes toward gay marriage. Gallup asks "Do you think marriages between homosexuals should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?" ABC asks "Do you think it should be legal or illegal for homosexual couples to get married?" and Pew asks "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

As you can see, the trend for all three polls is for growing support for gay marriage. It'll take time before that trend would cross the 50% mark, but opposition would drop below 50% by 2020 and opposition should equal support around 2025. Furthermore, when you ask people about giving the rights of marriage but not the name itself, we're already past that crossover point. A Pew poll last summer found a majority in favor of civil unions, an ABC poll taken at the beginning of this month found support evenly divided.

As Sam Brownback told the Post:
"What the world needs now," the senator said, "is love, sweet love."
Sweet straight love, that is.