Friday, February 11, 2011

More from cloud cuckoo land.

Once people accept wacky religious theories to explain life, anything is possible. Here we have Robert Broadus, from Protect Marriage Maryland, testifying against marriage equal. The argument is simple: if you let gay people marry pretty soon people will want to marry androids! And, if you want proof, what better place to look than Star Trek!

Down in Virginia, Republican official Eugene Delgaudio, who raises lots of money scaring people into donating to him to fight "the homosexual agenda" warned about the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest. He claims that "Radical Homosexuals" have infiltrated the event and even changed the parade route so it zig-zags so "no one one could call it a 'straight parade.'" He says that these "Radical Homosexuals" (capitalization his own) entice "unsuspecting college students" "to join their 'krewes' and help build parade floats in exchange for free alochol. Then: "When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually." Things sure changed since I went to college: I never once worried about being ravaged by a gay pirate.

I guess if marriage equality isn't stopped now then college boys will be forced to marry gay android pirates in the future. Save the children!

Apparently these sorts of nonsensical statements aren't helping. In Maryland, which is considering marriage equality, is facing a tight vote in the state senate (both the house and the governor are supportive of equality). The vote need 24 supporters in the Senate to pass; 20 senators are on the record of voting yes with more than enough sitting on the fence to pass it.Today the measure has 21 votes. Sen. Jim Brochin, who had previously supported only civil unions, says he will vote for marriage equality after listening to opponents at a public hearing. He says the opponents were "appalling and disgusting. ...I just heard hate and venom coming out of that hearing." He said the vitriol was so nasty that he didn't want to be associated with it and was going to vote in support of the change in the law.

On this front, it also appears Rhode Island will pass marriage equality in the next few months. New York is still a strong possibility as well.