As the movement to legalize same-sex marriage gains force across the country, with a recent Gallup poll showing that majority of Americans would vote in favor of allowing gay marriages, the forces of opposition to this trend continue to beat against the tide of history.
Fourteen states now allow legal same-sex marriages. Another, New Mexico, has no law preventing the practice, and county officials have granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples there. But 35 states still have laws on the books explicitly prohibiting gay marriages.
Even as these states grow more vocal, their arguments against same-sex marriage grow more incoherent.
Prior to a large rally at the Illinois statehouse last week, one pastor, identified by a local TV station as David Rogers, attempted to outline his logic behind opposing an Illinois bill, and ended up comparing gay couples who want to marry and raise families to 5-year-olds who want to drive cars.
The clergyman (pictured) was responding a question from a Fox 32 reporter who asked him why, despite the fact that gay marriage appears to be gaining widespread acceptance among Americans, the proposed Illinois law allowing same-sex marriage needs to be stopped.
“Well, we have five-year-olds who think they can drive cars, but the reality is, there’s a certain way that things are structured,” he answered. “There’s a male lion and a female lion. There’s a rooster and a chicken.”
However, without taking a breath, he went on to make a persuasive argument for letting people, gay or straight, marry who they want.
“For us to have this conversation while the state is 100 million dollars in debt, our nation is 16 trillion dollars in debt, we have children being murdered every day, and I think the politicians have a lot more on their table that need to be addressed other than what two adults do in their bedroom,” he said.
That is exactly the argument made by proponents of equality in marriage rights who say that the government has no business deciding who is allowed to marry who.
Religious leaders in Illinois have been fearful that the law wold force churches to perform gay ceremonies against their will.
Sources: The Advocate, Gallup.com, Chicago Sun-Times (2), Fox 32, ProCon.org