I’m not a huge fan of Glenn Beck or the Godwin’s-Law-meets-Poe’s-Law shitfest he calls his television show. And I do cringe a little inside when I hear him use the word “libertarian.” But he actually managed to impress me this time.
O’REILLY: But let’s take the gay marriage deal. Big ruling in California. You really didn’t cover that much, right?
BECK: Because honestly I think we have bigger fish to fry. You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever –
O’REILLY: Do you believe — do you believe that gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?
BECK: A threat to the country?
O’REILLY: Yeah, it going to harm the country?
BECK: No, I don’t. Will the gays come and get us?
O’REILLY: OK. Is it going to harm the country in any way?
BECK: I believe — I believe what Thomas Jefferson said. If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?
O’REILLY: OK, so you don’t. That’s interesting. Because I don’t think a lot of people understand that about you.
BECK: As long as we — as long as we are not going down the road of Canada, where it now is a problem for churches to have free speech. If they can still say, hey, we –
O’REILLY: Oppose it –
BECK: — we oppose it –
BECK: — but we’re not trying to kill anybody or trying to –
O’REILLY: In Sweden they have that too. OK, so gay marriage to you, not a big a threat to the nation.
It’s absolutely true. And the fact that this is even still an issue is despicable. Gay marriage poses no threat to anyone. Not to the “sacred institution” of heterosexual marriage (which fucks up 50% of the time, all on its own). Not to children raised by gay couples. Not to the children of bigoted, homophobic heterosexuals. No one is harmed by gays getting married.
We are all harmed by the government institution of marriage. But that is a separate matter. The constitution is clear. No American should be deprived of equal protection under the law. If the government offers certain benefits to its citizens, it cannot deprive some people of these benefits based on their sexual orientation.
It absolutely is a question of civil rights. Civil rights trumps the popular vote. Every time.