Why don't they just take a vote on the neighbor's sex life?
Susie Bright hits the nail on the head:
Morals” is their code word for sex, all issues related to sex. Republicans are against sodomy and blow jobs in the Oval Office, against gay marriages, against women wearing the pants and men wearing peace signs, against intercourse outside of marriage, public sexual education and discussion, against breast displays on television, against dirty words said in public.
They believe that these issues, far more than any other, are what makes the difference between a good world and a bad one, a reason for hope vs. a reason to despair. It defines who they are more than any one of the other ten commandments. Class, race, nature, the origins of life and death— all take a far back seat to Janet Jackson’s pierced nipple or two men kissing in San Francisco. If they could eradicate sin, God would reward them. It’s sin that makes their world go round.
Seriously, to hear some of them talk, you'd think the 10 commandments were things like "Thou shalt not be a homo" and "Thou shalt not give a blow job" and "Thou shalt not have an abortion".
I think we should set up an alternative election for the sex-phobic voters. Obviously, they just want to use the voting booth to register their disapproval of your sex life, so maybe we could just have a series of referendums where each citizen gets on TV, kind of vaguely describes his/her preferences and practices and everyone gets to vote on whether they approve or not. Nothing would come of it, of course, but the wingnuts would have their chance to register their opinion in a nationwide contest.
Of course, it would sneak up and bite them on the ass because they think that everyone else will register approval for their joyless married sex lives. But it's probably safe to say that Jerry Falwell and wife might actually get more thumbs down than a cute gay couple.
The irony of the whole debate is that the people who voted against gay marriage were tricked. They thought they were voting against gay people having crazy, kinky sex, but in fact they voted against gay people buying Volvos and houses in good school districts. Oooh, erotic.
Via Avedon Carol.
(By the way, I didn't know Susie had a blog. I hope she can keep up with it, since I always did like her writing.)