Thursday, February 7, 2008

New bile spat at gays?

I found this letter to the editor, which vomited some bit of homophobic pablum that I hadn't heard before:
The right of inheritance for children should be a non-issue for homosexuals since they really give up the right to children if they only want to be with the same sex. Or if homosexuals want children, is this a case of wanting their cake and eating it, too?

Uh-huh. Y'know, Mr. Pietz, if you ever went to school you probably have heard of the Declaration of Independence. And who knows, even if you didn't you might be familiar with this phrase: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

But since you're an ignorant blowhard, you probably don't know what "unalienable" means. So here's a definition: "incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another." And since you probably don't understand what "repudiated" means, here's a definition of that, too: "to cast off or disown."

In short, people--even gays!--cannot give up their rights, nor can they be taken away by anyone else.

And since when was dating someone of the same sex a recognized relinquishment of the right to have children? Hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples have children. I don't really see how you plan on preventing them from ever getting children, either. Are you going to lobby to prevent people from adopting unless they engage in coitus in front of a group of witnesses and sign a legally-binding contract pledging to do so again?

That'd certainly make the adoption process more interesting.

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