Saturday, 19 February 2011

The Language Of Homophobia: From Summerskill To Leigh

Way back in July 2009 we had Ben Summerskill saying, in arguing against marriage equality,:

'"Well, the issue on marriage is that again, there are a lot of vocal supporters, but the thing they've always focused on is actually the real rights and entitlements. As I said, we know there are quite a lot of gay and lesbian people who wouldn't want marriage, and some have explicitly said so. I think Antony Sher [the gay actor and playwright] gave an interview a while back where he said 'If it was marriage, I wouldn't want it. It recognises what's special about me and my partner.' And we know there are lots of lesbians who actually don't want marriage."'

Two years later we have Edward Leigh, Tory MP and homophobe, pointing out the same issue in his arguments against marriage equality:

“Why must they also have the language of marriage? No doubt because it is an important symbol to them. But it is also an important symbol to many other people. Must the religious and cultural heritage of the whole nation be overturned to suit the demands of a minority even of the gay community itself?”

I'm sure there's no direct link between the two but isn't it concerning that the head of one of the biggest LGB rights organisations believes pretty much the same stuff as a social conservative? Very worrying indeed.

As for Edward Leigh's other arguments, they are all derived from the usual rubbish spewed by US social conservatives. He really needs to get some new arguments. If marriage equality is on a slippery slope to polygamy and bestiality, then marriage itself is the start of that slope. The argument is so stupid it hurts my head to even consider it. And does he not know there already plenty of countries where marriage equality exists and these things HAVEN'T happened???

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