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US: Republican senator attacks Illinois same-sex marriage bill as ‘discriminatory’ towards straight people

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Feb 2013, 7:07pm

    This from an ex-gay ministry supporter. Another dumb arse religious nutter of the C4M ilk. How on earth does this discriminate against religious straights? Are they going to stop getting married then? Hardly, stupid bigot.

  2. And your sincere religious beliefs transcend gay rights because…? Look, let’s put things into perspective. Gay people have been discriminated against due to your beliefs system since forever. I don’t care if you think marriage should be between a man and a woman. We don’t live in a theocracy (thank goodness) so arguing that it contravenes your religious beliefs holds no weight whatsoever. Calling it discriminatory is deeply ironic and, unsurprisingly, makes you look like an idiot. I’ve got nothing against America but it sure does churn them out doesn’t it?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Feb 2013, 1:46pm

      It certainly does seem to have a plethora of these idiots and we think we have it bad in the UK.

      1. I’m sorry to confess that this idiot is from my home state. Trust me, he’s a fringe element — even Republicans in Illinois are not generally that stupid and extreme. In fact, the head of the state Republican party supported the bill, as did our Republican Comptroller.

        McCarter has entertainment value, and that’s about it.

  3. wanker !!

  4. I dont understand pink news’ headline. He’ s arguing that giving equal marriage rights to gay people constitutes discrimination against homophobic religious people. I dont understand where the straight people come into it.

    1. I don’t know who is voting this down because it is true. He’s not talking about straight people, he’s talking about religious, homophobic bigots. Quite aside from the fact that most straight people aren’t religious, homophobic bigots, not all gay people are pro “redefining” marriage (to echo the bigot speak used by McCarter). So yes you’re right, the headline has misrepresented the article.

      1. I think the headline is fair enough. Religious people tend to be to most outspoken opponents of SSM but he speaks of “damage done to the state.” and B&Bs and florists having to close. He does not say (in the article) that only religious people will be affected. Texas is socially backward. All kinds of influences will contribute to homophobia there.

        1. “To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between a man & a woman.”

  5. Liam the God 18 Feb 2013, 7:43pm

    I stopped reading when I got to the words “Deeply held religious belief”, because I’m sick of hearing it used as an excuse for bigotry.

  6. “We tried to reach his mistress for comment, but our calls went unanswered.”

  7. Jen Marcus 18 Feb 2013, 8:03pm

    Well, I just about heard everything on the subject ,but that is the biggest crock of “BS” I ever heard! What a “tool!”

  8. How do people that stupid ever get elected to a public office?

    1. … and is being stupid a requirement before one may join the GOP?

      1. They are voted in by Daily Mail readers ….

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Feb 2013, 1:40pm

          As well as the Sun, Mirror, Telegraph and supporters of the BBC.

  9. ‘Discriminatory to straight people’…………is there an award for the most deeply ironic statement of the year.

  10. Reality-Based Community 18 Feb 2013, 10:34pm

    Um, hmm…no, actually. That wedding businesses closing down thing? That’s not what happened in other states. Not in Connecticut or Massachusetts anyway. All those wedding-related businesses are doing just fine here in the marriage equality states. But y’all have fun making stuff up anyway, as I know you will.

  11. Some people may sincerely believe they’re Christ or Napoleon. What are we to do about them, treat them as the real deal or lock them up if they become really unpleasant? As for the senator: he may have a point as soon he’s forced to marry someone from the gay community.

  12. Christopher in Canada 18 Feb 2013, 11:30pm

    I wonder what has happened to these generations that were born AFTER the 1960’s – did they spend their childhoods under a rock???

  13. I’m wondering whether it is Malfeasance In Public Office to use your position as Illinois State Senator to lie to the voters of Illinois. I challenge this bigot to find a single florist that was forced to shut down as a result of marriage equality laws in other states.

    1. Yeah, I don’t get that claim, either. Shouldn’t florists and other marriage related businesses be doing MORE business when more people are allowed to get married? I do not subscribe to his “logic”.

  14. johnny33308 19 Feb 2013, 1:15am

    Only in the mind of the American Taliban, or any other “fundamentalist” could the words “exactly the SAME rights” mean that those who wish them are persecuting those who already possess them….maybe that’s the problem, fundamentalists no longer have minds since their version of “religion” discourages them from being intelligent or rational so that they never question anything their ‘leaders’ say or do. Luckily most people understand what these words mean. Sad that these ‘religious’ freaks, Talibaners all, have no brains. They will be safe in the Zombie Apocalypse though since we all know Zombies eat brains…..

  15. Yes he is right, and also his community is being discriminated against right now as they are no longer permitted to burn gays
    at the stake. What is this world coming to?

  16. What a total dick!

    It is simply called MARRIAGE EQUALITY stupid!

    All us gay men (and lesbians) who pay a heap of taxes and all we want in return is total full EQUALITY under the law!

  17. Hahah. Oh! Those funny old Republicans. Stuck somewhere in history – along with those lovely Westboro Church people. If only they could start observing the central message of their religion’s founder: “Love One Another”. Such wicked, cynical use of the bible to justify their own homophobic bigotry.

  18. Jock S. Trap 19 Feb 2013, 11:23am

    ” jeopardising freedom”?????

    They just don’t get it. What they actually mean is they want to continue viewing some as second class citizens and continue to discriminate against us.

    One of the most desperate arguments if you ask me. Pointless and pathetic.

  19. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Feb 2013, 1:45pm

    Obviously this moron hasn’t read the 14th amendment of his country’s constitution guaranteeing the full protection of the minority from the tyranny of the majority as well as the full faith and credit clause. I think the amendment will be the one which will decide the fate of the Defence of Marriage Act. It is unconstitutional and I would submit it would be very difficult for a sitting Supreme Court justice worth his or her salt to rule otherwise. The problem with people usch as McCarter is that they don’t believe there is separation of church and state. Once again, religion playing the abuse of religious freedom card. So bloody annoying.

  20. It seems to me that the homophobes are each day losing even more their arguments. They are running out of credible arguments and are just throwing anything they can come out with.

    1. Liam the God 19 Feb 2013, 2:46pm

      Did they even START with a “Credible Argument”? All I kept seeing was “But it says IN THE BIBLE…..” or some such bollocks, but nothing credible. Nor anything RATIONAL, come to that :)

    2. Well, before they used pseudo-scientific theories and arguments that homosexuality, bisexuality, transexuality and many other non-traditional sexualities that didn’t match with their narrow-minded worldview were psychological diseases and LGBT people had to be medically treated for that. It was bollocks like every other anti-gay arguments and finally fell down with the reform at the psychological and psychiatric system all through the world and homosexuality stopped being considered a psychological disease, but had some success at resembling credible arguments, for some time fooled some people and was slightly better than religious and moralist arguments.

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