Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gorilla My Dreams

Conservatives in the gay marriage debate often make the argument that allowing same-sex couples to marry is just one step away from allowing marriages between three-or-more individuals, between immediate family members, or even between humans and other species.

Their liberal opponents counter that these are ridiculous assertions are unfounded, that no one is (currently) asking for them, and that U.S. lawmakers would never allow such partnerships to become legal.

But considering the high courts recent propensity for using European laws to interpret our own constitution, this news from Madrid might be cause for concern:
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government has legalized gay marriage, reduced the influence of the Catholic Church in education and set up an Equality Ministry.
Spain's parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom [ed.: and the pursuit of happiness?] in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans. Parliament's environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans.

I fully expect the first order of business once this passes to be a lawsuit brought by the Grape Ape Project against anyone referring to wedding tuxedos as "monkey suits."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a farce! It is ridiculous in the extreme to link the issue of same-sex marriage and this silly story of animal rights. And besides, Looking at your pictur I"d say someone in your family tree already mated with an ape or something. Damn idiot!!1

6/27/2008 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Steven L. Potter said...

Ignorant words coming from someone too afraid to attach their name to the comment. In the future, if you would preach to someone about having prejudice against gays, you would do well not to include racial prejudice in your rants. "Damn idiot", indeed.

Songbird was, I believe, writing at least partly "tongue in cheek". And I for one found it pretty funny.

Great post, Songbird.

Steven L. Potter

6/27/2008 3:50 PM  

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