Newt Gingrich has joined the misguided crusade to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. This thrice-married and twice-divorced adulterer who is totally into the sanctity of marriage and all that it represents has urged Californians to support Proposition 8 in order to "defend and protect marriage." Not from people like him, of course, but from loving gay and lesbians couples! How logical.
But don't get your knickers in a bunch, dear readers. I'm sure Gingrich's next move will be to "defend and protect marriage" by supporting amendments to make it illegal for adulterers to re-marry, to ban divorce, and/or to impose criminal penalties on adulterers. Marriage, you see, definitely needs protection against such immoral, depraved, and confused persons. And, since there are way more potential heterosexual adulterers than there are gay people, surely a proposed constitutional amendment affecting heterosexuals, rather than a vilified minority group, is imminent, right?
But seriously, that a man who has personally made a mockery of marriage is now deemed a worthy spokesperson to urge people to strip away the right of loving, innocent, and law-abiding citizens to marry is simply unbelievable and arrogant. Essentially, Newt is saying that marriage is good enough for him- a man who committed adultery numerous times- but not good enough for the millions of gay and lesbian couples who are undoubtedly more capable of commitment than he is.
Gingrich's little foray into this debate is demonstrative of what many of us in the LGBT community already know: This debate isn't about preserving, defending, or protecting anything. Politicians don't really care about the so-called Sanctity of Marriage. What they care about is how they can use the issue of homosexuality as a political football to garner votes. All you common folk marriage defenders out there take note. You are being used. Once you wise up and realize that gay people aren't at the root of any of your problems, these elite rightwingers who have made careers out of demonizing people like me will discard you and find a new base to rally.
The Proposition 8 Movement has just shown its true ridiculous hypocritical colors. Any more famous adulterers out there? Sign up now! The Proposition 8 movement needs you to defend marriage!