Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Notoriously anti-gay science fiction writer Orson Scott Card has issued a "plea" for people not to boycott the Ender's Game film, which is based on a book he wrote, due to his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying:
"With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.

Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."

As an actual gay person in a civil union who still doesn't possess the full rights of marriage even after the DOMA decision, I beg to differ that the same-sex marriage issue is now "moot."

But, of course, leave it to a hetero privileged guy to have a very surface-level understanding of the relevant legal issues as he casually dismisses the real-world struggles that actual gay people are actually still enduring, in part, because of people like himself. He is, after all, a board member of the National Organization for [Heterosexual] Marriage [Supremacy] - perhaps the most prominent agency in the nation working with a near single-minded devotion to opposing equality for same-sex couples.

Also notable is his reliance on the trusty old how dare you not tolerate my intolerance?! trap.

What will actually be interesting is not how "accepting" and "tolerant" gay people are toward our opponents now that these opponents are losing more and more despite their best efforts, but the extent to which these opponents are gracious in their defeat and truly sorry (or not) for the harm they've caused.

Spoiler alert: I won't be seeing Ender's Game. I read the books more than a decade ago so I actually would have been marginally interested in seeing a film adaptation. Oh well.

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