Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey on Tuesday expressed outrage that a district court judge ruled on behalf of a gay couple, who are both Ohio residents but were married in Maryland, against the state’s ban on same-sex unions.One of the men has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is seeking to have his partner listed on his death certificate as his surviving spouse and be buried in the same family plot.
Harvey called their lawsuit “nonsense” and charged that if the men wanted to be married, they should have married women: “There’s no discrimination or inequality, either of these men could be married to a woman.” She said that the couple is in a pretend marriage, just like a girl who pretends to be a doctor simply because she believes she is one:
The suit contends that same-sex couples in Ohio are not treated equally in marriages enacted in other states, but this is simply not true — marriage is what it is, a man and a woman.
There’s no discrimination or inequality. Either of these men could be married to a woman — there’s no law barring them from doing that.
Their lawyers are doing what the Supreme Court did, saying that the U.S. 14th Amendment requires recognizing homosexuality as marriage because of equal protection under the law for all U.S. citizens. Well this is nonsense — presuming that equal protection means equal ability to change terms and definitions of laws, so they become what I want them to be.
Can marriage just be what anyone thinks it is? Here’s a possible analogy.
Sophie wants to be a doctor, she’s never gone to medical school but in her mind she’s qualified to treat patients, even perform surgery. But the law only allows the practice of medicine by those who have attended medical school, passed the state board exams and so on. But isn’t this unequal protection? Aren’t Sophie’s fantasies valid? She believes she should be allowed to practice medicine therefore the requirements to be a licensed MD are unconstitutional for her.
That’s right: a married gay person is no different than an unlicensed surgeon.