OLYMPIA, Wa. — Ken Hutcherson, Washington’s leading anti-gay pastor, ranted against same-sex marriage in his testimony before the Senate Government Operations Committee this morning, arguing that by approving marriage equality, lawmakers would have to assume that they “know better than God”:
HUTCHERSON: I think that you are saying, as a committee and as a legislature that you know better than God, since you think that it is a very minded, bigoted, not understanding and loving thing to limit marriage to one man and one woman…If you pass this bill you’re just as narrow minded, you are just as bigoted and you’re just as unloving to everything and everyone who wants to get married outside of one man and one woman, two men and two women. But since you think God is not smart enough to make it fair, you’re saying that you’re smart enough to make it fair.
Jennifer Roback Morse, president of the Ruth Institute, also condemned same-sex couples for filing “petty” complaints of discrimination, including lawsuits against Bed & Breakfasts that refuse to rent a double rooms to gays and lesbians. “They would have gladly rented them separate rooms, but that was not good enough,” she remarked. Watch it:
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Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) announced her evolution toward same-sex marriage and pledged to legalize the practice before the end of the legislative session. The state legislature is reportedly just one vote away from approving the measure.
Two other witnesses argued that gay people live short life spans and likened gay relationships to The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA):