Defenders of DOMA
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 96 22:27:55 -0700
Subject: Defenders of DOMA
Forwarded-by: Jef Jaisun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
<caution - liberal point of view included>
MY MARRIAGE has been threatened by a lot of things, including arguments,
marathon silences, raging hormones (mine), midlife crisis (mine), dirty
clothes piles (hers) and occasional failure (mine) to wash the backs of
My marriage has never been threatened by Bob wanting to marry Ted, or Carol
getting engaged to Alice.
Now, with the passage of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," the House
of Representatives has saved the battered institution of heterosexual
marriage. Let the marriage counselors of America, the ones who aren't in
Congress, join the unemployment lines.
If the bill passes the Senate, gay couples won't be able to share the joys
of government-sanctioned connubial bliss. They'll have to decide who takes
out the garbage without benefit of marriage licenses.
Oh, yeah. And American civilization will be saved.
And now a word about some of the legislators who saved the institution of
marriage and America.
Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., the sponsor of the bill, declared on the floor of
Congress that "the flames of hedonism, the flames of narcissism, the flames
of self-centered morality are licking at the very foundations of our
society, the family unit."
Barr ought to know about family units because he's been married three times.
And he knows about the licking flames of hedonism too. He once was caught
licking whipped cream off the chests of two buxom women.
Of course, that's OK, because it was disgusting straight sex, not disgusting
gay sex. However, it was shockingly high in fat grams.
Then of course you have the speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.,
whose idea of traditional family values was to visit his cancer-stricken
first wife in the hospital to say he was leaving her.
Paying guys like this to defend marriage is like paying Bonnie and Clyde to
guard your bank.That's what we're doing - paying meddling politicians to
deal with nonexistent problems. More precisely, to make problems.
They're trying to make problems for Bill Clinton, and turn him into the best
man of the gay marriage party. It's a desperation move by Republicans
saddled with a dud candidate for president. As Sen. Ted Kennedy said, this
should be called "The Defense of Endangered Republicans Act."
President Clinton responded in true form, out of both sides of his mouth.
He said he opposes discrimination against any group of Americans, but will
sign the bill because he "has long opposed gay marriage."
Another guy whose advice on marriage we need.
The backers of the anti-gay marriage act say they're saving American
civilization - you know, the heterosexual civilization that brought us Al
and Peggy Bundy.
Rep. Steve Largent, R-Okla., who used to run around and get smacked in the
head by NFL free safeties, said, "No culture that has ever embraced
homosexuality has ever survived."
Steve, no culture has ever survived. They all decline and fall.
Homosexuality somehow stays with the human race, though.
Largent seems to have been referring to ancient Greek culture, as
represented by pederastic philosophers who live on in the Western
Civilization courses conservatives love so much.
So Greek culture doesn't live on? What was that Olympic flame all about?
Think Greco-Roman wrestling, Steve.
For the first time, the federal government has tried to define marriage.
Legislators who claim to favor states' rights, religious freedoms and
individual rights are overregulating intimate human relationships.
The House has forbidden citizens to peaceably assemble as man and man in
their own bedrooms. The House that treasures the right to keep and bear arms
can't bear two women legally in each other's arms.
The problem with most Washington politicians is that they're so busy boozing
and bimboing that they've never seen a gay relationship.They should do some
field work in San Francisco, where the only normal people on the average
block are gay couples.
I live in a bungalow that was occupied for 45 years by two women, easily
the stablest relationship for a radius of three miles.
On my old block the two gay men next door were quiet, loving, neat and owned
a successful small business.
The other neighbors included a psychopathic heterosexual redneck couple who
kept a .357 Magnum stashed in their broken dishwasher, and a zoned-out
heterosexual hippie couple who grew pot in a house with so many grow-lights
it glowed like something from "The X-Files."
Everybody else was single and lonely.
Congress should ensure domestic tranquility, not prevent more perfect
unions. If they want to save marriage, they should pass a law requiring that
the backs of dishes shall always be washed.
[We can only assume that the writer does really know (deep down) that it's
really okay to lick whipped cream off the chests of two buxom women... -psl]
© 1996 Peter Langston