It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with our old pals Andy Pugno and Ron Prentice from Protect Marriage. (I blame Netvibes for the problems they’ve been having with their feeds.) Let’s see what kind of self-victimizing drivel they’ve been churning out in regards to the Proposition 8 case. (If you just want to see a complete list of the baseless arguments found in these posts, jump to the bottom.)
Back on March 30th, Andy Pugno wrote “What Goes Around, Comes Around. Maybe.” This was another whiny post about why he thinks the No on 8 side should have to turn over all their internal documents. Not much to be missed from this post:
Not surprisingly, Equality California and the ACLU have appealed Judge Walker’s order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. And Judge Walker has already issued a ‘stay’ of his own order for document disclosure for a week, while our opponents ask the Ninth Circuit to intervene. This means that even now – months after our side was forced to disclose internal campaign records to our opponents – we continue to wait while our opponents refuse to disclose the same kind of evidence.
As always, we appreciate your support and will keep you posted as the process continues.
They are really petulant, spoiled children. They complain about every little thing they can think of to complain about and then expect to get more donations so they can continue whining.
On April 2, Ron Prentice chimed in with a vomit-inducing posts I’ve ever read on ProtectMarriage.com, which is saying something. And I’m not using “vomit-inducing” in a sophomoric way; the gushiness of this post, called “Spring is in the Air,” truly made me nauseous. After pandering to Christians (for Easter) and Jews (for Passover), Ron starts waxing poetic:
Regardless of one’s religious views, though, this is also the time when spring is in the air! Nature all around us is beginning to come alive — wildflowers bloom, the grasses are lush with greenery, a new generation of animals are born to the flock, and the air is filled with the sounds of birds chirping and nature awakening.
Some truths are simply enduring. Spring follows winter. Rivers flow to the sea. The sun rises at dawn and sets at dusk. It takes the fruit of a man and the womb of woman to make a baby.
Blech. Essentialism makes my brain hurt.
Last week, Andy Pugno sent out an “Update on Perry v Schwarzenegger Case” with a snapshot of their closing arguments and evidence. When you read it, it sounds like they’d like to undo feminism entirely.
And while it is true that the traditional model of marriage between a man and a woman has been disputed of late in the United States, a set of universal functions of marriage remains:
- Complementing nature with culture to ensure the reproductive cycle;
- Providing children with both a mother and a father whenever possible;
- Providing children with their biological parents whenever possible;
- Bringing men and women together for both practical and symbolic purposes; and,
- Providing men with a stake in family and society.
In addition, there are corresponding universal features of the institution of marriage, which include the following:
- High social and legal authority and attractive incentives supporting the institution;
- Maleness and femaleness;
- A definition of eligible partners;
- A public dimension;
- Encouragement of procreation under specific conditions;
- Mutual support between men and women and duties toward children; and
- An emphasis on complementary parental roles and relationships.
Here’s my interpretation:
- We need babies EVERYWHERE!
- Orphans, foster kids, potential adoptees, and actual adoptees can SUCK IT!
- Single parents, divorcees, elderly couples, and heterosexual couples who can’t naturally procreate can SUCK IT!
- Men should get to own their wives—and everything in the marriage—just like in the old days!
- Women, you better have the house clean and the dinner ready or you aren’t doing your God-mandated job!
- Anybody who doesn’t like our ideas of reinforcing hypermasculinity and the oppression of women can SUCK IT! We’re throwing everybody, including all women, under the bus just to stick it to the gays!
And of course, they ask for more financial support for their “epic battle” to reset cultural norms back at least 60 years.
And in the latest post that just went up yesterday, Ron Prentice wants to tell us about “The Impact on Children.” In his first big paragraph, he makes this vacuous claim:
Further, experts around the globe agree that the ideal family structure for a child is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage.
He goes on to say:
The contention that there is no discernable difference in the impact on the cognitive, emotional and social well-being of a child between opposite-sex married couples and homosexual couples just isn’t borne out by social science.
Apparently, he has doesn’t know how to google the American Psychological Association:
In summary, there is no evidence to suggest that lesbian women or gay men are unfit to be parents or that psychosocial development among children of lesbian women or gay men is compromised relative to that among offspring of heterosexual parents. Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents. Indeed, the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.
Yet, Prentice just keeps on spreading the lies. His post is chock full of them. It’s disgusting. I don’t even feel like quoting any more of it. As someone who never has and never will meet my biological parents, I just can’t explain how angry it makes me to be scapegoated by idiots like Prentice specifically to serve his oppression of me. It’s slimy.
And if it weren’t bad enough that he’s disseminating misinformation, he’s using it as a scare tactic to purloin more money from his mindless followers. I feel bad for these people. They are brainwashed enough to believe this shit (without citations) and scared enough by it to keep forking over the dough.
I can’t wait for Protect Marriage to lose and equality to win. I like the idea of a “social experiment” called justice.
In case you’re interested, these four posts included the following memes:
» “Wait” (It’s a “social experiment.” We don’t know the long term effects!)
» “Reverse Discrimination” (It’s not fair they didn’t have to release their documents. This hurts the institution of marriage!)
» “Special Rights” (Why should we risk our children to suit the “political agenda and desire of adults“?)
» “Traditional” (There are historic universal truths about the nature of marriage.)
» “Essentialist” (Simple biology explains how and why we should recognize relationships.)
» “Children” (It doesn’t matter how untrue our lies are, our children are still at risk, so be scared and give us more money!)
» “Victim” (Thousands of Californians voted for Proposition 8 and their votes need to be respected!)
» “One Man & One Woman” (We subscribe to gender norms and we intend to force everybody to do the same. Male power!)
That’s a whole lot of BS.