Yesterday, anti-gay activist Linda Harvey offered a chilling argument for why Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act shouldn't be struck down on 14th Amendment grounds. In her daily commentary on Christian radio station WRFD in Columbus, Harvey claims that a gay person doesn't meet the definition of a "person" under the 14th Amendment.
Why should the equal protection argument be made in favor of homosexual behavior, which is changeable? People are not naturally homosexual, so the definition of "person" in the Fourteenth Amendment is being twisted to make this assumption.Listen to the whole thing at WRFD's Website. Look for the piece called "Supreme Court to Consider Marriage."
Many legal cases have been argued to try to pile all kinds of questionable characteristics onto that word. But "person" should be understood based on historic, beneficial, or at least neutral and fact-based traits; it should not be twisted to incorporate behavior that most religions and most cultures have said a firm "no" to.
It's also behavior for which there's no recognized science demonstrating a genetic or hormonal origin. And it's also not beneficial and does not stand the definition of marriage, used for millenia - that is, the act of consummation. It's another sad fact of homosexual behavior that two men or two women can never consummate a marriage; they can never conceive children together.
The most troubling part of this, believe it or not, isn't Harvey's embrace of "pray away the gay" therapy, which has been completely debunked by all legitimate psychologists. No, it's Harvey's claim that gays don't qualify for 14th Amendment protection because gay behavior is not "beneficial." I hope I misunderstand what she means here. After all, wasn't this one of the arguments used for laws banning interracial marriage--because it wasn't "beneficial" to society?
3:55 PM PT: Since this made the rec list, I thought I mentioned another aspect of just how dangerous Harvey's comments are. Declaring someone a "non-person" is one of the first steps to genocide. Yet more proof that people like Harvey really aren't all that different from Fred Phelps.