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  1. Terry says

    Hell, I don’t understand acolytes of Ayn Rand. I don’t understand how people like that can be such selfish assholes. You don’t have to “understand” marriage equality. It’s the LEGAL right to marriage. And if you don’t understand the concept of legal rights, perhaps you’re just too goddamned stupid to be in government service.

  2. Bill says

    Obviously “Rand Doll” doesn’t understand a lot of things. It’s his problem. No gay person anywhere is obliged to validate their existence to anyone at anytime. It’s clearly the hater’s issue – not yours. As the Bible teaches “shake off the dust of your feet” and keep moving baby! (Matthew 10:14)

  3. Joe says

    “Urban Centers”? So that’s how a senator says “them city folk”? Rednecks like Paul are always distrustful of folks in “urban centers” that are way more educated and intelligent. Their self-perceived inferiority is what drives their distrust and bigotry.

  4. Frank Butterfield says

    “Urban centers” is a new code word. Expect to hear it a lot. It must be testing well.

    That’s the same phrase being used in Michigan in order to change how electors are sent to the Electoral College.

  5. HOCKEYJOCK says

    It’s interesting : Republicans seem to wait until the ‘tipping point’ where they are forced to give up their prejudiced views to get votes. The GOP loses in two elections and suddenly he’s aaalll about embracing ethnic minorities. Why? Because they need votes, obviously, they have no choice!

    It’s interesting, that he doesn’t really have to give any justification for his discriminatory views on marriage except ‘I don’t understand gay marriage, so I don’t like it and want to keep things traditional, so I’m against it’.

    It also makes me think about the biased slant of the term ‘traditional marriage’. The word ‘traditional’ immediately makes it sound like ‘a time-honored tradition that America should preserve’, like pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, or like the 4th of July, like something that must always be protected. It’s actually the best term for saying ‘defend the status quo at all costs, just because it’s tradition’.

    Next time someone says that, I’m going to say ‘oh, sorry, did you mean to say Discriminatory Marriage?’ ‘Oh, sorry, did you mean to say ‘Only Heterosexuals Marriage?’. Because that’s literally what it is, it’s a blatantly more accurate term, and discrimination doesn’t really deserve to be covered up by the word ‘tradition’…

  6. JohnAGJ says

    Ok, so SSM isn’t Paul’s “thing”. No news there. Now this part I found to be interesting:

    “He said he was ‘not sure’ about DOMA, but warned the federal law could result in conservatives losing ‘the battle for the whole country.'”

    I’m seeing more hints like this from Republicans, almost as if they seem to know what the end result is going to be about marriage equality in this country regardless of how SCOTUS rules this year. Interesting…

  7. GregV says

    This is a refrain I have heard many times from those who argue against gay people’s rights:. I’ve heard assertions like these:
    “But we don’t understand homosexuality.”
    “We don’t know how a same-sex household works.”
    “We don’t understand who would do the cooking and cleaning if there are two men.”

    And then they claim to have strong opinions against this concept that they do not understand.
    My response is: Well, I understand how same-sex relationships work perfectly well, and everyone who does understand it supports equal rights. How about you abstain from having opinions on things about which you know so little!

    (And still, I can’t help but think: What is there to not understand? I understood it in kindergarten, and so can practically any 5-year-old. Unless you’ve been brainwashed with misinformation, It’s no more complicated than understsnding that some people marry someone tall and some people marry someone short.

  8. David Hearne says

    There is an old saying, ‘Men marry for sex, women marry for security.”

    While I don’t know if it benefits us to understand straight men, I think we can see how they would not understand marriage if one didn’t need to marry to get what he wants out of life. We’ve been sold this lovey-dovey marriage crap for going on two centuries, when in the past such decisions were made by parents along class lines based on economic strategy rather than “love”.

    My observation is that straight men do not, as a rule, think very highly of straight women including their spouses. There is a suspect relationship generated by the way heterosexual females trade in sex. They may draw a line between prostitution and marriage, but for some the line in thinner than others. Moreover, straight men need marriage to hold title to their children and increasingly it seems that straight women marry simply to procreate and then file for divorce. So I really don’t find it all that surprising that Rand Paul doesn’t understand why someone would volunteer to be married if he doesn’t have to.

  9. Dback says

    Oh, Rand, you don’t “understand?” OK, let me spell it out for you with very small words and simple sentences, so your pea-brain might eventually grasp the concept:

    Two people love each other. They want to take care of each other. They make a promise to always be there for each other. They pool their resources and assets. The law (if not the church) now sees them as a single unit, or package deal.

    Was that so hard?

  10. One of the CA 36,000 says

    Poor chia-haired Libertarian moron can’t “understand” same-sex marriage?! I thought Libertarians were supposed to be so damned smart…!!

    Even given that this idiot represents Kentucky, one of the U.S.’s more backwards and intelligence-hostile states, that’s a bit hard to accept. My nieces accepted me and my now-husband as just another happy couple way back when they were 4, for Gawd’s sake!

    Just like I always say: Libertarianism is extreme right-wing conservative selfish dogma, with legalized marijuana, that appeals to stupid men with the emotional maturity of thirteen year old boys and over-inflated senses of self-worth and superiority. Just what you’d expect to be invented by a Russian-born egomaniac and failed screenwriter who thought she was the most alluring and bewitchingly intelligent woman in the world (pictures of her hatchet-faced visage, and her novels, proving her wrong on both counts).

  11. Mary Ann says

    I believe that gays are pushing their agenda unfairly onto America. Their goal seems to be not equal rights but getting Americans to approve of their “lifestyle”.

    What next, affirmative action for gays?
    Multiple partner gay marriage? Gay sex instruction in sex educations classes for children? They are already pushing the children’s book King and King onto public schools. This is wrong.

  12. Derrick from Philly says

    Mary Ann:

    What a refreshing voice you are here on Towleroad.

    Are you in the same facility at Bellevue Hospital where they keep Rick? Do they have a separate ward for women? Of course, they do. Rick would kill himself if they didn’t.

    I hope the Good Lord heals you soon. Let’s pray on it, honey.

  13. Caliban says

    Mary Ann, I don’t recall you stopping to get my approval of whatever cr*p you get up to, when you have sex, if and to whom you should marry, or how you raise your kids. So wt.f makes you think I or anyone else wants or needs your approval? Despite your extremely elevated opinion of yourself, you’re just not that important. I don’t give a f*ck what you think.

  14. says

    What is the “gay lifestyle”, anyway? It seems like all the things that the current generation-X & Y heterosexuals are doing.

    Finish school. get a job. get a hip apartment. get a little black book. date. be social. go out. continue dating. don’t marry young and don’t have kids in your twenties or early-30s.

    yes. everything i need to know about the Gay Lifestyle I learned from Sam Malone on CHEERS.

  15. ChristopherM says

    By urban centers, he means Louisville where he lost 2-1. Of course we are also 1/6 of this trash hole of a state’s population and 1/4 of its income. You’d think they’d be a little nicer to us considering they’d be bankrupt without us.

  16. MichaelJ says

    Ditto what Bill wrote: “No gay person anywhere is obliged to validate their existence to anyone at anytime. It’s clearly the hater’s issue – not yours.”

    And Little Kiwi’s observation, that his young neice understands perfectly well what a same-sex marriage is, is what is really worrying the homophobes. The more children grow up with openly gay people around them, including couples whose presence demonstrates commitment and love, the more people will grow up with a more natural acceptance of gay people, even if their religion teaches them that homosexuality is wrong. This is what the homophobes fear, which is why they want to do more than teach their children homosexuality is wrong. They want us back in the closet so their children can grow up in ignorance.

  17. MichaelJ says

    Ditto what Bill wrote: “No gay person anywhere is obliged to validate their existence to anyone at anytime. It’s clearly the hater’s issue – not yours.”

    And Little Kiwi’s observation, that his young neice understands perfectly well what a same-sex marriage is, is what is really worrying the homophobes. The more children grow up with openly gay people around them, including couples whose presence demonstrates commitment and love, the more people will grow up with a more natural acceptance of gay people, even if their religion teaches them that homosexuality is wrong. This is what the homophobes fear, which is why they want to do more than teach their children homosexuality is wrong. They want us back in the closet so their children can grow up in ignorance.

  18. jamal49 says

    Well, so much for the theory that Rand Paul or his father are actual Libertarians.

    By the way, I don’t understand Rand Paul. Dude don’t make no sense AT ALL.

  19. Alex Parrish says

    @Mary Ann — I do not have a “lifestyle” I have a life. I have been with my partner for 36 years and counting. We do all of the things you probably do with your “breeding partner” but we do them without the smug and incorrect assumption that we do them in some superior manner because of our beliefs. You, Mary Ann, are what is wrong with the US right now. You represent the mistaken idea that your particular take on religion’s influence on morals and standards is superior to all others. Many moral people — including religious ones — have come to understand that their particular beliefs have no particular claim to superiority over others. It is the height of presumption to assume you are always right. Without that assumption you have no basis to judge others lives. I pity your myopic view of the world. You are a sad little person.

  20. Satyr Troll says

    being that “urban” has long been conservatives’ code word for black or african american, are they saying black communities or african american centers, so won’t this negatively affect their campaign to divide minorities?

  21. Aynal Rand says

    I don’t understand how Objectivist idealists could possibly be so incapable and devoid of pragmatism, reason, integrity, and even the itsy bitsy tiniest shards of humanity !

  22. jlavoy says

    I dont think the urban centers comment is veiled racism. Since the population of people who live in urban centers is higher than the rural population (see the last election), he’s making a case for the “smarter, traditional values” minority (theyre a persecuted bunch) to govern the “stupid, wreckless” majority. It fits perfectly into an incoherent tea party ideology.

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