Nathan (vovat) wrote,

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Those Darn Homos!

You've probably heard people claim that they oppose gay marriage, but they're not homophobic. I'm not entirely sure how that's supposed to work, though. Bringing homophobia into such a discussion isn't quite like, say, calling someone a racist because they oppose the President. There are reasons to dislike Obama other than racism (which isn't to say that I haven't heard from some quite vocal people who DO dislike him for racist reasons), but I've yet to hear a reason for opposing gay marriage that isn't homophobic. Can anyone think of one? And no, "sanctity of marriage" doesn't count, for multiple reasons. Do you really think, for instance, that a former New York City mayor who's been married three times and is considering a run for governor on an anti-gay-marriage platform has much concern for the sanctity of marriage? Not to mention that sanctity is hardly the business of the government.

The term "homophobia" is a bit weird, when you think about it. Does everyone who's prejudiced against gays feel that way out of fear, as the term suggests? A lot of homophobes ARE motivated by fear, as with those who believe that there's a Gay Agenda to corrupt kids and paint the Statue of Liberty bright purple, but are all of them? A lot of racists are also motivated by fear, but racism isn't referred to as a phobia. For that matter, the word is pretty weird (or should I say "queer"? :P) in another way, because wouldn't the most literal translation be "fear of the same"? Yeah, I know I'm nitpicking, but I'm just wondering why this one form of prejudice is pretty much always referred to as a phobia, while others aren't.
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