Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I read an article yesterday in which a conservative member of the British Parliament spoke out against "barking mad" government plans to allow churches to perform gay marriages. According to the article, the MP said "most parents would prefer their children not to be gay."
It was an interesting article for a couple of reasons. This guy said he does support full equality with married couples in civic ceremonies, so that's something. But then he raised the same old bugaboo that conservatives in the states bring up when arguing against gay marriage -- that it would be taught in schools.
I don't doubt that he's right about parents. If given a choice, I suspect most would rather not have gay children. Even in today's improving climate, growing up gay is no picnic, and parents wouldn't choose that difficult path.
But what's the link between allowing gay marriage and having gay kids? Is he saying that a more tolerant society will encourage kids to come out? That might be true, but the alternative is to have them stay in the closet and be miserable. It's not like they would otherwise be straight.
His attitude illustrates the bizarre conservative idea -- apparently prevalent in some circles here as well as the states -- that being gay is a choice. I've got news for this guy. Parents who have gay kids will have them regardless of whether marriage is available. Marriage might just make them happier!
In commemoration of these bananas lawmakers, here's another banana sticker for the online collection. Seems like all our English bananas come from Costa Rica. In the states I think they came from Colombia -- but maybe that was just back in the old days, before the rise of the coca plantations!
(Photo: A tile on a pub in Crystal Palace. The pub is closed and boarded up, and I hope the building is preserved. The tile walls are incredible.)