It’s a law of political physics: when it comes to marriage equality, some Republicans can’t open their mouths without subtracting from the sum total of human knowledge. The latest example: New Mexico state Sen. William Sharer, who is leading the anti-marriage charge in that state. In a walk through the groves of alternate reality, Sharer advised gays to follow the example of Alexander the Great: stop “whoring” around with men and marry “a local woman.”
In a blog post, Sharer decided to illustrate the usual tired arguments about marriage having to be limited to a man and a woman to take a tour through a version of history that you won’t find in any textbook. This included a visit to that “pre-Christian philosopher” Confucius and a review of Pocohantas’ love life to prove that marriage was valued by Native Americans “long before any Bible totin’ Christian ever walked on this continent.”
But it was really in Macedonia that Sharer hits his stride. “Alexander may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman,” Sharer wrote, confusing the military genius with an ancient prototype for John Paulk. “He directed his officers to stop ‘whoring’ around and find a local woman to marry.”
In case you’re wondering why Sharer thinks it’s OK to ruin two lives in an unhappy marriage, he quotes Alexander himself: “‘It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end’. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.”
We haven’t noticed a noticeable reduction in hatred and war since Alexander purportedly dispensed that advice, but then we haven’t been following the news much since 323 B.C.
Sharer assured Talking Points Memo that he harbored no animosity to the LGBT community. Why would we ever think that?
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