This week’s ruling striking down Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality hit the right wing especially hard. After all, Oklahoma can lay claim to being the buckle on the Bible Belt, so if same-sex marriage can happen there, it’s game, set and match. Needless to say, the ruling elicited the usual outburst of nonsensical reactions. Here’s a rundown of some of the zaniest responses from the fever swamps.
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern: “Homosexuality is not a civil right. It’s a human wrong…Homosexuals are saying this is who we are. This is how we’re born. You tell a lie long enough, people start to believe it.”
Pastor Paul Blair of Reclaiming America for Christ: “It’s time for us to stand with men like [abolitionist minister] Charles Finney in opposition to slavery and with [Nazi opponent] Dietrich Bonhoeffer to opposition to totalitarian government in Germany, we’re facing much the same thing.”
Oklahoma Pastor Doug Passmore: “If you push gay marriage far enough, you destroy a nation, or destroy a world because no babies will be born. So how can anything be totally good from a rational standpoint if it ultimately destroyed a nation.”
But the gold cup has to go to Rep. Louis Gohmert (R.-Texas), who seems to be competing for Michele Bachmann’s crown as the nuttiest of the wingnuts in Congress. At an event held at the Heritage Foundation, Gohmert suggested that judges who favor marriage equality should spend more time understanding biology–or at least Gohmert’s version of it. He complained that the judges were, in his words, saying, “‘Basically, we haven’t seen any biological evidence to support marriage being between a man and a woman.’”
But Gohmert has a way to fix that. The judges “need some basic plumbing lessons.”
To which we tell Gohmert, time to get your head out of the toilet.