Thursday, January 3, 2008

Traditional Marriage? Not!

In a clip on, there is the following exchange between Mitt Romney's spokesperson, former Sen. Jim Talent (MO) and Chris Matthews, in which Talent talks about the "militant gays" who want to change one part of the "cultural institutions" of America: marriage:

"Mitt Romney adviser Jim Talent appeared on Hardball and Chris Matthew asked him about his flip-flopping on various issues, including gay rights.

Matthews: What do you make of his claim...he claimed he was more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy. He wouldn't be saying that in Iowa because it's not a popular position, but hasn't he changed on a number of issues?

Talent: He’s always had the same position as to regards to the gay agenda. Look, he wants to know people to know he values gay people as people, okay? But he doesn’t want the militant gays to be able to change the cultural institutions of the country."

As I state in the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, the very concept of "marriage" and "families" have always been influx; "marriage" and "family" are what I would consider "context dependent terms," by which I mean they are defined or perceived dependent upon the larger cultural context in which they are part of. Heck: there are eleven or more different definitions of the word "family" in the many editions of Webster and Oxford dictionaries, let alone "marriage." So when the words "traditional marriage" or "traditional families" are being used by politicians like the former Sen. Rick Santorum (PA), or in the Church, e.g., James Dobson, we should boldly ask: "Which definition of marriage are you using when using the word 'traditional?' And whose definition or description of family are you referring to?" According to the former Senator from MO, Jim Talent, I am a militant gay because I have a mind and use it when questioning and promoting marriage-rights for those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. Or perhaps I am just a dad who cares about his family...who happens to also be gay. This much I know: on the issue of family and marriage among those of us in the LGBT community, I am an uppity gay!

Peace, Brett

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