Marriage equality repeal was the heated subject yesterday in the New Hampshire state house, where, according to reports, five hundred signed up to speak in favor of keeping marriage equality, and only forty (including NOM’s Maggie Gallagher) signed up to speak against it. Of the forty or so speakers against, a few were definitely under the cloud of the Tea Party, Fox News, and hate groups like NOM and the American Family Association.
The excellent Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress put together a video of many of the more ludicrous and obviously false comments from some of the anti-equality speakers at yesterday’s New Hampshire marriage debate.
Indeed, one man in essence, did say, “Gay marriage will lead to Sharia Law.” Volsky attributes this statement to one Howard Kaufman. I cannot (via Google) track him down, but here’s what he said:
“A future redefinition of marriage that permits polygamy would facilitate the introduction an aspect of Sharia or Islamic law that permits a man to have up to four wives.”
Just for the record, Sharia law cannot possibly become law in the United States, and if anyone thinks that polygamy, bestiality, etc., would become legal in America, think about how hard it has been to get marriage equality to become law in just a few states.
Volsky offers these rather ridiculous and offensive quotes, all available in the video below, too:
REP. ALFRED BALDASARO: “The same thing happened in Canada, where they passed gay marriage. Now they’re fighting in the courts to get 3 husbands, 3 wives.”
SEN. FENTON GROEN: “[Homosexuality] will significantly increase their risk of serious diseases and can be expected to significantly shorten their lives.”
By the way, the chair of the hearings asked Rep. Baldasaro for proof. I hope someone follows up on getting that.
That last musical part was nice.
(image via Mother Jones)
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