If there was anyone who has ever epitomized the vicious hate and willingness at all costs to work against the equality of LGBTQ people, it has been Peter LaBarbera, resident of Illinois and president of the hate group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
You may wonder why our community has labeled him Porno Pete. It came about by his propensity to show up at our events and our establishments, as well as for selflessly viewing gay pornography so he can report back his findings in graphic detail to his flock. He finds us lascivious. We feel the very same way about him.
One can only imagine how outraged he must have been Tuesday when Illinois, where he lives and hates from, learned it will become our 15th State (plus our nation's capital) to marry us.
We didn't have to wait long. Yesterday he let loose with a bitter screed. LaBarbara, as you might imagine, is upset that his
bread and butter country has been dealt this grievous blow. I savored every spittle-inflected word.
It's very sad to see the Land of Lincoln now on the verge of officially defying God with our marriage laws . . . No matter what happens through the law or what politicians do, two men will never really be married, nor will two women. Marriage is one man, one woman. Sadly, as this state, and increasingly the country, kicks God to the curb, we're setting up all sorts of new-fangled legal arrangements – and that's exactly what homosexual so-called marriage is. It will now be easier in schools to propagandize in favor of so-called homosexual marriage.We will see freedom threatened across the state from people who don't want to support, for example, homosexual marriage through their own private business. They don't want to give that as an employee benefit, benefits based on a counterfeit marriage.
Let's parse what he had to say.
No matter what happens through the law or what politicians do, two men will never really be married.
Oh yeah? Says you! I'm not only married, but I now get the very same Federal and State benefits that Petey has enjoyed lo these many years. And soon my brothers and sisters in Illinois will enjoy these same rights too. My "artificial marriage" comes with some very solid perks. Porno Pete can use his pudgy little fingers to put air-quotes around the word "marriage" all he wants. Whatever gets him through the night. I am every bit as married as he is and, I would be willing to bet, happier about it.
Sadly, as this state, and increasingly the country, kicks God to the curb, we're setting up all sorts of new-fangled legal arrangements.
I hate to break it to you Pete, but while you were busy looking through my bedroom curtains, our representatives and courts have indeed been busy in backrooms making deals that have screwed us all over with their new-fangledness. Can you say Citizens United. I know you can. I could give you instance after instance where new legal "arrangements" have impacted real lives. Other than my own life, my marriage simply isn't one of them.
It will now be easier in schools to propagandize in favor of so-called homosexual marriage.
That's quite a leap, there Pete. But then again, you are known to leap about like a damned frog if it suits your bigotry. Let me propose that we make it easier for our children to go to school to be educated about our world, without encountering bigotry. Education is pretty much the polar opposite of indoctrination. If you want that for your own children, by all means, enroll them in a Christian school. They are everywhere if you so choose. One less kid who has learned from people like you that it's okay to bully others on the playground is fine with all of us.
We will see freedom threatened across the state from people who don't want to support, for example, homosexual marriage through their own private business.
You mean, for another example, something like this?
It must be so sad to be you today, Porno Pete. It's been a really tough week for a bigot. The Senate's historic passage of ENDA today put an exclamation point on your failures. You may call your SPLC-certified hate group Americans for the Truth about Homosexuality. But real Americans are out there spreading the real truth about our struggles against people like you. Soon, the money you made off of us by spreading your lies will dry to a trickle and you will be forced into another career. I won't hold my breath that you will choose an honest living.