George Will A Right Winger Using Science to Defend Homophobia


George Will A Right Winger Using Science to Defend HomophobiaGeorge Will A Right Winger Using Science to Defend Homophobia

The arguments against same-sex marriage lack credibility.  But, today in an article written by George Will in the Ohio based publication “the News-Herald” attempted to use an instrument consistently denied by the right wing called “science”.

He claims that California’s law that prohibits same-sex marriage is valid because the consequences are yet to be determined.  Therefore the Obama Administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court that the law is unconstitutional because it “denies equal protection under the law” in not applicable.

“When a federal judge asked the lawyer defending California’s ban what harm same-sex marriage would do to the state’s interests in “the procreation purpose” of heterosexual marriage, the lawyer said, “I don’t know.” This was mistakenly portrayed as a damaging admission. Both sides should acknowledge that, so far, no one can know.”  This is Will’s primary argument.

A brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the California case by conservative professors Leon Kass and Harvey Mansfield and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy warns that “the social and behavioral sciences have a long history of being shaped and driven by politics and ideology.” And research about, for example, the stability of same-sex marriages or child rearing by same-sex couples is “radically inconclusive” because these are recent phenomena and they provide a small sample from which to conclude that these innovations will be benign.

My first observation is that another conservative is attempting to find a rationale for denying same-sex marriage.  And, that may be accurate.  But what shocked me is an attempt by the right wing to use the very thing they deny has any relevance, though it be flawed, to attempt to sway the majority of Americans who now support marriage by gays and lesbians.  The do not believe in science.

Leon Kass and Harvey Mansfield and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy warns that “the social and behavioral sciences have a long history of being shaped and driven by politics and ideology.”

They continued:  Unlike the physical sciences, the social sciences can rarely settle questions using “controlled and replicable experiments.” Today “there neither are nor could possibly be any scientifically valid studies from which to predict the effects of a family structure that is so new and so rare.”

Hence there can be no “scientific basis for constitutionalizing same-sex marriage.”

When the right wing attempts to argue using biased scientific data which is unsubstantiated, it is laughable.  They deny climate change, ignoring 99% of scientific data.  They support factories that pollute our streams and rivers, claiming the effects are minimal.  And they tell us that using coal is a safe source of energy.

They want to convince us that same-sex marriage should be unconstitutional because scientific data cannot foresee whether the union would produce a positive or negative conclusion as to the outcome of the family unit.

Homophobes will continue their efforts to find any sort of vague argument to deny the constitutional rights of all Americans to have equal protection under the law.

We, the United States of America, will not become a member of the civilized world until we eliminate bigotry and racism.  Unfortunately, in the last twelve years, the idiocy of our prejudices has increased.  We are regressing instead of moving forward and guaranteeing the very premise of our Constitution, freedom for all.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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