Earlier this week, Jim Garlow called in to the "Point Of View" radio program to discuss his participation in the Vatican's recent summit on marriage. During the course of the conversation, Garlow offered up a rather interesting argument against the acceptance of gay marriage.
"All the people who advocate for so-called same-sex marriage ought to have to live in homes in which the plumbers who built them, or the electricians who built them, didn't understand the difference between the male and female end of piping or plumbing or of electrical as well," he said, "and see how that home works out for them."
"It doesn't work," he concluded.Does Jim Garlow know...
- that plumbing and electrical outlets aren't literally gendered?
- that while people didn't invent water or electricity, we invented the means of conveying them-- and named those means? In other words, that people precede plumbing rather than being modeled after it?
- that people are, themselves, neither plumping nor electricity?
- that it will always sound utterly creepy for homophobes to talk so obsessively about genitalia?
- that countless same-sex couples have managed to make it "work" quite well, all over the world and throughout time, in our species as well as others?
- that "Make it work" is in fact the catchphrase of a famous gay man with his own considerably larger and more fabulous congregation?
- that if corresponding connectors and fasteners had been instead named "America" and "Gay Marriage," it would be an equally valid analogy?
- that he has the moral reasoning skills and existential aptitude of a five year old child?