You can tell a lot about a person by the metaphors they use; it show a kind of equivalence of thought, in terms of how one thing relates to another. And it’s never clearer than in cases where dehumanization is the rule. Such as…comparing gay people to animals.
The kindly fellow above is Mississippi’s Reverend Edward James. No, he’s not standing in the missionary position next to a horse in a wedding dress as a lifestyle choice. It’s (evidently) a protest against the possibility of legalizing gay marriage in his state.
The building in the background is the Federal Courthouse where this case will ultimately be decided by U.S. District judge Carlton Reeves. Last month, Reeves struck down Mississippi’s ban on gay marriage, but stayed his ruling so officials throughout the state would have time to file appeals based upon the United States General Law of Leviticus.
The signs the Reverend hold read:
“Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold?” And “Marriage is one man and one woman… anything else is a perversion.”
Of course, James knows he looks ridiculous. But not half as ridiculous as two adults consenting to share insurance benefits.
“I’m hoping that Judge Reeves will reconsider his ruling and that Mississippi will stay a state that will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.”
Said local gay rights activist Eddie “Yes this is totally my real last name” Outlaw to WJTV:
“The argument is not about sin or religious belief or what the church says about marriage equality. It is strictly about benefits, rights, protection extended by government not by the church.”
True. And there’s practically no chance Ol’ Miss will decide any differently than any other state to recognize legal marriage licenses. Similar cases will be heard on the same day in Texas and Louisiana. We suspect, though, Reverend James will have to find a new group of human beings to compare to animals soon.
Might we suggest a trip up to Ferguson?
Darren Wilson’s people would be happy to agree.
Watch the report below:
H/T: Raw Story