Glenn Beck: Gay Marriage Laws Would Legalize Incest

Today, in response to a caller asking about the “slippery slope of gay marriage,” Glenn Beck claimed that gay marriage laws would result in incest, because siblings would be allowed to get married as long as they got fixed, and didn’t have children because they would make mutants.

Here is the audio:

According to Beck the argument for incest would be, “If you change the language and make it about love, that is, there is no answer to that. When it comes to incest the answer is well you couldn’t procreate. You would make mutants for children, so that’s where it gets bad, but if you take the children out and say you are only going to adopt, well then there is no, because you can’t procreate as two women, or procreation is not part of the marriage deal anymore. We have minimalized that, so if you got fixed and your sister got fixed, why couldn’t you get married?”

Beck’s comments are part of a pattern. Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Robertson have all been equating gay marriage to perversions. Beck’s argument makes no sense from a legal point of views. Gay marriage and incest is not the same thing. No matter how much the right tries to equate gay marriage to pedophilia, bestiality or incest, they aren’t the same thing. The simple fact is that every right wing scenario ignores the reality that incest would still be illegal even if gay marriage was legal everywhere.

They are separate laws. The argument that opponents make is that marriage is the backbone of our society, and if gay people can get married, it will lead to the fall of the republic, but since half of all marriages end in divorce, does that mean that our society is already in collapse? In the future, people like Glenn Beck are going to sound like those who argued in favor of segregation, and against civil rights.

The political reason why the GOP is going back to the gay marriage well is because they need something to motivate their base. Gay marriage worked for the GOP earlier in this decade, but attitudes have changed. I do have to give Beck credit for arguing in favor of civil unions, but as more states continue to legalize gay marriage, being in favor of civil unions won’t be enough. The tide has turned in the gay marriage debate, and not even a right wing smear campaign can stop it.

7 Replies to “Glenn Beck: Gay Marriage Laws Would Legalize Incest”

  1. There is no state constitution with a distinction between same-sex marriage and polygamy. If ss-marriage is a constitutional right, that simply means the legislature has no power to stop a marriage. No power to regulate marriage.

    How could one be a constitutionally protected right and the other under control of the legislature? What then gives the government the right to stop me from marrying you against your will? Or from marrying 5 people?

    Same sex marriage is a question of morality. Polygamy a question of sanity. What would prevent one of my wives from marrying three other guys? And each of those guys could marry several other people. And so on until we were all one family.

  2. Our legal system, fundamentally, is not built upon precedent per se. Rather, our legal system is built on something more elementary and more potent: our constitution. Building upon this, in the constitution, it is explicitly said, “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (Amendment XIV) I assume I don’t have to elaborate on the relevance of this excerpt of supreme law, because if you don’t understand what it conveys, then you shouldn’t be typing.

    Our government, and our constitution were not created so that the majority is able to bully the minority, nor was it created to have the minority bully the majority. Instead, it was created to protect the interests and ensure absolute liberty to both parties.

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