Religious leader wants apology on Cuomo’s gay-marriage remarks

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The Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of the conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, wants an apology from Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of some of the comments the governor made this month about people who oppose same-sex marriage. The governor was quoted in Gay City News as saying the following at a New York Times-sponsored forum:

“There is no answer from the opposition. There really isn’t. Ultimately, it’s, ‘I want to discriminate.’ And that’s anti-New York. It’s anti-American,” Cuomo was quoted as saying.

Cuomo pushed for and ultimately was able to secure enough votes for the controversial legislation to pass in the Senate in June. The law took effect in July.

McGuire said he was offended by the comments. “It is one thing to disagree on an issue of public policy, but it is quite another to question the patriotism of 150 million (or more) Americans,” he said in a statement.

The governor should apologize for his remarks, McGuire said.

“It is not a bigoted statement to say that children need a mother and a father,” he wrote in a letter to Cuomo today. “I contend that many of the issues our state is struggling with can be traced back to absentee fathers, a general lack of parental involvement and the breakdown of the family: low graduation rates, out-of-wedlock births, runaway welfare and Medicaid costs, even the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.”

There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the governor’s office.

This is the full text of McGuire’s letter:

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  1. Andreas Lights on

    The governor is correct: As difficult as it might be to accept that you, yourself, are a bigot, along with the aforementioned millions of Americans who have unfortunately been taught that gay people & homosexuality are somehow outside of God’s Eternal Plan or outside what is “natural” or “normal.” Over 450 species exhibit homosexual or bisexual behavior, and several form lifelong same-sex pair bonds.

    While I feel sympathy for the Rev. Jason McGuire, it is what it is. We can sugarcoat the animus against the LGBT community, say it is steeped in age-old traditions, but it can no longer be ignored or cast aside as simply antiquated thinking. It must be called out for what it is: institutionalized bigotry and discrimination.

    New York has boldly challenged the status quo. The world is not flat, nor was it created less than 6,000 years ago. There is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy. Gay people exist, therefore they have a right to exist. Gay people are citizens, therefore entitled to pursue happiness with the single, unrelated adult of their choice. People who feel otherwise either evolve their thinking or eventually die. Welcome to the Aquarian Age.

  2. Andreas Lights on

    Further, the Rev. wrote:

    “It is not a bigoted statement to say that children need a mother and a father. I contend that many of the issues our state is struggling with can be traced back to absentee fathers, a general lack of parental involvement and the breakdown of the family: low graduation rates, out-of-wedlock births, runaway welfare and Medicaid costs, even the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.”

    But it IT IS a bigoted statement to say that children can ONLY be raised by a mother and a father. Plenty of well-adjusted children are raised by a single parent or by a couple of same-sex parents; likewise, plenty of ill-adjusted children are raised by their mother and father.

    There is no evidence that children of same-sex couples suffer from low graduation rates. Regarding out-of-wedlock births, NO UNWANTED PREGNANCIES occur with same-sex couples, nor is there any evidence of any increase for their offspring. Finally, the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases is greatly reduced through monogamous pairbonding, sex education and safer sex practices.

    You can come up with a whole bunch of reasons to hate gay people or try and deny civil equality, but the bottom-line reason for this hate is that we’ve been taught to do so. Because we said so. This is a non-reason and it is (finally) coming to an end.

  3. Thanks Andreas Lights!!! You had to come back a second time to address “the reverend’s” multitude of lies and you could have returned again & again and never covered all the falacies.
    That humans see what they want to see is at the heart of the matter really. “the reverend” sees what he’s been taught to see, what his faith tells him to see. He can’t think outside that box…it’s not within the power of his physical brain. Yes, to “the reverend” the world is still a flat surface and everything on the far side must be “bad” because he can’t see it and it’s closer to falling off the edge.
    Thanks to Gov. Cuomo for all his hard work!!!

  4. The reverend may want to blame gay couples for low graduation rates, etc. but we straight people managed that all by ourselves.

    Allowing gay people to get married does not cause any additional children to be raised by a mother and father. It just gives equal rights to the already existing same-sex families who have kids.

    If the reverend is worried about the documented negative effects of single parenthood on children, he should be campaigning to outlaw single parenthood and divorce. However, every study done comparing children raised by two opposite sex parents to children raised by two same sex parents has found that both are equally healthy, happy and well adjusted.

    Equality will hurt no one and make life measurably better for gay and lesbian headed families. The younger generation can see that, even if the older generation is largely blinded by their prejudice. Marriage equality is coming–for the sake of the families effected, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  5. I love the way they call themselves “Americans for Constitutional Freedom” when their real purpose is to destroy those freedoms in the Bill of Rights.

    These rightwing religious zealots have brought lying to whole new levels. The Americans for constituitional Freedom would do proud to the Newspeak of George Orwell’s 1984.

  6. Cuomo is just like his old man. Both love to quote St. Francis of Assisi and Teilhard de Chardin in the morning, and then dance with the devil when the sun goes down.