The annual Values Voters Summit took place late last week and, as always, it was a cavalcade of crazy and stupid. Republican politicians flocked to it to rub elbows with some of the worst bigots in the country. Rep. Eric Cantor made this completely incoherent argument against marriage equality:
We all know, as do most Americans in their hearts know, that the way for us to allow the pursuit of happiness is through individual effort. It is not through government program. And that is why we believe in traditional marriage, because marriage, more than any government program ever has or ever will, has lifted up people out of poverty, even those who felt there was no hope. Marriage has proven to be that formula which has been more successful at allowing for that pursuit of happiness. And that is why we stand tall and stand proud for traditional marriage.
So why doesn’t this apply to gay couples and their children? Yes, having two parents does help children avoid poverty and be more financially stable. With around a million children being raised by gay parents, why do the Republicans want to lock them out from such benefits? Oh yeah. Because their parents are gay and being gay is bad. And what the hell is that line about the pursuit of happiness doing in their? You can’t pursue happiness if you’re not married? WTF?