Ben Carson, the very talented neurosurgeon who is about the hottest thing going on the religious right, is unsurprisingly an opponent of marriage equality. Sean Hannity brought him on his show to argue against it and he delivered this offensive comparison:
CARSON: My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman, it’s a well-established uh, fundamental pillar of society. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [the North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in beastiality, it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition. So it’s not something that’s against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.
No. It. Doesn’t. The only people it affects are gay people. It will have zero impact on your life and your marriage. I was going to say that I don’t know why this is so hard to understand, but in fact I do. The Christian right doesn’t understand this because it produces cognitive dissonance. If they understood that, or at least admitted it, then their entire argument would fall apart. So they keep up this pretense that “redefining” marriage is going to have some overwhelming impact on them, on children, on civilization, and so forth. It’s in their best interests, in the sense that it helps them maintain their belief in the face of all evidence to the contrary, not to understand or admit that.