Good analogies are something of an art form. They don’t have to be accurate in every detail, of course, only in the relevant ones. But they can’t be the exact opposite, as is the case with the analogy used by South Dakota state Rep. Steve Hickey, sponsor of a new bill to exempt businesses from dealing with icky gay people.
Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, the lead House sponsor of the measures, said the bills are tolerant of gay people and those who oppose same-sex marriage. Gay people can find someone to marry them and provide wedding services, but they shouldn’t be able to force pastors or businesses to take part.
Hickey, pastor of a Sioux Falls church, said a court ruling legalizing gay marriage in South Dakota might expose him to lawsuits or prosecution because he believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
“Religious rights need to continue to trump gay rights. Otherwise, we’re heading down the road of Iran, where it’s convert or die, be quiet or die,” Hickey said. “If we want to talk about church and state, this is a bill that keeps the state out of my church.”
Um. Iran is a perfect example of “religious rights” trumping gay rights. In Iran, gay people can be put to death because religious bigots demand it.