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Gay Marriage, Washington D.C., and Brad Pitt

Posted on March 5 2010 6:00 am
Suzanne Venker, a.k.a. "No Bull Mom," is an author, blogger, and speaker. You can find her at
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Now that gay couples can marry in our nation’s capital, I can’t help but think about the silly little celebrities — such as Brad Pitt — who’ve publicly stated they’ll only marry when it’s legal for everyone.

“Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the actor tells Esquire magazine for its October issue.

Several years later, actor Mehcad Brooks (whoever the heck he is) says the same thing:

“Yeah, I want a wife, I want kids. The whole thing. But I’m also not even concerned with marrying somebody until it’s legal for everybody to get married.”

Then, of course, Charlize Theron jumps on board (you have got to love the way Hollywood leftists jump into the same boat together time and again):

“”I don’t want to get married because right now the institution of marriage feels very one-sided, and I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights.”

It may surprise Hollywood to know that many gay people do not need defending. Not all gay people want to be married, and not all gay people think gay marriage should be legal. What does this make them? A traitor to their cause?

I recently moved from a very Norman Rockwell-like neighborhood — where people leave their doors unlocked — and on the next street over were two gay couples, one female and one male. They were very private, didn’t come out and banter with the neighbors much. But they also knew that had they chosen to be more neighborly, they would have been welcomed with open arms.

Indeed, I never knew anyone who had a problem with these two couples. Of course this is just one example, but my point is this: Most people who are against gay marriage are not against it because they have a problem with gay people personally or think ill of them. I do not believe most people think homosexuality is an abomination; they simply believe gay marriage is not good for the country — and that’s a fair position to take.

Approximately 4.1% of the population is gay. This alone separates homosexuals from heterosexuals in a profound way. We can speculate all day long about whether homosexuality is a nature/nurture issue, but it doesn’t matter. The point is, being gay isn’t the normal state of things.

Now, of course, the use of the word “normal” will get any leftist riled up; but the statistics clearly demonstrate that it isn’t the norm — it isn’t even a tenth of the norm — to be gay. When you look at a picture of two men kissing, do you have the same reaction as when you look at a man and woman kissing? If not, that’s not because you’re a bigot. It’s because it isn’t the natural state of things.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean you should mistreat, make fun of, or look down upon people who don’t represent the norm. But being respectful of gay people and supporting gay marriage are two different things. Gay marriage is a legitimate debate, with reasonable arguments on both sides. What I have a problem with is the small minority of powerful people using the same tired argument that people who are against gay marriage — which is to say, most of America — are close-minded, conservative bigots.

Earth to Pitt: If you’re not marrying Angie, there’s a reason — and it doesn’t have beans to do with the rights of gay people.

Suzanne Venker is an author, blogger, and former teacher. You can read more of her work at No Bull Mom and Right Pundits.

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