January 17, 2012 2:57 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
In September 2011, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute promoted an interview in which George Gilder – a conservative author and commentator – called homosexuality an “addictive” and “learned” behavior. NOM was so impressed with Gilder that it termed his “analysis of marriage abolition via redefinition” “excellent.”
On Monday, NOM again featured Gilder’s comments – this time on its main website:
In an interview with Reason TV, author and libertarian icon George Gilder explains why he opposes gay marriage: "The family is critical to raising civilized, creative, responsible people who can exploit and enjoy freedom." When asked how he is defining the family in this sense, Gilder responds: "Nuclear family, a man and woman and children." [...]
Gilder also goes on to share views that we don't feel directly impact marriage, but do service to illustrate the various reasons he has come to his conclusions about marriage, family, and human "flourishing.” [emphasis added]
NOM even promoted the “great interview” on Twitter, praising Gilder for laying out the “libertarian case against” gay marriage:
NOM’s video of the interview – which is a shortened version of the original – still contains the inflammatory claim that legalizing gay marriage will “open this door for confused boys” to become addicted to gay sex:
NICK GILLESPIE: How do you feel about New York legalizing gay marriage? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
GILDER: I think it’s a bad thing. I don’t think–
GILLESPIE: Why is it a bad thing?
GILDER: I mean, gays can do what they want to do. But I don’t believe that – you know, now bisexuality is supposedly a factor. Duh. I mean, if – the fact is all of us are bisexual in various ways. This whole idea that homosexuality resembles race in any respect is nonsense. The whole idea that male homosexuality resembles lesbianism in any respect is nonsense. And so this whole idea of gay marriage is just a parody. It’s an absurd concept.
GILLESPIE: Well, but, do you think that, you know, a – say two gay men who are married, would they be able to create a stable family situation that would raise children who would be – who would flourish or be [inaudible]?
GILDER: Well, sure. Individuals can do all kinds of things. It’s different when you’re establishing principles that are going to govern the society. The chief problem with gay marriage to me – I don’t particularly care what they choose to do – but the result will be teaching young kids that gay sex is just as good as any other sex, which is–
GILLESPIE: Now have you ever had gay sex? Do you know is it as good or–
GILDER: I know enough. I’ve spent a long time studying this subject and I know about gay sex more than most of the people who talk about it with such authority. And it’s not – it is not procreative; it cannot sustain the race. And young boys are quite responsive to it. And so, it’s a mistake to open this door for confused boys who have yet to crystalize their sexual orientation.
GILLESPIE: So, I mean, you believe–
GILDER: And it’s an addictive form of behavior and recent studies show that during the – until about 21, our brains are very responsive to various forms of addiction.
The fact that NOM chose not to edit out Gilder’s “addiction” claims while explicitly acknowledging that some of his anti-gay statements don’t “directly impact marriage” is extremely telling. Homophobic animus has always been the motivating force behind NOM’s “protect marriage” efforts, but referring to homosexuality as an addiction that “confused boys” might be lured into is the kind of rhetoric typically reserved for anti-gay hate groups.
NOM has previously called marriage equality an “excuse to poison young minds,” railed against LGBT-inclusive curricula, and generally condemned efforts to expose students to information about the LGBT community. If NOM truly subscribes to Gilder’s line of reasoning, it’s easy to see why.
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