Dr. James Dobson, founder of
On his radio show today, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson discussed the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and Bill Becker, an attorney affiliated with right-wing groups such as the Alliance Defense Fund and the Discovery Institute.WOW! THE ENTIRE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF SOCIETY?! OMG I HAD NO IDEA SAME-SEX COUPLES WERE SO POWERFUL!
As you could imagine, Dobson was aghast at the decisions, arguing that same-sex marriages "threaten the entire superstructure" of society. "I believe it can come down," Dobson warned. "This has been devastating. Even if eventually legally we somehow walk it back a bit, I don't see our ever completely recovering from what has happened here."
Becker went even further, saying that civilization crumbled the day the court released its rulings: "We're talking here about the foundation of civilization and I wrote today that I believe we've seen the collapse of Western civilization in one day."
Note the total lack of irony of a bunch of privileged dudes sitting around bemoaning the fall of civilization in a country where same-sex marriage is already legal in 13 states, the nation's capital city, and in five Native American tribes, and in a world where multiple nations and/or cities have legalized same-sex marriage, most of which are countries that are doing better than average on multiple metrics that are supposed to be important to conservatives.
I always love the "MARRIAGE IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON IT!" argument in defense of denying it to some people. If it's that important, surely everyone should have access. But then we are talking about nightmares of humanity who aren't even convinced people are entitled to food, so.
I also always love the casual eliding of the fact that marriage is so central to many social structures in the US specifically because so many rights and privileges and benefits are conferred exclusively through marriage. If we just gave everyone the same rights and privileges and benefits irrespective of whether they were married, marriage would be a hell of a lot less important.
"BUT HOW ARE TERRIBLE PATRIARCHAL ASSHOLES WHO ARE THE WORST EVER GOING TO FIND WOMEN TO BE THEIR INDENTURED SERVANTS FOR LIFE IF THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE DEPENDENT ON THEM FOR ACCESS TO IMPORTANT LIFE THINGS?!"—Dudes who are super bummed about same-sex marriage because Jesus.