Senator Rick Santorum - Republican, Pennsylvania - Please Shut Up

Stop trying to push your morals on other people.

You're a homophobe and a bigot. Alas, you're a bigot who apparently got voted into office.

But here's the rub:

Mob rule does not dictate what is right or wrong.

Just because you don't like something, that doesn't give you the right to ban it. Especially if that something is something which has never concerned you.

You don't like gay marriage? Don't marry a man then.

It's that simple. No one is forcing you to do anything you don't want to do. Good. No one is getting hurt by gay marriage. Nothing is being "destroyed" - no matter how much you might want to claim it is. There is no evidence of any kind of hurt occurring - why not go see some same-sex couples getting married. Do you see heartbreak? Pain? People getting killed or subjected to cruelty?

No. You just see what you see when straight people get married. Namely, happy smiling faces. A couple who want to be with one another more than they want to be apart. Two people who have promised to live together as a family, and to support one another.

Why should this issue be reduced to sex? Sure, you might be a bigoted religious nut who believes everything you read in the bible (I sure as hell hope you don't eat shellfish, or you'll be damned to an eternity in hell, you sinner)... but what has that got to do with the law of the United States of America? A country, I might add, that practices the complete and total separation of church and state. Or at least, it claims to. The more right-wing Republicans such as yourself appear to have a severe mental deficiency when it comes to such topics. You don't seem to get that part.

Or perhaps, maybe, you mean to codify that families are only families if they create children. Well, that's all very Henry VIII of you. But what about families that choose not to have children? Or that are sterile? Are they not families any more? Do you mean to strip them of their rights next?

Where will you draw the line?

Senator Santorum, please understand... I don't hate you... I just don't want to see you going down in history as the man who voted against giving women the vote. Or who voted for black slavery. Because, in case you've not figured it out yet, what you're trying to achieve is exactly the same thing.

If you don't want to go down in history as a petty-minded zealot who wanted to limit human rights, you might want to change your course.

And if you don't? You and Jerry Falwell can burn in hell for all I care.

(For the record, I'm straight, and married).

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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