A few weeks ago on a late night talk show in Ireland Rory O’Neill was interviewed and with assertiveness and eloquence lambasted the Iona institute and their members for their Anti Gay rhetoric accurately labelling them homophobic. Subsequently Iona and its members pursued litigation against RTE on the grounds of defamation of character and depressingly RTE capitulated, paying a sum of 80K to settle the libel claims, and submitted an apology.
Inevitably this precipitated an uproar, with many civil rights activists and politicians reprimanding RTE for their capitulation. This has instigated a public discussion throughout Ireland with many aggrieved at RTE for censoring O’Neill’s polemic against Iona.
Unfortunately for Iona members they’ve incurred a cost, the public are now aware of what a bunch of cowardly, prejudiced, homophobes they are.
By attempting to suppress O’Neill’s comments, it led to the dissemination of O’Neill’s comments across the web with many who were completely oblivious of Iona’s existence now being totally attuned to the insidious rhetoric their members spew on a daily basis.
Iona espouse a view that is inherently untenable; an archaic view that marriage should be restricted to heterosexuals only.
By definition that is a form of homophobia, by removing the right of marriage and the consequences that entails they are affording heterosexual couples preferential treatment based on their sexual orientation: That is glaring discrimination.
Their whole argument is predicated on the premise marriage exists solely for procreation; an antiquated view given that many married couples elect not have children, and children are often born outside of wedlock. Iona maintain their intentions are in the public’s best interest. They allege children do better when raised with opposite sex couples and rely on dubious scientific data to perpetuate this falsehood. All credible scientific data states the contrary, that children of homosexual couples do just as well as evidenced by the largest world study conducted on gay parenthood. Adoption and surrogacy are onerous, expensive, and at times result in devastation; because of that it requires a profound level of commitment. Despite this Iona will continue to parade their ignorance and fear-monger no matter how many studies falsify their misguided theories.
Iona and other Anti-Gay groups are attempting to exploit people’s most vulnerable feeling: Protection of children. They’re misusing science in an attempt to persuade people that gay parenting is detrimental to children, and hoping the public will assent to their wishes. But on the contrary, most people see right through their inanity, and a recent poll on gay marriage approval testifies to that.
Really, the concern over the well-being of children is just a pretence to obfuscate their real feelings: Disdain of homosexuals.
Judith Stacey, of New York University, stated: “Rarely is there as much consensus in any area of social science as in the case of gay parenting, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics and all of the major professional organizations with expertise in child welfare have issued reports and resolutions in support of gay and lesbian parental rights”.
In 2006, Gregory M. Herek stated in American Psychologist: “If gay, lesbian, or bisexual parents were inherently less capable than otherwise comparable heterosexual parents, their children would evidence problems regardless of the type of sample. This pattern clearly has not been observed. Given the consistent failures in this research literature to disprove the null hypothesis, the burden of empirical proof is on those who argue that the children of sexual minority parents fare worse than the children of heterosexual parents.”
Iona intellectualise their prejudice; their hate veiled in sophisticated language giving the impression it’s more reasonable than homophobic slurs.
But when you decipher it, you soon realise it’s just a more decorated form of homophobia, and one which is arguably more pernicious.
Homophobes have a right to spew their vitriol, and drivel but shame on prominent newspapers like “The Irish Independent” for facilitating the promulgation of homophobic rhetoric.
So yes, well done to Rory O’Neill for going on national television and confronting hate. It’s about time.