On Friday, June 12, Chihuahua joined the Federal District, Coahuila and Quintana Roo in allowing the marriage of same-sex couples.
But it did so at its own peril.
GOP leaders in the U.S. have long warned us of the dangers of gayness. According to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (who ironically said that the GOP “must stop being the stupid party”), Hurricane Katrina was God’s wrath upon Louisiana for gay lifestyles.
It’s true ─ God shows his displeasure with our immorality with bad weather, just ask California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who earlier this month noted with authority that the ongoing California drought is due to abortion. The causal connection couldn’t be any clearer.
According to the most senior cleric in Iran, whores cause earthquakes. Even the Rarámuri indians living in the Sierra know that when Tata Dios is unhappy with the wickedness of man, he withholds the rains, requiring many sacrifices and the drinking of much tesvino.
But apparently Gov. Duarte and the Chihuahua state legislature didn’t get the memo.
Proof of God’s displeasure at Chihuahua’s arrogant approval of gay marriage is, as I write this, lurking off the coast of Sinaloa in the form of tropical storm Carlos.
And it’s not only bad weather Mexico has to worry about. The 9/11 attacks, according to the late Jerry Falwell, were God’s punishment for sin as well (prompting Christopher Hitchens to quip that if the plus-sized pundit had been given an enema before he died he could have been buried in a matchbox).
Mexico is a culturally conservative Catholic country, and as one might expect there was a vocal opposition to Chihuahua’s move, mostly from conservative National Action Party (PAN) activists.
The fatuous arguments by Mexicans against the state sanctioning of same-sex unions essentially mirrors those in the U.S.: being gay is a lifestyle choice that can be “cured” with counseling, and God, being personally offended by homosexuality, intended for marriage to be between a man and a women only. Also that women are chattel, but I digress.
As for the first argument, Yale biologists inform us that (I know, here I go again spouting “facts” from an elitist Liberal university) a certain percentage of the populations of 450 animal species have gay sex, including humans.
As it turns out, we Homo sapiens are not even the gayest mammals ─ that honor goes to bats (I always had my suspicions about Batman and Robin), although some researchers dispute this, pointing out that homosexual activity among giraffes is actually more common than heterosexual activity.
Be that as it may, we still have to contend with the “God’s intention” argument. Specific prohibitions against homosexuality are mentioned only two times in the Bible. Within the Abrahamic traditions, though, the genocide or enslavement of opposing tribes, the murder of infidels and apostates, the stoning of disobedient children, are ubiquitous.
Which makes me think the Catholic Right in Mexico and the Christian Right in the U.S. might have somehow gotten their priorities wrong.
We’re still left with the problem, of course, of explaining the increase of severe weather events, the melting of the icecaps, the steady disintegration of Greenland. It could be global warming due to man-made CO2 emissions. But to believe that you have to believe all the gobbledygook of those shameless scientists spouting off about the voodoo of the “scientific method” and “falsifiability” and “testing hypotheses.”
I’m going to go with the sin theory. It’s easier.
Although Bobby Jindal doesn’t seem to want to take his own advice, his admonition, slightly reformulated, bears repeating: the GOP in America and the PAN in Mexico need to stop being the parties of stupid.
Glen Olives Thompson is a professor of North American Law at La Salle University in Chihuahua, a specialist in law and public policy and a regular contributor to Mexico News Daily.