Arthur Christopher Schaper: Speaker Fox, Will You Marry Me?

Saturday, July 06, 2013


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With the passage of gay marriage in Rhode Island (plus ten other states), and the recent ruling from the United States Supreme Court, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed by President Bill “I did not do that to that woman” Clinton (so much for the sanctity of marriage), gay marriage advocates are in full march once again.

Along with striking down the DOMA provision which barred benefits to same-sex couples and their beneficiaries, the Supreme Court also struck down California’s “Prop 8” voter initiative, which received 51% of voters’ support in 2008 and amended the state constitution. However, five Supreme Court Justices ruled that on procedural grounds the constitutional amendment was unconstitutional (so much for the rule of law, and the will of the people).

So, the gay marriage movement is on the move, with the six-colored rainbow flag rolling across the land.

Then again, the very banner bandied about by gay marriage advocates betrays the hollowness of the movement. A real rainbow has seven bands: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, as well as violet (ROY G. BIV for you grade-schoolers). As a matter of fact (as well as faith and fullness) their rainbow will never be complete; their sentiment of unaccomplishment will remain in full spread. How could it be otherwise? The notion that two people of the same sex (not gender, but individuals with the same primary and secondary sexual characteristics) can marry has no basis in biology, psychology, or even history.

Yet progressives, liberals, the Democratic hypermajority, and even some Republicans in the Rhode Island statehouse have decided that gay marriage should have a “gay” ol’ time in Rhode Island. It’s a matter of “fairness” (or equality? Or access? Which liberal buzz-word is it?).

No shy advocate for redefining marriage, openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox claimed that marriage is all about family, commitment, and love in a recent interview with the Providence Journal.

Although he shared that the whole “gay marriage” vote was unprecedented for him, he did admit:

“My becoming speaker of the House would move this issue forward.”

And yet he was surprised at its passage? This man is a true politician, speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

About getting support for gay marriage. Speaker Fox explained:

“We had to put a face on the issue.”

Speaker Fox does not face many issues. He forgot about Rhode Island’s debt, deficits, and dysfunction, but he was willing to “face” the issue of gay marriage...

About the connection between gay marriage and Governor Lincoln Chafee, Fox added, when assessing the chance of passing the law during this term:

“I’m not alone anymore on this issue. I’ve got a friend and a partner.”

Well, Speaker Fox, since you will not face facts about the state of your state, but instead focused on gay marriage, claiming that it’s all about “love, commitment, and family”, I have some proposals for you.

Why don’t you marry Governor Chafee? Granted, he won’t be a faithful spouse, since he was not faithful to his first party, or to his previously ascertained “independent” status, but you said he was a “partner” on the issue. You and he have so much in common, making your personal (and familial?) priorities greater than the needs of Rhode Islanders. You both have a healthy sense of protecting your future (even if it harms other people’s.

I also have a proposal to make, one based on your radical definition of marriage based on, family, commitment, and love.

I want to get married, and I want to marry another man’s spouse. This man already has a partner, but since I can marry anyone I want, I want to marry this man. Since marriage is no longer defined as “one man and one woman” in Rhode Island, there’s nothing wrong with polygamy, right? You and Chafee would make a solid match, granted. In a similar vein, I am committed to this person (whether he loves me or, I don’t know yet). I love him so much, he is like family. So, I guess my attraction counts as legal and moral grounds for marriage, according to you.

Mr. Speaker, let me be open and honest about my feelings. I know that you (and Rhode Island) are married to structural debt, overwhelming pension obligations, fleeing businesses, high taxes, and a culture of welfare-malaise, but since marriage is the one issue that you are willing to face, and it’s all about love, commitment and family:

Speaker Gordon Fox: will you marry me?

You seem like a committed family man to me. You care so much about yourself and your partner(s), that you prioritized gay marriage ahead of your state, your constituents, and their future. You are so dedicated to the cause, and it sounds to me as if you want to make sure that gay marriage goes all over the nation. In California, they just struck down the Prop 8 initiative to ban gay marriage. Come to San Francisco, and make my dreams come true.

What do you say, Speaker? Will you marry me?


Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper, reach him at [email protected], and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.


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