Saturday, February 16, 2013
"To those who preach that same sex marriage harms heterosexual marriage, please produce:
"Proof that one, just one heterosexual marriage was terminated because gay people can get married, or that one wife told her husband she was leaving him because gay marriage rendered their marriage meaningless. Or:
"Proof that one engaged couple called their parents and said that since gays can marry there's no point for straights to marry any more, therefore they are canceling the wedding and just going to continue to live together.
"Hasn't happened! Heterosexuals have a strong track record of destroying marriage -- close to 50% of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce, and that statistic began BEFORE gay marriage ever existed. Wake up -- my husband and I are not the enemy. We believe in marriage. We believe in OUR marriage -- that's why we got married, not to destroy yours. Please use some common sense."
The column, titled, To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal’, written by Suzanne Venker, discussed a “new way” of thinking about gender, which was being preached by “feminists”, causing men and women to have “no idea who’s supposed to do what”.
Ms Venker wrote: “Being equal in worth, or value, is not the same as being identical, interchangeable beings. Men and women may be capable of doing many of the same things, but that doesn’t mean they want to. That we don’t have more female CEOs or stay-at-home dads proves this in spades.”
She effectively goes on to blame women for a “battle of the sexes”.
The image in question was of an Alaskan lesbian couple, Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, who got married at the top of the Empire State Building in 2012.
Fox News has since replaced the picture of the couple with a stock image of male and female symbols.
Suzanne Venker was the niece of conservative anti-gay leader, Phyllis Schlafly, who has spoken out against equal marriage in the past.