Rep. Franks: Gay Marriage Threatens The Nation's Survival

October 28, 2011 2:59 pm ET — Kate Conway

As anti-gay hardliners find themselves swimming upstream against rapidly changing public opinion, they're continually reaching for more extreme justifications for their bigotry. Right Wing Watch catches Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) proffering an absurd twist on the classic anti-gay claim that gay parenting is harmful for children's wellbeing: Allowing same-sex couples to marry "literally is a threat to the nation's survival."

FRANKS: We understand that when we're granting the rights of marriage, that that's a special right Tony, that's something we have suggested is clearly the best possible way to see children raised through the best possible environment to launch the next generation, and we believe that with all of our hearts as a society, I think most people understand that. So we've set aside this special area of the law that says we're going to respect traditional marriage of a man and a woman because that is the launching pad of the next generation. Let's face it; we have made a special exception in the law that gives special consideration and recognition to that.

And when people would come along and blur that distinction and say 'well that should apply in every way' it not only is a complete undermining of the principles of family and marriage and the hope of future generations but it completely begins to see our society break down to the extent that that foundational unit of the family that is the hope of survival of this country is diminished to the extent that it literally is a threat to the nation's survival in the long run.


Franks isn't the first to predict doom and destruction will result from granting equal rights to LGBT people. During the debate over repealing the military's now-defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that "when militaries throughout history of the greatest nations in the world have adopted the policy that [it's] fine for homosexuality to be overt ... they are toward the end of their existence as a great nation." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once told GQ that "there's never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived."

Perhaps conservatives' terror has blinded them to nations like the Netherlands, where gay marriage was legalized over a decade ago against the protestations of an anti-gay contingent making the same apocalyptic predictions, and which hasn't yet imploded.