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Posted by on Sep 21, 2009 in Society | 24 comments

All Pornography Makes You Gay

This is all over the blogosphere today.

It’s ridiculous on it’s face. Do we agree?

The speaker is Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) chief of staff Michael Schwartz. His topic is “the new masculinity” in a breakout session at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday.

Andrew Sullivan says, “His interlocutor is Pat Fagan, of Heritage, who once described using contraception as turning heterosexual sex gay.”

Our own Michael Stickings calls Schwartz The Craziest Conservative of the Day.

Steve Benen observes that in 2005 Schwartz “rejected the idea that the Supreme Court can deem unconstitutional laws passed by Congress. In other words, he’s against judicial review.”

For the record, I hate porn, too. But I think it victimizes all of us. Most especially the men and women who appear in it.

LATER — Nate Silver’s take on Huckabee’s win in the Value Voters’ summit straw poll:

[T]he actual attendees at the forum — religious conservative activists from around the country — just don’t seem to be all that riled up about the prospect of two men getting married… Public opinion is moving toward acceptance of gay marriage. But it is doing so very slowly, at a rate of perhaps a point or two per year, and has at least a few years to go before it is the majority opinion. In the near term, the more relevant dimension may be ‘passion’, or depth of feeling. It used to be that the conservatives were ahead on passion — they were strongly opposed to gay marriage, whereas liberals were, at best, lukewarmly in favor of it. Increasingly, that dynamic seems to be reversing.

And while we’re talking same sex marriage, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law 13 years ago today.