Along with a lot of people who can now enter into legal marriage with the one they love (and with whom they have mutual, adult, sexual attraction) I was happy with Iowa's decision to legalize gay marriage. I see no reason not to make it LEGAL for adults to establish their commitment to one another.
I have, like so many other people who will write about this, heard most of the arguments that claim "logic," and then proceed to compare male-male or female-female partnerships to animals (dogs, goats, etc.) or reptiles (box turtles). What was new was this one: a house plant. “Marriage, of course, by its very spiritual, historical and biological nature, requires binary compatibility. It is no more discriminatory to disallow two men from marrying each other, than it is to prohibit a man from marrying his house plant.” quote from Matt Barber, who has several titles associated with Liberty University. (hat tip to Jim over at Box Turtle Bulletin)
In reality, does Matt Barber see a two-way, adult relationship as that simplistic? From what I know, most plants that I grow are pretty innocuous, they wait to be watered and fertilized, sit in the appropriate window to receive sunlight and I expect them to give off some oxygen and look pretty. Kind of like this one...
Even if the bigots and sociophobes disagree with gay marriage rights, surely they can just be honest and declare that their literal adherence to the Holy Bible holds all their reasoning. It seems that these people will say almost anything that they presume to be logical, when in reality they want us to have a theocracy, which the United States of America is NOT.
Comparing two gay adults who wish the right to marry to non-human, inanimate objects is just disrespectful to those adults AND to the ones who make the statements.