So says the BBC:
The Spanish government has approved a draft law which will legalise homosexual marriages.
The bill gives same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.
The Roman Catholic Church and conservative opposition have fiercely opposed the move, which opinion polls suggest has the public’s support.
If the bill is approved by parliament, it will make Spain the third EU country to authorise gay marriages.
And naturally, the opposition is making the same absurd argument they always make:
After the vote, the Spanish Bishops’ Conference issued a statement saying the cabinet’s decision was “wrong and unjust”.
“A married couple, producing and educating their children, contributes in an irreplaceable way to the growth and stability of society,” the bishops said, adding that a homosexual couple “could never have such characteristics”.
I agree with the Bishops, marriage producing children is an irreplaceable component of a stable society. But the argument is still missing that internal link: since gay marriage doesn’t decrease the number of straight marriages and doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with whether straight couples marry and produce children, this obviously true statement is utterly irrelevant to the question of gay marriage.
Naturally, if Spain goes through with this, all hell will break loose and people will stop marrying each other, leave their kids to fend for themselves, not care about each other anymore, and…well, what? Oh, and they’ll start marrying their dogs and cats. And when those things don’t happen, as they haven’t happened anywhere else that gay marriage has been legalized, all of those bad arguments against gay marriage will be proven wrong. Think they’ll stop making them then? Not on your life. Reality has nothing to do with it and there’s no reason to let empirical evidence get in the way of a perfectly good fantasy.