WA State Senator Dan Swecker’s Weak Talking Points on Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Washington State

Dan Swecker

Washington State Senator Dan Swecker contributed a guest opinion in today’s Seattle Times concerning efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in this state. Swecker, a Republican from Thurston County (south of Seattle), has been opposing equal rights for GLBT persons since 1995 and is still peddling arguments whose shelf life has long since expired. His talking points on the current legalization effort are as stale as last week’s bread.

He claims the legislature has more pressing issues to consider. This is a transparent political tactic that will persuade no one. My bet is that he has made this claim every time GLBT rights have been considered by the legislature since 1995.

He worries that “altering the definition of marriage will lead to the silencing of those who believe in traditional marriage.” Since 2000, ten countries have legalized same-sex marriage, and there are no reports of such silencing from any of them. GLBT persons are not interested in undermining straight marriages.

He worries about children’s upbringing but is apparently unaware that lesbians couples were given the highest rating for child-rearing in a ten-year longitudinal study reported in the journal Pediatrics in June 2010. These couples’ 17-year-old children were rated “significantly higher” in social and academic competence and “significantly lower” in problem behavior than their counterparts in a standard normative sample of American youth. By Senator Swecker’s logic, straight couples should now be disqualified from marrying.

Senator Swecker’s alarm tactics about censorship and child-rearing won’t wash with the mostly intelligent and informed public who read the Seattle Times.

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One Response to “WA State Senator Dan Swecker’s Weak Talking Points on Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Washington State”

  1. Leslie Says:

    I’d say it’s time for a bill to forbid straights from marrying–or parenting–but the legislature has more pressing issues to consider.

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