Inspired by the recent flood of donations to Planned Parenthood in honor of Sarah Palin, I'd like to call on rational human beings who believe in consenting adults' right to marry regardless of their gender to donate to the Human Rights Campaign in honor of Orson Scott Card. Hang on, I'll explain ...
It turns out that the fella who wrote Ender's Game—one of my favorite books in my early teen years—is quite a bigot. Like, a really really crazy bigot.
Here's what OSC thinks about legalizing marriage for all Americans.
"Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. Only when the marriage of heterosexuals has the support of the whole society can we have our best hope of raising each new generation to aspire to continue our civilization...
In the first place, no law in any state in the United States now or ever has forbidden homosexuals to marry. Any homosexual man who can persuade a woman to take him as her husband can avail himself of all the rights of husbandhood under the law. Ditto with lesbian women. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.
However emotionally bonded a pair of homosexual lovers may feel themselves to be, what they are doing is not marriage. they are not turning their relationship into what my wife and I have created, because no court has the power to change what their relationship actually is. They steal from me what I treasure most, and gain for themselves nothing at all. They won't be married. They'll just be playing dress-up in their parents' clothes.
Homosexual 'marriage' won't accomplish what they hope. They will still be just as far outside the reproductive cycle of life. And they will have inflicted real damage on those of us who are inside it. they will make it harder for us to raise children with any confidence that they, in turn, will take their place in the reproductive cycle."
So, join me in stickin' it to Mr. Card. Go to https://secure.ga3.org/03/inhonorof1 to make as generous a donation as you can afford and show your support for equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Under "Send acknowledgements to", be sure to include the following name and address to be sure ol' Orson knows you made the donation:
Orson Scott Card
P.O. Box 18184
Greensboro, NC 27419