With thanks to AMERICAblog. First, some quotes from Alan Keyes, Republican senatorial candidate from Illinois, interviewed by Michelangelo Signorile:
I think that the party’s position is the correct one. We have to stand in defense of the traditional marriage institution in order to preserve its basis in procreation and make sure that we retain an understanding of family life that is rooted in the tradition of procreation, of child bearing and child rearing now in the essence of family life....Which leads to the following exchange:
[T]he point of the matter is that marriage as an institution involves procreation. It is in principle impossible for homosexuals to procreate, therefore they cannot marry. It is a simple logical syllogism and one can wish all one might, but pigs don’t fly and we can’t change the course of nature....
Homosexuals are essentially incapable of procreation. They cannot mate. They are not made to do so. Therefore the idea of marriage for two such individuals is an absurdity.
Keyes: If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it is possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism. This is unacceptable.Later on the blog, there is a link to a GOP Press Release. It begins, "Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Cheney will share their Madison Square Garden box with a number of special guests during tonight's session of the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention will tonight focus on the compassion of the American people ..." What follows is a list of the Veep's guests in his box. There's football coach Jerry Glanville and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Coors, Miss America 2003, Rudy Giuliani, Mary Matalin, Mrs. Cheney's brothers, the Veep's sister, the Cheney's daughter and son-in-law, three of their granddaughters, and many more.
Signorile: So Mary Cheney is a selfish hedonist, is that it?
K: Of course she is. That goes by definition. Of course she is.... A homosexual engages in the exchange of mutual pleasure. I actually object to the notion that we call it sexual relations because it is nothing of the kind.
S: What is it?
K: It is the mutual pursuit of pleasure through the stimulation of the organs intended for procreation, but it has nothing to do with sexuality because they are of the same sex. And with respect to them, the sexual difference does not exist there, and therefore are not having sexual relations.
Not in the box: Mary Cheney.