Orson Scott Card Pens Editorial Supporting Controversial "Pro-Marriage" Amendment
Orson Scott Card, author of the critically acclaimed science fiction novels Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender’s Shadow, and several others, is no stranger to controversy. A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Card is an outspoken member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and has expressed views in a Greensboro Rhinoceros Times editorial column that have been less than popular with great chunks of his fan base. As far back as 1990, the author has been openly critical of homosexuality and the gay rights movement, arguing then that laws banning homosexual behavior should remain on the books. In 2004, he spoke up against gay rights once more, writing, in an essay entitled Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization, that:
The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.
Last Thursday, Card once again jumped into the fray of sexual politics, and penned a new column, What Right is Really at Stake?, a direct response to opponents of North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One, which would legally ban gay marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the state (votes are being cast today). In the writing, Card attacks the left for what he sees as a war on traditional family values, and characterizes gay rights as not only unnecessary, but actively harmful towards children and society at large:
There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each others insurance…once [the left] legalizes gay marriages, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.
Card goes on to dismiss the commonly accepted opinion that homosexuality is an inborn, possibly genetic trait as junk science with no basis in reality. He concludes with the following assertion:
[The amendment] is a vote for freedom of religion—the only right that is in serious danger in America today.
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