Credit where it’s due

I hadn’t heard of Amy Koch until this morning.  Ms. Koch is, apparently, one of Minnesota’s state senators — the Senate Majority Leader, in fact, until she resigned on December 15th.  (More on that later.)

Like most of the Republican contingent in Minnesota’s state senate, Koch has been very concerned about — and vociferously active in support of — the sanctity of traditional heterosexual marriage.  Since 2009, in fact, she’s been working on a bill to codify “marriage” as a purely heterosexual institution.  (The issue will finally come up on next year’s ballot.)

You might think that this is simply mean-spirited out-group prejudice — the sort of thing I wrote about yesterday; after all, the Minnesota state senate has no profits to put ahead of people — but consider the possibility that it was instead merely self-defence.  After all, Amy Koch is well-acquainted with the fragility of a traditional heterosexual marriage: While she was working to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to marry, she was betraying her own marriage vows with a senate staffer.

If she hadn’t been kept at the office, working feverishly to prevent people with nonzero Kinsey scores from marrying the ones they love, she could have been at home, cooking and bearing children for her husband.  Instead, she was alternately moralizing about the sanctity of Biblical marriage — and intending to enforce the same at gunpoint — and boffing the staff.  Obviously this is all Gay Marriage’s fault.

In response, “the gay and lesbian community of Minnesota” (rather: John Medeiros, on their behalf) has issued a letter of apology:

Excerpted (you should read the whole thing):

We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.  And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.

It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of “adultery.”


And finally, shame on us for thinking that marriage is a private affair, and that our marriage would have little impact on anyone’s family.  We now see that marriage is more than that.  It is an agreement with society.  We should listen to the Minnesota Family Council when it tells us that marriage is about being public, which explains why marriages are public ceremonies.  Never did we realize that it is exactly because of this societal agreement that the entire world is looking at you in shame and disappointment instead of minding its own business.

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, Ms. Koch.


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