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“If Gays Marry, People Will Marry Androids. Also, Star Trek Is REAL.”

Robert Broadus addressed a Maryland courtroom to testify against SB 166, which would provide marriage equality for the state’s LGBT citizens. And boy, is it a doozy. We can honestly say that we have never before heard such idiotic drivel spoken before in a court room. He invokes STAR TREK as proof that gay people must not be permitted to wed!

“There is no compromise on this issue. There is no tweaking this bill that will make it acceptable. It is poison. Some other issues were brought up about the science of the issue. If what I was taught is correct, from 7th grade, two individuals from the same species can reproduce. If you’re not in the same species, you cannot reproduce.”

Except that’s not true. Didn’t he read our exposé on Grolar Bears? Dozens of cross-species combinations are possible, and found in both captivity and the wild. Someone needs to watch Napoleon Dynamite again. Hellooooo, Ligers!

“Marriage is based on that idea.” (It’s not, obviously, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation across the world every single day lately.) “This is why, as people have alluded, people don’t intermarry with Not-Humans.

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“Also, if you pass this bill, you will set the groundwork that one day when artificial intelligence is that advanced, we will be considering whether or not people can marry their androids.”

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“If anyone has watched Star Trek, you’ve seen the character Data. He was able – you laugh, but it’s true – he was able to generate a tear because he could feel emotion. If you knock down marriage between a man and woman now, if you say that any two people who love each other can get married, then you set that precedent.”

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And at that point, my brain explodes from the sheer stupidity being verbalized by this man and I pass out. But much like the Nastyass Honey Badger, I eventually come back to consciousness and resume my writing.

Here’s the thing: Yes, America provides the right of free speech to all Americans. But this man is clearly misinformed and ignorant on the subject he’s pleading with the court about. We’re over here fighting for equal rights, and this guy is using his belief that the fictional television program Star Trek IS REAL to denounce gay marriage. The Star Trek-is-truth guy is telling us that we are less than him! Again, his exact words were, “If anyone has watched Star Trek, you’ve seen the character Data, he was able – you laugh, but it’s true – he was able to generate a tear because he could feel emotion.”

Oh. My. God. Honestly, the simplest thing you can do to ensure that marriage equality does in fact become law in Maryland, and every other state, is just go ahead and share this video with your family, friends and loved ones. Post it to Facebook. Tweet the heck out of it.

People, this is their argument against us. “People will marry their tear-producing androids.” This is all they’ve got. Because sanity, rationality, and the truth are on our side. And it’s really getting quite hard for bigots and homophobes to argue with that.

Star Trek…

What do you think of Robert Broadus’ testimony?

  • ummmmm… during the same aspect you are saying that interspecies marrying are wrong… is Deanna Troi wrong? Is Dr. Spock wrong? Is Hermonie Granger wrong, as she is Muggle… What about Blade? Half Human Half Vampire… even Paige from charmed was half witch half whitelighter… and you make them all very sad, cause they wouldn’t exist… all because you shot down gay marriage…

    LOL…

  • ummmmm… during the same aspect you are saying that interspecies marrying are wrong… is Deanna Troi wrong? Is Dr. Spock wrong? Is Hermonie Granger wrong, as she is Muggle… What about Blade? Half Human Half Vampire… even Paige from charmed was half witch half whitelighter… and you make them all very sad, cause they wouldn’t exist… all because you shot down gay marriage…

    LOL…

  • Anonymous

    not too long ago his master would never had let him speak….times change.

  • enjoeyme

    not too long ago his master would never had let him speak….times change.

  • Seriously? That’s the place you want to take this discussion? Really?

  • Anonymous

    it says times change dumb ass. My lover is black & I’m sure not his lover. Lighten up. we’re on the same side.

  • enjoeyme

    it says times change dumb ass. My lover is black & I’m sure not his lover. Lighten up. we’re on the same side.

  • Straight for the name-calling. What a shock. Regardless of which side you’re on, his race has nothing to do with his crazy.

  • No, race has nothing to do with it and that’s the point. Years ago someone of his race would not have been “allowed” to speak at a meeting like this. Just like years from now, gay marriage may be legal/accepted. Enjoeyme was not attacking his race, just making a comparable argument.

  • No, race has nothing to do with it and that’s the point. Years ago someone of his race would not have been “allowed” to speak at a meeting like this. Just like years from now, gay marriage may be legal/accepted. Enjoeyme was not attacking his race, just making a comparable argument.

  • TheBellyBionic

    Seriously? That’s the place you want to take this discussion? Really?

  • Jonathan Long

    OMG, this guy makes me so sad for the future of this country. Gay marriage will lead to humans marrying their android creations in the 24th century…

    Now the Trekkie/Trekker/Geek in me needs to make some points clear:
    1) Data did not have any emotions until the emotion chip was installed in the movie Generations
    2) In the Star Trek universe interspecies and one would hope same-sex relationships were accepted
    3) The concept behind Star Trek is one of a world free form intolerance, war, and suffering. To use Star Trek as a consequence in your slippery slope argument is highly offensive to me.

    As a gay Christian I have to say this:
    This guy and others like him are the reason many utter the words “God save me from your followers”. Might I add my own prayer, God save our country from those who profess to follow your teachings while spreading hate and fear. It seems to me many of today’s religious leaders are like the Pharisees of old, too obsessed with appearing to do God’s work for the recognition and the earthly power as opposed to doing God’s work without expectation of recognition (as Christ commanded) because it is the right thing to do.

  • TheBellyBionic

    Straight for the name-calling. What a shock. Regardless of which side you’re on, his race has nothing to do with his crazy.

  • Jonathan Long

    OMG, this guy makes me so sad for the future of this country. Gay marriage will lead to humans marrying their android creations in the 24th century…

    Now the Trekkie/Trekker/Geek in me needs to make some points clear:
    1) Data did not have any emotions until the emotion chip was installed in the movie Generations
    2) In the Star Trek universe interspecies and one would hope same-sex relationships were accepted
    3) The concept behind Star Trek is one of a world free form intolerance, war, and suffering. To use Star Trek as a consequence in your slippery slope argument is highly offensive to me.

    As a gay Christian I have to say this:
    This guy and others like him are the reason many utter the words “God save me from your followers”. Might I add my own prayer, God save our country from those who profess to follow your teachings while spreading hate and fear. It seems to me many of today’s religious leaders are like the Pharisees of old, too obsessed with appearing to do God’s work for the recognition and the earthly power as opposed to doing God’s work without expectation of recognition (as Christ commanded) because it is the right thing to do.

  • You are apparently missing the point. The point is, he has suffered inequality in the past for his race, and now he’s rather ignorantly doing the same to gays. Times have changed for blacks and they will for gays too.

  • …………………..

  • The invokes the question “Should people with low IQ’s be able to reproduce?”

  • The invokes the question “Should people with low IQ’s be able to reproduce?”

  • I think it’s ridiculous for him to be invoking the character of Data as a reason not to allow gay marriage.

    However, I think it’s ridiculous not because the premise is inherently laughable. Rather, I think thaf technology was advanced enough that we could build androids that satisfied the legal requirement of being a person, then there would be no good reason not to let them marry humans. If marriage is between two consenting adults, and we have synthetic adults walking around, then this congressman is absolutely right: such a definition of marriage would lead to human-android marriages.

    What I find ridiculous is that he thinks this is inherently a bad thing.

  • Hey guys, where’s the clip?

  • Anonymous

    So, can we add the Emotion Chip to this guy and he will stop going to court to testify?

  • Proud MD resident here.
    Wow, this is pretty fucked up. To think that people could really be THAT stupid… ugh it hurts my brain. :/ This is why I personally stick with the typical “when do I get to vote for your [heterosexual] marriage?” and the like… because, like the Facebook group that I love so much says, “Arguing with Republicans is a Waste of Time.”

    I realllllllllly hope it passes here in MD. If so, we’ll be the sixth state to recognize and allow same-sex marriage! 🙂 (I think? lol) Of course, IMHO it’s sad that this even needs to be debated but…victories are victories nonetheless!

  • Also, it should be noted that the Scarlet Witch and Vision (the mutant and Android making out above) have a gay son. The horror! 🙂

  • Duckdodjer

    I knew Star Trek was real, load the Photon Torpedos and fire at will at the ignorant ones, besides, Data is mine. Jean Luc Picard Engage