"Certainly there are board-certified doctors in our state who will attest to what seems self-evident to so many: gay sex is not good for the body or mind," he wrote. "Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down. Frankly, I’d question the judgment of doctor who says it’s all fine."
Of course by "gay sex" he means anal-sex, since evidently that's the only kind of sex two gay people can possibly have. Plus, like most homophobes who adopt this argument, he conveniently ignores the fact that heterosexuals also partake of the "icky-icky butt-sex". (Oh, wait, I forgot. It's only "icky" when gays do it.) The irony is that his entire rant was invoked by the same-sex marriage...of two WOMEN.
Hickey told TPM on Wednesday he was driven to write the letter after Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz, a lesbian couple from Rapid City, S.D., announced their intention to become the first state residents to challenge its gay marriage ban. The couple was married on Saturday in Minnesota in a wedding that was officiated by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, setting the stage for South Dakota to become the 29th with a marriage equality court case.
So does what two women do count as "Gay sex", or fantasy for horny straight guys? Confusing, isn't it.
Per the Conservative Right-wing Asininely Zealous Yo-yos Association (C.R.A.Z.Y.-ASS for short) Hickey's screed contains the requisite amount of self-pitying , self-victimizing, us vs. them B.S. designed to work his fellow homophobes into a frenzy of near self-immolating over their "freedom of speech", claiming that physicians whom he fully believes are with him on this are being "silenced" by us Godless homosexuals, the media, the President, and society in general. Because, after all, doesn't everyone think the icky-icky butt-sex is just nasty?
From the TPM interview...
"...I do believe, and I’ve heard enough medical people talking about the intimidation factor and silencing that’s going on. And you just don’t talk about it. You know, you practice medicine and it’s an issue of politicized medicine and junk science and agenda-driven studies. When the average person can just, you know, what’s self-evident is that [anal sex] isn’t good."
Seriously, though. I'd be interested in knowing exactly what "studies", junk, media-driven or otherwise, have ever been done regarding the effects of the anal-sex on the body or mind. Frankly, in my opinion, the only "studies" going on in this area are pseudo-Christian homophobes like Hickey sitting in a room (or booth) watching Gay Porn and contemplating fantasies involving robes, altars, and lots and lots of oil and leather.
From his letter...
"I'm asking the doctors who practice in our state, is the science really settled on this issue or is it more the case that you feel silenced and intimidated?"
Um, no dude. Sorry, but the science IS pretty much settled on this issue. In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, followed in 1975 by the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, and finally in 1990 by the World Health Organization. Reparative, or "ex-Gay" therapy as it's sometimes called, has been condemned by just about any psychiatrist who doesn't use leeches or bore holes in their patients heads to drain out the evil spirits. Even "Exodus International", the most infamous practitioners of the "pray the Gay away" therapy has gotten out of the business of converting Gays after they realized that most of the Gays they've "converted" have ended up either committing suicide, or getting right back into the lifestyle. Sounds pretty settled to me, don't you think?
Honestly, I have to say I love when people like Hickey, Pat Robertson, the Duck Dynasty fake rednecks, or the inbreeds of the Westboro Baptist Church go on these little anti-Gay tirades, blaming us "Godless homos" for the destruction of their marriages, the ruination of America, and every tornado that hits a trailer park. Basically, these folks do more FOR LGBT rights and marriage equality that all of the Pride marches, protests, and boycotts ever could. The more they open their mouths, the more the sane portion of the country realizes just how stupid their arguments sound. And the truth is, they really don't have an argument. Just blind hatred that they try to justify with biblical dogma, pseudo-science, and their own rationalizations that they seem to make up out of whole-cloth as they go along. This is why we're seeing bans on same-sex marriage fall across the country. And they'll continue to fall so long as they have ass-hats like Hickey advocating for them.
Keep up the good work. The LGBT community thanks you.