Evidently, somewhere along the way, opposition to gay marriage became the same thing as homophobia — at least according to the Associated Press. Here’s a recent AP headline:

AP "anti-gay" headline

This past Saturday night, Sen. Rubio spoke at a fundraising dinner for the Florida Family Policy Council, a group that opposes gay marriage. But apparently that story just wasn’t spicy enough for AP writer Brendan Farrington, who felt compelled to suggest that same-sex marriage opponents are “anti-gay.” Because if you aren’t in favor of same-sex marriage, clearly you’re a vicious homophobe.

You know, we don’t recall the AP pronouncing a pre-evolved President Obama anti-gay:

Funny, that.

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Update:

Some things for the AP to keep in mind:

  • Clayton Grant

    There goes Alinsky Press changing style words again.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Really AP? Was President Jackass “anti-gay” prior to his endorsement of gay marriage? Hypocrites.

  • pinupartist

    And being against terrorism is islamophobic.

    And being against Stompy is racist.

    And being against Shrillary is misogynistic.

    And on & on, because they know the low information voters just want to be liked.

    I’ve always said the “A” in “AP” stands for a certain sphincter muscle…

    • RblDiver

      Well, it IS the first three letters of their own particular A word :)

    • DeadlockVictim

      So what’s the P for?

      • Scorpion

        Pickers?

  • ObamaFail

    That last tweet has it right. Alec Baldwin is a full-blown gay basher and the first time he got rewarded with a show on MSDNC for it. So since the AP isn’t exactly calling for Baldwin’s head, I think it’s time they drop the act and stop pretending to care about gay people. Because it’s only because it’s Rubio that they are making a big deal. If it were Feinstein, Reid, Pelosi, or any other Democrat speaking out against gay marriage the AP would be praising the Dems for “Fighting for the Moral Fiber of America!!!!”

  • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

    Stupid. As a gay dude who supports SSM at the state level, I’ve never once thought anyone who was against it was “anti gay”. The only anti gay people are the ones that say actual, you know, bigoted things. Kinda like “cocksucking fag” or “toxic little queen”. Not that I have anyone specific in mind, or anything…

    • ObamaFail

      Personally I’m okay with gay marriage. The only thing that sickens me about gay marriage is politicians using the topic as a stepping stone to win elections.

      • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

        I don’t think it government’s responsibility to even legally endorse anybody’s union. Make it a private matter of the couple gay or straight. But politicians and support groups of both sides love to wedge this issue around to empower government in our lives.

        • schveiguy

          Exactly. I’m against marriage being a thing the government does at all. All it is is a contract between two people.

          Make it just that, and leave marriage to be defined by whoever wants to define it.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      Those people get shows on MSNBC.

    • arttie

      Going back to the Bible and rendering unto Caesar and unto God verses Let the state allow civil unions between individuals. The state is only interested in taxes and legalese BS. If the couple wants a religious ceremony, find a denomination/clergy person that has no issues with the couple. Why should my minister be made an agent of the state by signing a license? This is true separation of church and state.

    • $29561723

      I know, it’s so idiotic. Progressive journos cast that “racist/homophobe/misogynist” net as wide as possible. In the near future, I see Progressives labelling procreation an inherently homophobic act.

    • JamesMc

      Have nothing against gay marriage. I do, however, despise the creation of yet another protected class based around one’s preferences. What two consenting adults do with their naughty bits is their own business. Creating an identity group centered around such preferences for the purpose of imposing acceptance on others by government fiat is wrong.

      • Richo

        LOL, yeah ok and how many years did it take for conservatives like you to even come around to a position like that? The whole reason that there is all this talk and creation of, as you so kindly put it a “protected class” is for decades you and your ilk have done everything you can do deny basic rights to gay citizens such that they need protection from you, right up to and including a bunch of ballot measures to deny any basic form of civil union in many states. Or do you think even trying to repeal these ballot measures also involves creating a “protected class” when it was the lot of you that caused this stink to begin with.

        • JamesMc

          Protection from ME? Really. Those poor dears. They need the whole U.S. government to protect them from… what perfidies was I up to again?

          • Luke James

            No not just you , but all the many millions who like you only look at what gays do in private (there sex life) as opposed to who and what they are..

          • VerminMcCann

            No one here gives a shit what you do in private. The issue being disused is marriage, which is a public institution.

    • Richo

      Yeah, how innocent and convenient to merely frame it as an organization that believes in “traditional marriage” rather than one whose spokespeople regularly make statements equating homosexuality with pedophilia. Don’t any of you bother actually reading anything about the organizations you defend instead of just swallowing whatever is fed you that the only thing these organizations do is express in a civil fashion their opposition to same sex marriage?

      Here you go, to save you the trouble all verbatim quotes, often with audio or video from the Florida Family Policy Council. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/florida-family-policy-council

      • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

        Taking quotes from one group and applying it to everyone who’s on the same side of an issue as that group? Yep, you’re definitely a liberal.

        People are individuals, not a hive mind that all think the exact same way as everyone else in whatever group you want to box them into. If people want to equate homosexuality with pedophilia, then they’re ignorant and/or bigoted. Same goes for any specific group who thinks that way. But I refuse to make snap judgments and assume everyone on the opposite side of an issue from me automatically shares the worst opinions of other people on that side. I’ll leave that to MSNBC and the rest of the left.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Quotes from that one group do however indicate that the AP was being accurate in calling them anti gay. Which is what the article is about.

  • ObamaFail

    DOMA put in place by Clinton. Obama against gay marriage until his popularity started to drop in 2012 because of the economy. So since he had an election to win, he flip-flopped on his stance and decided he had “evolved” and was now pro-gay marriage.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      I have evolved to the point I’m now ‘pro-eviction’ of this poisonous little turd.

  • bicentennialguy

    Ah, but all proponents of the latest lib cause du jour are trained to believe that any opposition to their premise is de facto hate. That is exactly how children behave. I suggest we treat them as such.

    • ObamaFail

      IF the Republicans were fighting tooth and nail for equal marriage rights for gay people, the Democrats would be fighting against it just so they can appear to be a united front. Frankly the Dems are only suddenly pro-gay marriage because they want to win over the gay vote, because they know they can use the MSM to convince people that the GOP hate gay people.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Oh yes, what about Alec Baldwin!? Doesn’t he fit the definition of homophobia??? (crickets chirping)

    • ObamaFail

      Baldwin doesn’t hate gay people, he just “misspoke” when he yelled those derogatory remarks at that photographer. – liberal logic

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Doesn’t this also make Clinton anti-gay since he signed DOMA? Doesn’t that make most members of Congress homophobic since they voted to pass it?

  • Jack Deth

    A.P.?…. All Purpose Flour?

    Lily white, no backbone and achingly bland as Hell.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      I make a noteworthy beer bread with AP. Just sayin:)

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Nice!

  • WisconsinPatriot

    “Procrustean shame-baiting” WAH! That is awesome.

  • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

    As important as this issue is…yawn…there’s this ACA thing destroying the country as a WHOLE and a corrupt and lying administration turning this country into an empty husk of what it once was. Might be a little more important…just sayin’.

  • WhoDat

    Homophobia is a ridiculous word. Phobia means scared. You’re not scared, you’re just an ass.

    • Pac Bob

      Technically, it means a fear that is irrational, at least when the word is used in a psychological sense. A healthy level of fear of disease, death, wild animals, dangerous-looking people, etc. keeps us safe and is good for us so it does not need to be addressed. It is when said fears become disproportionately large (like worrying about a shark attack when one lives in the desert) or about things that do not merit fear (such as clouds, infinity, justice, etc.) that a fear crosses the line from common sense to phobia.

      However, I might point out that phobia can mean more than irrational fear. For example, hydrophobic substances are incapable of perception (and thus fear) but it is applied to that which actively repels water and thus is unable to get wet. To be fair, I’m not sure if there are any other types of phobic substances but I do believe that it is fair to say that there is more than one way to use the word phobia, rather than simply in a clinical sense. Just as the question “What’s up?” does not ask the speaker what is above them, depending upon context the word “phobia” may not be addressing an irrational fear but what one perceives to be a inappropriate level of disdain (and with all subjective ideals, what constitutes an appropriate level of disdain depends upon the speaker.) So yes, it may not be an appropriate usage of the word according to the listener, but it may also be a valid usage of the word according to the speaker, depending on the values of the two people.

      Or perhaps I’m just over-thinking things again.

    • LegalizeShemp

      Really? So having religious or moral objections to homosexuality makes one an “ass”? We’re glad you’re running on that ticket, that’s a loser every time.

      • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Using God to intentionally discriminate and keep His creation from having equal rights under the law? Yeah, that makes a person an ass.

        • Guest

          Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Isaiah, Job, Proverbs, Sirach, Matthew, Luke, Ephesians, Romans, Galatians, James, 2 Peter and Revelation make you one.

        • VerminMcCann

          Marriage, by definition, creates inequity under the law, because it distinguishes between married and unmarried people. Good post though–the internet was due for a most asinine strawman ever posted.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Do you even know what a “strawman” is? ‘Cause your whole post right there, total strawman.

          • VerminMcCann

            Oh yeah? How so?

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Now see, if you actually knew what the word meant, you wouldn’t need it explained to you. 😀

          • VerminMcCann

            You’re supposed to post things that have some connection to reality. For example, you should only post about needing to explain something to someone when they’ve actually indicated that they don’t understand it.

    • VerminMcCann

      So do you support government endorsement of every conceivable definition of marriage, or are you too an ass?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    So, is Obama anti-gay since Dick Cheney is still further to the left of him on the issue?

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Liz Cheney, whose sister Mary is gay, is running for the U.S. Senate, and has taken an official position on the subject of same sex marriage. The following quote is noteworthy IMO because of her sister’s response:

    ‘She [Liz Cheney] was adamant that her position – that marriage was a state-level issue and that she opposed allowing same-sex unions in her adopted home state – was for keeps. “I love Mary very much, I love her family very much, but this is just an issue on which we disagree,” she said. Mary Cheney criticized her sister on Facebook saying, “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.’ – Fox News

  • Ryan Johnson

    I believe mainstream media purposefully drills homosexuality in it of itself as a gay person’s identity-that is, not separating active homosexuality from the person his/herself. It’s to keep pushing the victim mentality towards them. There’s a vast difference between being against an act and being against people.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Liberalism doesn’t function with out the victim mentality.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Yes, the Newspeak of “homophobia” is now used for anyone who has legitimate religious or moral objections to homosexuality or their agenda.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Legitimate”? Yeah, that’s questionable, which is kind of the point. Whether denying people equal rights under the law is “legitimate” regardless of excuse or justification.

      Either God is Love and created all people in His image, or he didn’t and made a mistake, which means God is imperfect and fallible, therefore does not deserve such worship.

      What consenting adults do on their own time is absolutely NO ONE’S business, especially the government’s.

      • Guest

        When so many people are being harassed, threatened, prosecuted, their businesses ruined, their property vandalized, their children accosted, indoctrinated and molested, deadly diseases spread and the whole of society subjected to such filth it’s everybody’s business. There are enough problems to solve without being burdened by the lewdness and destructive antics of deranged sex perverts who comprise only a tiny minority. It’s time for you to grow up.

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Wow. Good luck with your life. I mean that.

          • Guest

            No you don’t.

      • NCRelite

        Supporting the traditional definition of marriage, an institution thousands of years old, over redefining what marriage means doesn’t inherently imply that a person is anti-gay. Got it?

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Never said it did, got it?

          • VerminMcCann

            Come on, I know declaring victory then running away is a liberal favorite, but it would be so much more fun if you actually tried to write an argument.

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Oh, BTW, the “definition” of marriage has been changed many, many times over those thousands of years. Unless you’re still endorsing women as chattel with no rights to their own children or the ability to own property without their husband’s permission–something that was still happening less than 40-years ago. ‘Cause, you know, “tradition”.

          • VerminMcCann

            Oh good. You’ve topped your last really stupid strawman.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Was “strawman” on your Word of the Day calendar today? Someone is really steering you wrong with definitions.

          • VerminMcCann

            Meh.

          • VerminMcCann

            Seriously, go ahead. Explain how my post was a strawman. I’ll wait.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            To quote you, “You’re supposed to post things that have some connection to reality. For example, you should only post about needing to explain something to someone when they’ve actually indicated that they don’t understand it.”

            So are you indicating that you don’t understand it and need it explained?

            Just want it all to be clear.

          • VerminMcCann

            No. Again, LEARN TO READ.

      • VerminMcCann

        I see, it’s not the government’s business, which is why the government should be obligated to sponsor it, regardless of what the people think.

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Oh, what the people think. Okay. Well, the majority of the people support gay marriage, so your objection is moot.

          • VerminMcCann

            No, no it’s not. You can’t just string words together and claim to have written an argument.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            See, I’m not arguing. The majority of the people support gay marriage. So it’s not “regardless” of what the people think. You can either choose to get on the right side of history or be a dinosaur. Your objection isn’t going to change the tide.

          • VerminMcCann

            Goodness, at least have the decency to be ashamed of your fascism.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Wait, so now I’m a fascist? Seriously, invest in a dictionary. You said “what the people think”. I was agreeing with you. Gay marriage is what the people think should be legal.

            Stop using words you don’t know the meaning of. Oh, and stop with the name-calling, I would hope you consider yourself above that sort of behavior.

          • VerminMcCann

            I didn’t call you any names. You can snark when you’ve learned to read.

          • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            And you can partake in an adult, rational conversation when you invest in a dictionary.

            Congrats, you win at the internets! Take care.

          • VerminMcCann

            Are you on drugs?

          • VerminMcCann

            I’m going to assume you’re indigent and write this off as pro bono time. A strawman is when you mischaracterize an adversary’s argument for the purpose of responding to the mischaracterization rather than addressing the actual argument. So, when you claimed that people are “using God to intentionally discriminate and keep His creation from having equal rights under the law,” when no one is arguing in favor of anything of the sort, that was a strawman. Conversely, the post you claimed contained a strawman contained no characterization of your argument at all and was, therefore, not a strawman. Neat, huh?

          • Guest

            The majority of people do not support such travesties. And even if they did, you cannot allege the example of the many as an excuse for doing wrong. If all your friends jumped off a bridge…now there’s an idea! And if I had time I might like to hear just what you think you mean by the ‘right side of history’, just for laughs, you know? But of course it would all be nonsense since throughout history there has never been any such thing as a same-sex marriage, and homosexuals have always been viewed as disturbed and depraved. So if you really want to be on the ‘right side of history’ then you’ll be giving up your perverted lifestyle, apologize to God and for offending the whole wide world, and join the majority? That’d be swell, but I won’t hold my breath, obviously.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          I take it then that you’re trying to stop the government from supporting straight marriages, too then.

          • VerminMcCann

            You’re incredibly bad at thinking.

          • VerminMcCann

            Seriously, I’d love to see the “reasoning” that led to your conclusion.

      • Brenda Hellwig

        So what, are you saying child molesters/murderers/ rapist et al. are to have equal rights under the law to pursue their lifestyle? God made man in his image but gave each one of us free will to make our own choices much like parents raise children and release them into the world with no guarantee that they will be moral, upstanding citizens.

  • Guest

    There is no such thing as homophobia or same-sex marriage.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Hahahaha.

  • Michael Rice

    It seems over the last year or so a lot of homosexuals are arguing exactly what that guy above said.
    I think they, like some blacks and other minorities, are figuring out the mainstream liberals are causing them more harm than good.

  • http://xirtamatrix.com yourmamatoo

    One has just as much right to be against it, as one does for it.
    Left wing propaganda should simply be ignored.
    They are losing the battle . Obamacare , just one in a long line of others.
    A deflection. Thst is what the AP is all about.