A 14 year-old girl testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of traditional marriage. The pro-gay marriage left, being all about love, respect, diversity, and acceptance, responded with compassion and provided well-reasoned and objective retort. Oh wait, that’s not what happened at all. They immediately stooped to the level of hateful and violent diatribes, fantasizing about killing a minor and sterilizing her parents:
“And now everyone knows her name, so hopefully she will feel what its like to be harassed and bullied…” reads a comment posted on LGBTQNation.com
From YouTube: “My god I hate people like this. Most (not all) Americans are [expletive] retards. If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise.”
Other entries: “Her parents should be exterminated.”
“The [sic] is why abortion must stay legal – to prevent little bigots like this from being Born…”
“Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”
“Her belief is hurting other people. I will attack her as much as I please.”
“Parents like hers should be sterilized…”
“I’m gonna kill ‘er!”
Regardless of where you stand on the marriage issue these kinds of responses must be denounced by society at-large. They do nothing but obstruct actual dialogue and the exchange of ideas like this girl’s testimony. So, what were her statements that resulted in such violent reactions?
“Hi, I’m Sarah Crank. Today’s my 14th birthday, and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote ‘no’ on gay marriage. I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don’t want more kids to get confused about what’s right and okay. I really don’t want to grow up in a world where marriage isn’t such a special thing anymore.
“It’s rather scary to think that when I grow up the legislature or the court can change the definition of any word they want. If they could change the definition of marriage then they could change the definition of any word. People have the choice to be gay, but I don’t want to be affected by their choice. People say that they were born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change. So please vote ‘no’ on gay marriage. Thank you.” (January 31, 2012)
Many people disagree with Sarah Crank. However, they would do well to respond to her remarks with the same calm and tact with which she herself approaches the issue. We’re allowed to disagree; after all, this is America – but disagreement does not justify hate speech, no matter how personally offended the words of a 14 year-old girl make you.