Ben Carson: Marriage for gay people is like car seats for conjoined twins

There are a lot of bad analogies for same-sex marriage. It’s been compared to marrying turtles and lawnmowers. It’s been compared to slavery and Hitler. For some, saying that same-sex marriages should be equal to opposite-sex marriages is like saying that water is actually beer.

But I’m not sure any of these analogies can top Ben Carson’s assertion, reportedly included in his new book, A More Perfect Union, that sanctioning same-sex marriage is like mandating that car seat manufacturers make a car seat for conjoined twins. As he wrote, per PinkNews:

Changing the law governing the normal situation in order to accommodate the abnormal situation is like requiring that car seats be designed to accommodate conjoined twins as well as anatomically normal children.

The more sensible thing would be to require car seats to accommodate typical children and design special car seats for atypical children as needed.

This principle can be applied to a host of situations in our nation.

For example, most people are heterosexual, and changing the definition of marriage to suit those outside that definition is unnecessarily complicated.

The analogy is a not-so-subtle nod both to Carson’s history as being the first person to separate twins conjoined at the head and to the GOP’s increasingly tired meme of same-sex marriage constituting a “special” right.

In case it wasn’t entirely clear, “unnecessarily complicated” in Carson’s example means lifting a restriction on who can sign a marriage license. Marriage licenses don’t ask for the sex of the signees, so you don’t even have to change the form! How is that complicated? If anything, the previous definition of marriage was more complicated, because it set an extraneous condition on the state’s legal recognition of love.

What’s more, Carson’s logic can be applied to literally any minority group. I could write, “For example, most people aren’t in wheelchairs, and changing the definition of marriage to suit those outside that definition is unnecessarily complicated,” and it would make the same amount of sense. As would arguing that interracial marriage is “unnecessarily complicated” for the same reason.

Then again, maybe Ben Carson thinks that people in wheelchairs and of different races shouldn’t be entitled to marriage rights. At this rate, who knows?

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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