Yes, I know that Dan Savage’s screed on banning fat marriage is trying to illustrate the point that gay marriage bans are ludicrous. Fellow Stranger writer Lindy West has already responded with a solid “why fat hate doesn’t work” aimed at those who don’t want to get it, and I don’t disagree with it.
I do think Dan seriously missed the boat bringing up the silly “fat is contagious” thing. It totally weakens his argument! No, the better argument is this:
- Fat is frequently inherited, even among children who are raised by thin adoptive parents or twins raised separately.
- As anti-gay legislatures are constantly reminding us, only married heterosexual people have children.
- Therefore, to prevent fat people from passing on their fatness to children, we should not allow fat people to marry.
See? Much more logical!
See also: Parents-to-be shouldn’t diet.