Alan Keyes has gone too far in opposing gay marriage. He claims that incest awaits kids of gays. His reasoning is as follows: 1) gay parents adopt children, 2) children of closed adoptions don't know who their blood relative are, 3) inevitably, one of those children will unknowingly marry a blood relative. 4) Therefore, gay marriage should be illegal.
This, again, just like in my last post, is a complete non-sequiter.
The threat of incest is in no way confined to, nor exacerbated by gay marriage. As Keyes himself says, "If you are masked from your knowing your biological parents, you are in danger of encountering brothers and sisters you have no knowledge of." This is hardly a phenomenon confined to gay parents who adopt.
Using this reasoning, Keyes is not so much attacking gay parents so much as he is attacking all parents of adopted children (where the adoption is closed, i.e. the birth parents remain anonymous) and parents who have children through anonymous egg and sperm dononation. Gay parenting per se has nothing to do with it. Gay marriage, even less.
(By the way, gay parents are hardly limited to closed adoption in order to have children. There are several ways that gay parents can know who the biological parents of their children are: gays can have children from previous heterosexual encounters, from open adoption, from non-anonymous sperm or egg donation. Furthermore, gay parenting will continue regardless of the legality of gay marriage.)
What infuriates me is that Keyes is clearly holding the parents responsible for this hypothetical incest. (If he did not think this was the case, then even the most tortured reasoning could not provide him with a rationale for opposing gay marriage by means of incest.) By extension, since his arguement really applies to all who have participated in closed adoption, he is accusing me of unknowingly encouraging incest. Suffice it to say that I do not appreciate this insult. The implication that I have done something wrong by adopting Spark even though I was unable to find out who his parents are infuriates me.
Alan Keyes: the candidate who attacks gay marriage by insulting participants of closed adoption. Excuse me while I take this opportunity to root for Obama.