Vermont Gay Marriages Begin and the Weather’s Fine
Fundamentalist Christian leaders like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Stephen Bennett and John Piper have spent years insisting that their God sends tornadoes and hurricanes as divine judgment against gay pride parades, churches that respect gays and lesbians, and governments that let same-sex couples get married.
The contention doesn’t bear up well under empirical scrutiny: the vast majority of the thousands of annual gay pride parades in America are pulled off just fine without any of the floats being carried off by twisters. I can’t for the life of me find any news articles about Unitarian churches being destroyed by tornadoes. And when Norway, Spain, Greece, Uruguay, Massachusetts and California started performing same-sex marriages, the weather in each locale was pleasant and peachy. Although Iowa suffered under strong flooding last summer, before same-sex marriage became legal, this summer after the legalization of same-sex marriage the weather has been mild enough to permit record corn and soybean harvests.
And now we can add another data point. In the wee hours of yesterday morning, Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan were married in the state of Vermont. The weather in Waterbury, the town where they wed, was clear and warm, neither hot nor cold.