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sue the gays.
Yes, I'm a masochist, deal with it.
This guy named Rick Scarborough of some outfit called Tea Party Unity said he had a great idea. He doesn't like gay people, so he and other activists say they should file a class action suit to stop the gays.
His buddy Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Trust About Homosexuality (well, maybe not truth, necessarily) wholeheartedly agreed. So that's two people who think this is a great idea.
The lawsuit would sort of be like those class action lawsuits against tobacco companies a few years ago that accused the tobacco companies of basically selling death.
I'll leave aside for a moment that political end of his idea and go straight (ha!) to the practical side.
Scarborough didn't offer a plan as to exactly whom to target in the lawsuit. The tobacco companies were easy. Find which big companies sold tobacco products and have at it.
But last I checked, there was no company selling "gay"
Who would you sue? Every gay person out there? That could get complicated. How would you find them all? Assuming you could win the lawsuit, how would you collect settlement money?
Various Web sites that featured this bit of news had helpful comments from readers offering Scarborough potential targets.
At Towlerroad, someone suggested suing all straight people, because they're the ones who make babies, some of whom turn out gay.
Others suggested anti-gay groups sue themselves, since many of them have workers or volunteers who are self-loathing closeted gay people.
How would the results of the lawsuit work? The tobacco lawsuits led to controls on the sale of cigarettes. What would the demands on gays be in this lawsuit? Would gay people have to stop having sex? Or register with Peter LaBarbera before they engaged in sexual contact?
You'd like that, wouldn't you, Peter?
Rest assured, quite a few people who associate with the Tea Party think Scarborough's idea is nuts.
David Webb of Tea Party 365 had this to say:
"Rick Scarborough is not a Tea Partier....He is not a Tea Party spokesperson, no matter what he, or the media, wants people to believe."
Well, that's a relief. I was afraid someone would shut down the government again until they found a way to sue all the world's gay people and make them straight.