The year is 2010, and American politicians are still comparing gay marriage to marrying dogs.
Although not just dogs, in fairness.
Rebecca Kleefisch, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in Wisconsin, has also invoked marriage to furniture and time-keeping mechanisms.[jump]
"At what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?" she's asked.
We never thought about it that way, Rebecca! It starts with equal rights under the law, and the next thing you know we're all taking Mr. Fancy Paws into our bridal bed.
Kleefisch made her novel and sophisticated argument in an interview with a Christian radio station earlier in the year, but somehow it didn't play well outside the broadcasting booth.
After news of the dog-marrying drew condemnation from students and gay rights organizations, Kleefisch apologized:
"My comments were meant to relay my concern with redefining marriage. I never intended to sound insensitive and have the utmost respect for all people."
Sure you do. Situation resolved!