Nightly Show: Marriage is either about love or owning women as property — your choice, homophobes
On last night’s The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore and his panelists discussed the issue of gay marriage.
After the Reverend Michael Faulkner said that he would vacate “the wrong side of history” if the God he believes in came out in favor of gay marriage, former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass — who was raised as a Southern Baptist — said that he “doesn’t understand why my religion gets to say that we own marriage.”
“Marriage should be about love, and for everyone,” he added.
The Rev. Faulkner replied that “traditionally, the word ‘marriage’ has always had a religious connotation.”
“No,” Bass responded. “Marriage is transactional. It’s about the property of women. Do y’all still believe in that?”
“That’s why I’m married to a woman,” comedian Jessica Kirson interjected. “Because I want to own her.”
“Good for you,” Rev. Faulkner said, “if that’s how you define your relationship, good for you. But that’s what marriage was.”
“What I can’t understand,” Bass added, “is why Baptists, Buddhists, Jewish, whatever — why can’t y’all redefine your marriage?”
The Rev. Faulkner replied, “because in this country, we don’t legislate what religious beliefs should be. But our religious positions and Christian traditions are how we formed most of our civil law. So, the church and the state are separated, you had to have some belief system that said there was a rule of law.”
“But there were many laws that were based on religion,” Wilmore shot back, “and slavery’s one of them. There are many examples in the Bible to justify slavery.”
“That was an economic system,” Rev. Faulkner replied, “that was justified by some wacky racists.”
“Let me ask you this, then,” Wilmore said. “What is wrong with progress? What is wrong with the world moving forward? Why does the world always have to go back for something to be right?”
In the “Keep it 100” portion of the show, in which panelists are asked uncomfortable questions and urged to be completely honest, Wilmore asked certified Russian cosmonaut Lance Bass the following question: “You have an offer to do a corporate event, and if you do, they’ll pay your way into space — but the sponsor’s Chik-fil-A. They’re not trying to get rid of you, by the way, they just want you to have an awesome gay space adventure. Do you do it?”
“I’m about to be a 100 right now,” Bass replied. “Yes, I’d do it, because the first out gay in space is way bigger than hate chicken.”
Watch the entire episode of The Nightly Show below via Hulu.