Remember Jean Argus, the adorable 80-year-old grandmother who filmed a moving speech in favor of keeping gay marriage legal in Iowa? Well, today the Internet met her evil twin, Rosina Kovar. Kovar is a 76-year-old grandmother from Colorado, who recently addressed the Colorado State Senate about the state’s civil unions bill, hoping to prevent its passage. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and now moves to the Finance Committee for a vote.
The basis of Kovar’s opposition to the bill? She thinks that butts should remain “exit only.” She also claims that Massachusetts schools are “teaching homosexuality starting in Kindergarten.”
Clearly Kovar’s argument is religiously motivated, but Durango Republican Senator Ellen Roberts told the Colorado Independent, “I don’t think we should be in the business of legislating religion and morality,” after hours of testimony from “Christian ministers and born-again sinners warning against the evils of homosexuality.”
Kovar did pique my interest when she talked about the “latency period” between the ages of 5 and 12 when children learn compassion. I agree that we as a society should not be eager to sexualize children of such a tender age, but if we don’t talk to children about the fact that boys can love boys and girls can love girls at some point before they become teens, will it be harder for them to have “compassion” for the gay community? I don’t know. No one outside of my peer group ever talked to me about sex, and the first time I heard about gayness was probably when someone called me a dyke, and yet I grew up to be an open and not just tolerant but pro-gay adult.
Maybe that’s why, the other night, I felt a bit odd telling my daughter, “boys can love boys and girls can love girls,” but in the context of our conversation (about love and marriage, stemming from a cartoon she’d seen) I felt like it needed to be said. She responded with an incredulous, “Boys can’t love boys.” I simply said, “Sure they can,” and that was that. I hate to break it to you, Ms. Kovar, but love isn’t really about buttholes at all.