North Carolina House Majority Leader, Paul Stam (R), contended in a debate with Minority Whip Rick Glazier (D), that Gay people are “things” and should therefore be afforded different rights than other “things”.
The debate took place at the University of North Carolina Law School and it is in response to a proposed Constitutional Amendment which would ban gay marriage in NC.
Stam made the age old fallacious argument that gay marriage would lead to polygamy. He also said, “Different things can be treated differently if the things or people are in a very different relationship.”
Glazier responded by saying that people are not “things” and should be treated the “same as anyone else.” He fought back with his own ‘slippery slope’ argument:
“We engage here in an incredible slippery slope. So if gay folks aren’t allowed — don’t have the fundamental right to do the one thing that as human beings we all want to do, which is to decide who we want to live with, who we want to marry, who we want to have a relationship with. Then explain to me, maybe you should tell the folks, does that mean that they also don’t have the right to public office? That’s a lesser constitutional right to run for public office than it is to decide who you’re going to spend your day with.”