William Donahue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, threw in his two holy cents about Elton — the “gay” dog that was spared euthanasia by a good Facebook Samaritan — by arguing that the gays are now receiving preferential treatment: The quest for autonomy has reached such a macabre level in the Netherlands that last year the Royal Dutch Medical Association expanded the list of conditions legalizing euthanasia to include “loneliness.” In the state of Washington, a debate is currently raging over whether to expand the list of conditions legalizing euthanasia to include those who are not terminally ill, as well as those who are mentally disabled…. The place where Elton was dropped, Euthanasia Jackson TN, encourages dog adoption, but it also promotes dog euthanasia. Not, however, in Elton’s case: the shelter has no stomach for putting dogs down on the basis of sexual orientation. It must be said, though, that the shelter is not exactly inclusive in its policies. To wit: Had poor Elton not been identified as a homosexual, his heterosexuality would not have been enough to save his hide. The moral of the story is: Being gay is not only a bonus for humans these days, it is a definite plus for dogs as well. As for straights, the lonely and the disabled, that’s another story altogether. First of all, there’s no moral to Donahue’s story. Morals exist in things that make sense. Second, if Elton had been “heterosexual” he wouldn’t have been at Euthanasia Jackson to begin with. The fact that his owner decided his dog’s apparent homosexuality was justification for ending his life was the real crux of the matter. And finally, damn right being gay is a “bonus.” We also get to automatically pass go and collect $200, which we will then spend on our gay dogs.
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