‘Gay Dogs Have More Rights Than Straight People,’ Apparently

Remember Elton, the dog whose owner gave him to a euthanasia shelter because the owner thought Elton was gay? While, thankfully, Elton was saved, the Catholic League has issued a rant attempting to convince us that this means gay dogs — and gay people — have more rights than their straight counterparts.

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has seen this story as an opportunity to launch a bizarre, brain-melting tandem attack on assisted dying and supposed gay privilege. In a post dated January 31, he begins:

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 height of selective scare-quoting here, for what medical experts in Netherlands have actually done is consider a broadening of assisted dying guidelines to take into account whether an applicant is chronically lonely and to give that and other chronic emotional conditions weight among factors that are used to assess whether an application for euthanasia can proceed.

Furthermore, experts in Washington state have suggested a broadening of the state’s own 2008 Dignity in Dying Act that would carefully and still very narrowly expand the law to allow not just the terminally ill but also those suffering from a chronic condition to decide to end their lives. There is also talk of euthanasia being allowed in cases where a person has created an advanced directive saying they consent to assisted dying should they themselves be unable to consent at a later date.

While assisted dying remains a controversial issue, especially for those with certain religious beliefs, Donohue’s lazy drive-by of the topic is supremely wasteful and more than a little arrogant because it helps advance no understanding whatsoever.

Nevertheless, Don0hue then continues his rant by roping in Elton the dog’s lucky escape, saying:

…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.

In Donohue’s fit of intellectual vacuum he neglects to consider the truth of the situation: that because the dog in question displayed behavior his ignorant former owner took to mean he was gay — hunching over a male dog — he was then condemned to a shelter and as a result, possible euthanasia. Elton’s escape from the gas guillotine was in no way a testament to his privilege. Far from it, it was because of people like Donohue who spread false claims about gay people and therein perpetuate a culture of anti-gay hysteria that Elton found himself in that unconscionable position.

“To wit:” had poor Elton shown only opposite-sex behavior, he most likely would never have ended up at the shelter. The shelter’s disbelief regarding the story and the resulting Internet outcry was simply a reaction to this injustice.

The moral of this story is: being gay has never been a “bonus” for anyone, and only people like Donohue who feel their heterosexual privilege is slipping with the slow advancement of LGBT civil rights would ever dare to state such.


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Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin5 years ago

Gender, race, sexual orientation ... anything is an excuse for these morons!!!

What a load of bollocks! Absolute bollocks! There are no other words!

Vera Yuno
Vera Yuno5 years ago


John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Maybe I need another cup of coffee, but this wasn't very interesting.

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

Darryll G.....as a zoo educator with over 20 years' experience in animal husbandry, I can tell you that there have been MANY examples of same-sex bonding among birds and mammals.

We have a male pair of Cape Vultures who were finally given an egg to hatch & raise, because they kept stealing eggs from other pairs. They were good parents, too.

Bonobos (sometimes called 'pygmy chimps') ARE, ALONG WITH CHIMPS, OUR NEAREST GENETIC RELATIVES. Bonobos engage in same-sex encounters routinely!

Before you make claims which only reflect your wishes and not facts....do some research yourself!

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D5 years ago

If any states still support bestiality, it is off the chart crazy to do so!

Lori E.
Lori E5 years ago

And isn't it also crazt that more states allow bestiality then they allow same sex marriages...

Katie K.
Katie K5 years ago

My dog humps furniture. I guess that makes him a real freak. Someone twisted this Donahue guys brain into a pretzel. I'm a cradle Catholic (that means my parents choose my religion) and I love and respect all, meaning man or beast and what does it really matter what sexual persuasion you feel comfortable with since it's your life to do as you feel fit. The church is so hateful about homosexuality that it frightened me away. Aren't you supposed to love and accept everyone for what they are? I see them going to bat for murderers on death row, pedophiles, etc. but yet throw anyone that goes this way under the bus. Doesn't make sense.

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen5 years ago

I thought they show the gay dolphins?
also. while they are attracted to eachother such as a ram who even is unphased by the smells of a ewe in heat, does he -love- his mate?

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Darryl G:
Here are REFERENCES for you; and for other people keeping themselves WILLFULLY IGNORANT.

2] Homosexual behavior* {*’Exhibiting Homosexual behavior’ is the correct scientific term}
in animals has always been observed by both biologists and lay people, but it was not until the 1990s that science began to take it seriously. Since Bruce Bagemihl’s seminal 1999 book

“Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity,”

the behavior has been observed in 1,500 species and is well understood in 500.

Some animals, for instance, about 10% of rams, NEVER mate with females, even when they are available. They show ZERO interest in the "other sex", and ONLY show interest, sexually and otherwise, in their OWN sex. This can properly be called, "homosexual behavior". This behavior has been observed in the wild, on farms, everywhere, not just in "artificial" environments of labs and zoos.

As I stated, it has been observed - but not published! - for literally CENTURIES. {But, to say the very WORDS "homosexual behavior", was once considered OBSCENE - so, it couldn't be talked about in polite, i.e. middle-class society!!!}

THAT residue of "controversy", is why animal homosexual behavior probably isn't on National Geographic shows on TV.
They don't want to "offend" even a part of their wide audience.