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06/02/2006

Concerned Woman says we're da bomb

by Jeremy Hooper

Of the necessity for Congress to pass a so-called Marriage Protection Amendment, the Concerned Women for America's Jan LaRue says:

"Congress needs to awaken to the ticking sound of a time bomb that will detonate the institution of marriage. We need a federal amendment to preserve it rather than an untimely one that goes into effect in the midst of rubble."

Responding to Jan LaRue, we say:

"Hmm...actually Ms. LaRue, we think the legal recognition of our unions is less like an incendiary container designed to explode when detonated by a time mechanism, and more like the Jack Bauer who will heroically diffuse the inflammatory inequality for which organizations like yours aggressively push. We understand that framing this debate as if our side is the one on the offensive is the message from which your team will never stray, but those of us who want to marry our partners and still continue to attend the weddings of our heterosexual friends know that legalizing our unions would not destroy the institution of anything. If you guys would just cut out this offensive line of thought and say the truth -- which is that your don't care for gay people and you don't want them to achieve social parity -- then the waters of this debate would be far less muddied.

So do us all a favor, Ms. LaRue -- drop the fear-mongering playbook that tells you that painting us as if we are "time bombs" is a clever strategy. We see right through it, and others are starting to catch on as well. You don't like us getting married --
we get it. But own your antipathy, rather than scurrying to convince folks that we are the hostile ones."

Making Marriage a Constitutional Matter [CWFA]

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