When watching this latest "Focus on the Family Update," we can't help but hope for one thing...
Our hope? That Tom Minnery and cohorts will please, please, pleeease keep working the "God's definition of marriage" angle whenever they speak about what they are seeking in the courts of law/public opinion. Because to us, the biggest reason why we don't have civil marriage equality in this nation is because we have been so quick, historically, to connect religious ceremony and civil rights. If Tom and company will keep reminding citizens that his troops are wishing to use their personal faith views on marriage to influence the way we carry out constitutional guarantees, then it will eventually lead to a major (and overdue) tone shift on this modern civil rights fight!
No LGBT activist -- NO LGBT ACTIVIST -- is seeking to deny or influence the way Tom and his church determine who's marriages are and are not acceptable in the eyes of God. But we are, quite unapologetically, seeking to deny him and his church of their right to place what they see as "God's definition" into America's civil dictionaries!
My husband and I visited our Congresscritters today and demanded to know why we had to go to Canada to get married. Lobbied for ENDA, Repeal of DOMA, enactment of the Military Readiness Act (to overturn DADT), and reminded them of the over 1040 rights, priveleges, benefits and obligations that civil marriage confer on the federal level by handing them the list from the GAO study (27 pages long). I am going to keep on visiting, writing, and calling until we get our full civil rights. Then, I'm going to keep on visiting, writing and calling to ensure that they are enforced.
Posted by: Michael | Aug 20, 2009 3:31:42 PM
You know, people like Maggie Gallagher are so focused on the "definition of marriage". They say it's not about all those benefits and privledges, right?
Our fight is for equal rights. What it really comes down to are those benefits and priveledges, right? Well, maybe we need to change our focus. What if, instead, we say we won't fight for marriage on one condition: that married people don't get ANY OF THOSE BENEFITS anymore! I bet that would stir up the pot and make them all panic!
Posted by: John S | Aug 20, 2009 5:24:25 PM
One of the most frustrating things about the religious right is how its members are quick to label anything with which they disagree as "liberal." True conservatism is a viable political philosophy, but it's been hijacked by the paranoid who see "liberals" everywhere they look.
Posted by: Brian | Aug 20, 2009 7:36:38 PM
"True conservativism?" What we're seeing, what we have seen and experienced for the last 29 years is true conservatism.
The conservative resurgence began in 1980 with Ronald Reagan and reached its zenith with the Presidency of George W. Bush. With each victory over the past 29 years has emboldened conservatives. First declaring war on the easy targets of drugs and crime moving on to modern culture, science and brown people. Steadily beating the moral majority drums against the progress made by the LGBT community and other progressives in the 1960's and 1970's.
The conservative movement's association with fundamentalist Christians has been an intentional and well thought out strategy bringing us Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and several states constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage. Conservatives and religious fundamentalists are two sides of the same coin, both clinging to ancient and archaic ideas and beliefs and both using each other's podiums to communicate their message.
The true conservatives religious obedience, uncritical loyalty and black and white thinking make t all but impossible to reason with them. This is how nonsense like equating health care reform and the Obama administration with Nazi's gains traction with a significant percentage of Americans.
Posted by: Owen | Aug 21, 2009 12:34:22 AM
Oh how I loathe Stuart Shepard
Posted by: John Ozed | Aug 21, 2009 9:15:59 AM
I agree with Owen.
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