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10/14/2009

Video: It's so foggy, gays can't see their ring-adorned fingers

by Jeremy Hooper

Believe it or not, we actually kind of agree with Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard about something. Here, watch this video:

No, we haven't decided that his smug style of commentary is appropriate, considering that the agenda that it covers up is quite serious and hurtful to millions of people. And we also haven't changed our heart about the "get-Obama-at-any-cost" message that underlies each and every one of Stuart's videos. We still find both points to be unfortunate and misguided.

Where we do agree: That President Obama's marriage messaging is undeniably confusing. it's understandable why that is, considering folks like Stuart and his parent organization proudly unleash holy hell on anyone who stands up for the "radical" idea that LGBT people are equal human beings. But just in terms of rhetoric, we agree with Stuart: That when it comes to the civil marriage rights of millions of loving Americans, POTUS needs to refine his phrasing.

Now, our reason for wanting a clear message are could not be more different from Stuart's. For us, we want the president to serve as a staunch lighthouse, willing to guide public opinion to the safe waters that come with supporting freedom for all. For Stuart, he wants the fog to lift so that they can more easily see what it is that they wish to attack. So let's not kid ourselves for even a second: Our side's reasons for watching the forecast are the polar opposite of FOF's when it comes to freedom, liberty, fairness, true family protection, and American principles. But on this one rhetorical element of "fog clearing," we can certainly nod our head in agreement with Stuart, and join him in calling on the president to evolve his stance. And if/when he does come around to a sunnier point of view, we on the unabashedly pro-equality side will be far more inclined to be his unwavering umbrella once the inevitable "pro-family" sh*tstorm wafts over 1600 Pennsylvania.

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