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06/02/2010

Equality's 'ridiculous', Matt? That makes me so heated, I have to fan myself with my legal marriage license!

by Jeremy Hooper

Ridiculous means absurd. Absurd means wildly unreasonable or illogical. Wildly unreasonable or illogical means something that's outside the ballpark of reality.

6A00D8341C503453Ef0133Ee5B0E7A970B-1A recent Gallup poll shows that 44% of Americans fully support marriage equality, 53% oppose, and 3% don't know what the hell is going on. So clearly, this percentage breakdown is a good sign for supporters of same-sex marriage, especially when one looks at the trends and the age demographics, and realizes how strong support is among younger citizens. Or when one looks to the five states and one prominent jurisdiction (D.C.) where same-sex couples can currently marry, and realizes the easy way that these couples have been folded into the local marriage tradition. When one does consider these considerations, it's quite easy to see that marriage equality for same-sex couples, while still needlessly controversial, is far from a "ridiculous" idea.

Cue Matt Barber:

"I think one thing that this [Gallup] poll shows is that despite a massive propaganda campaign pushed by the homosexual activist lobby, by the Obama administration and liberals in Congress, an impressive majority of Americans still understand that marriage is as marriage has always been -- between a man and a woman -- and that the notion of so-called same-sex 'marriage' is ridiculous," comments Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel.
'Gay marriage' - the nays still have it [ONN]

"So-called same-sex marriage"? That's something a younger Matt could have said while playing Pac-Man (and wondering why the yellow dude was so fond of munching on male ghosts). It's something a college-aged Matt could've said while playing beer pong (and wondering how much one can suck on a Bud before it starts to look gay). It's something Matt probably could have even said during his first marriage (yup, he's on #2), which presumably happened more than a decade ago. But here in 2010 America? There is no more "so-called" about it. There is no more "ridiculousness" associated with the possibility of equal lovin'. Marriage equality is a reality. A growing reality. An unchanging reality.

The real "propaganda campaign" has come from "protect marriage" types like Matt, who have turned what should have been a cut-and-dry matter of civil fairness into a overwrought "culture war" battle. In the absence of their efforts, we would've already moved on as a society. We could be working together to find tangible solutions to real problems (i.e., the sh*t ton of oil in the Gulf). But that wasn't to be. Folks like Matt injected themselves into gay peoples lives, loves, bedrooms, and civil marriage bureaus. And others, like the President of the United States and more should-be allies, have catered to the negative rather than boldly taking a principled stand in support of a full and unqualified positive. Yes, the beauty part is that people are catching on, and marriage equality is inevitable. But when all is said and done, we modern Americans will all be remembered as having blown a huge amount of time, money, resources, and debate on what should have been a no-brainer. That's on them, not us!

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