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12/15/2010

Morse's Walker reduction: Divorces deep analysis from movement's shallow goals

by Jeremy Hooper

This 1:45 clip pretty much sums up the intellectually reductive mindset that "protect marriage" crowd calls a movement:


*Morse's full speech: Marriage Equality: Impossible (@ ASU) [Ruth Institute Podcasts]

Because while Morse pretends to completely get Judge Walker's gay goose with this supposedly definitive read, the reality is that this one quip was part of eighty extremely detailed "Findings of Fact": The totality of which did, quite ably, cover all aspects of marriage as it pertains to children, permanence, sex, exclusivity, procreation, and just about anything else, carefully factoring in the arguments presented to the court by BOTH SIDES.

To demonstrate just how deceptively reductive Morse's supposed summation actually is, we will now present the Findings of Fact in their entirety, with Morse's one quote highlighted in yellow. We don't expect you to re-read them all -- but just from a cursory glance of the visual, one can see how intellectually offensive it is to suggest that this one quote is the be all, end all of Walker's marriage stance, the likes of which might also include college roommates within the marital spectrum. Take a look:

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But when one traffics in a pre-conceived soundbite structure, as the practitioners of the modern "protect marriage" so often movement do, one doen't tend to care about full breadth. When the goal is myopic limitation, so too the legal reads.

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