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02/14/2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Maggie Gallagher

by Jeremy Hooper
201102141447"To me, it’s amazing, given the array of forces pushing for gay marriage and the weak response of most conservative politicians, that the American people have stubbornly dug in their heels on this question: Are two men in a union a marriage?

The answer is “no,” and people really do know it. Marriage is the union of husband and wife — for a reason. Creating a world where people are treated like haters or bigots for standing for marriage is irrational, and people know that, too. An America in which Genesis is akin to racism is an America that will be unrecognizable. Ideas have consequences, and this idea cuts us off from our roots and makes the future much harder.
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-Maggie's V-Day love letter to loving gay couples everywhere

Writing off my marriage as fake? Reducing the principled stands I take to defend my family down to an unfair name-calling campaign? Suggesting that gay activists want to liken Genesis to racism, when in fact the marriage equality movement actually just wants people's personal theological views of Genesis to not be used as a basis to deny *CIVIL* marriage licenses?

Gosh, Maggie: Next year those chalky message hearts will do just fine, thank ya very much!

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*After our post went up, Maggie also posted the above snip to the NOM Blog, adding to it: "The idea that Genesis represents hatred is not only false, and wrong--it cuts America off from its roots in a new way." Which, again, is extremely offensive to gays, in that it (a) uses personal faith as basis for rights denial, and (b) ascribes false name-calling to all of equality activism. But beyond that: It's also downright offensive to LGBT people of faith, whose lives and loves Maggie essentially positions as excluded from God's natural design.

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