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02/09/2011

So what, Ms. Morse: For our 35th anniv. we'll get torches and pitchforks?

by Jeremy Hooper

Roback MorseWhile testifying in Rhode Island tonight, the National Organization For Marriage/The Ruth Institute's Jennifer Roback Morse reportedly said that "history won't be kind" to same-sex marriage supporters.

So what, exactly, does this mean for legally married gays like me? Is Jennifer saying that when my bond lasts a lifetime without any legal retribution, I will have lost the future? Is she seriously suggesting that when Andrew and I make it to our fiftieth anniversary, the occasion will be forcibly understated, since it'll have to be held in a shame cave rather than a celebration hall? Is she implying that our planned child(ren) will someday see us as wrong, or else they too will suffer mid-21st century unkindness? Because simple logic would suggest an affirmative answer to all and more!

It's of course obvious why J-Ro-Mo would work these "history won't be kind" lines. She's so used to hearing gay supporters talk about marriage equality's inevitability, that it has to get old. It's understandable to see her trying (in vain) to flip the script. We've noticed her adopting this tactic in recent weeks.

But when you attach actual human lives and loves to the talking points, it becomes even easier to see the clear difference between our two fights. Ours is one that looks fifty years down the road and sees peace. Unity. Gay and straight couples toasting each other. A shared America where contrived "culture wars" have are confined to the history books. A future where gay couples have finally reached their deserved place of peace, at zero expense to people like Ms. Morse.

And theirs? Well theirs is one that sees people like me forcibly divorced from the ones that we love. Sadly, that is not an overstatement.

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*Earlier today, Morse tipped her hand on Facebook. Responding to the sign in the upper left corner reading "I'm on the right side of history," Morse wrote:

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Go for it, Jen. Have at it. Have your say about history. We are *more* than prepared to highlight the innate callousness of this insensible, insensitive "gays won't like history" meme.

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