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04/21/2011

Audio: Matt Barber can't stop talking about Prop 8 proponents' 'deficient job'

by Jeremy Hooper

We will never tire of hearing the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber concede the one point that his "pro-family" colleagues will not, no matter how obvious. That point? The undeniable fact that the Prop 8 proponents presented a truly terrible case in Judge Walker's court:

"They did a deficient job in defending it"

*SOURCE: WorldNetDaily Radio

What's so genius about Matt's admission is that it works in two ways. On the obvious level: It puts a "protect marriage" figure on record stating what so many others among them have to think. How could they not? Because the Prop 8 proponents' case was so obviously lacking, it shocked even many on our side. It was just that jaw-droppingly bad. (*See Rob Tisinai's genius "We've got nuthin" video)

But Matt's commentary works on another level too. Because while we of course agree with his assessment of the deficiency of the defense, we of course staunchly disagree with his key rational as to why this was (i.e. the proponents weren't homophobic enough). And so this desire for more hostility, from a man who serves as a dean at the nation's most prominent Christian law school and who routinely works alongside some of the "pro-family" community's top dogs, serves to show just how overheated our opposition can get. Matt's coming right out and admitting it: His resistance to same-sex marriage goes well beyond the marital custom itself and lands firmly in the land of homo-hostility. Matt's from the "gays can and should change" school. And he's not alone in this. Many others within the "protect marriage" movement see it this way as well. So that being the case, as we've said before: The Prop 8 proponents probably should include such voices in their defense, since bona fide anti-gayness is, undeniably, a big part of their movement. Matt illuminates this reality.

So on the whole: We totally hope Matt keeps talking like this. At the 9th Circuit level. At the Supreme Court level. Forever. Blow the lid right off this thing, forcing those who wish to defend discrimination against a constitution that kinda, sorta frowns upon the same to take stock of both their own performance and their own support structure. We'll pop the popcorn.

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*EARLIER: Matt talking about how he was in the room when strategic decision were made: Matt Barber: Prop 8 strategy built on PR. I know, I was there [G-A-Y]

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