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by Jeremy Hooper

This small blip aptly sums up the big problem with the anti-gay side's "culture war":

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[NOM's Facebook]

"Game on" -- that's exactly the problem. For groups like NOM, this really is just a game: Their financial risk measured in Monopoly money, their advancements as productive as a spin on a Life spinner -- their claimed attacks no more authentically damaging than a sunken plastic battleship. Whereas same-sex couples, as well as their friends and allies, feel the ill effects of bias in multiple ways, the "protect marriage" crowd would likely be more psychologically damaged by an opponent's Connect Four victory than they will be by the legal connection of two lives. We are as threatening as a tiny metal Clue candlestick, regardless of how fully they portray us as the socio-political equivalent of russian roulette.

Even if our opposition movement doesn't admit or realize that their effort is a game, it still is. One that we undoubtedly "win" in the end, that's already in the cards. But it's one that will (Pop-o-matic) trouble many more before groups like NOM take their toys and go home.

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