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07/27/2011

Maggie not even faking it anymore: NOM is essentially a religious group

by Jeremy Hooper

Here's Maggie Gallagher describing the National Organization For Marriage's mission, in response to a claim that it only takes 10% of the population to persuade a majority to adopt a certain belief:

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"Our job is to make sure there is an unshakable 10 percent willing to stand up for the great truths of Genesis: we are made male and female and called to come together in love so children have a mother and a father."
[SOURCE: NOM Blog]

Yeah? So where, exactly, does that leave gays (single, married; with children and not), atheists, people of faiths that don't see Genesis through such a myopic lens, heterosexual couples who cannot have or who do not desire children, or the governing documents of a supposedly church/state-separated nation? If this wholly religious basis is really the plan for marriage, then why not have only a church ceremony and forgo the civil license altogether? And if this is really the one, true goal, then where the hell is the Federal Marriage Amendment that demands reproduction (or love, for that matter) of all legally-bound couples?

Look, Maggie can use the Bible to cast out as many people as she likes. Heck, get 20% -- see if our side cares. We won't care, because the idea of equality under the law isn't some kind of theory, trend, or faithfully held belief that will ultimately be determined by a PR campaign. And putting all stock in personally-held faith on this matter of public policy? Well, it's yet another political miscalculation from NOM, a group that pretty much threw away their political calculator somewhere around the time of last summer's ridiculous bus tour.

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