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08/03/2011

Our parking we want validated. But for our marriages: we demand equality!

by Jeremy Hooper

More and more, this is becoming the anti-equality far-right's most in-play talking point:

"[A]s odd as it may sound, the campaign to redefine marriage isn't primarily about marriage. Rather, it's about the desire of same-sex couples to have their relationships validated; to have them free from criticism, state-generated or otherwise. That's the key to understanding the fight for marriage. Marriage, to those who would redefine it, is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself."

"If advocates for redefining marriage are successful, they won't stop at marriage. They won't stop until their opposition is either converted or silenced."

-Alliance Defense Fund attorney Dale Schowengerdt, writing for Baptist Press

The same exact claim we just saw from New York's Jason McGuire: The one that crudely takes same-sex couples and their fight to protect their families and reduces it to nothing more than a search for "validation." It's of course always coupled with condemnation, since animus most always accompanies this form of civil bias (at least with the organized movement, as opposed to duped folks who buy into it). But this accusation is almost more offensive than simple homo-hostility, since it doesn't just stop at branding gay people as "wrong" or "immoral" or "broken" or "changeable," but also tacks on a "bad citizenship" charge.

I suspect we'll keep seeing this kind of claim as we head into the next phase of this post-New York marriage world, as it simply builds on the same sense of fear that has guided our opposition movement's every "marriage protective" step. So it's important for us to show America that this "slippery slope" is only slick because certain people keep turning the hose on our lives and loves!

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