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09/15/2011

Gay people's wedding rings: Mined from nation's chipped away existence, apparently

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-09-15 At 12.21.31 PmAnd now here's Mark Creech, head of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, on why state voters should pass a marriage amendment:

"There is absolutely nothing more important on this issue than for pastors to stand up and lead their churches to understand that this is a critical moment in our history," Creech said. "If we fail to protect marriage, we're talking about it significantly affecting the future of our children and our children's children. If traditional marriage fails, then over time the country itself will fail. Pastors need to stand up, speak up, preach about marriage and talk about how important it is for the church to stand up in his juncture in history to defend God's first institution of marriage."
N.C. citizens (finally) to get marriage vote [Baptist Press]

If people don't ban same-sex couples' legal loving, "the country itself will fail"?! Really? Every day that my husband and I stay in our legal marriage, we're undermining the country to which we pay (considerable) taxes? Our success as a couple is a catalyst for America's demise? That's seriously a far-right talking point on this issue?

Here's what I think: If this country is in danger of failure, it's the ongoing cultivation of divisiveness, much of it perpetuated by "culture war" Christians, that keeps us all sparring against one another rather than coming together to tackle true social issues. This North Carolina amendment -- like all others to come before and the ones that are currently tarnishing states like Minnesota -- is one of the most concrete examples of this "us vs. them" politicking. It and much of the rest of the reductive "pro-family" rhetoric, has robbed our substantive debate by decades. Until figures like Mark Creech stop believing that hyperbolic diarrhea of the mouth is perfectly Jesus-y so long as the toxic accusations drive just a few more "values voters" to the polls, this bombastic oratory will continue to rob us of peace. Rob us of strength. Encourage our failure.

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