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09/02/2011

'When the federal government gave up on marriage', stated as real news

by Jeremy Hooper

It's astounding the careless words that can so easily roll off social conservatives tongues. For instance, listen to this Focus on the Family clip, specifically at the :12 mark:

*AUDIO SOURCE: DOJ Sued over DOMA Correspondence [FoTF Citizenlink]

"It was February 23 when the federal government gave up on marriage." The claim isn't that the federal government stopped defending DOMA. Not even that the federal government gave up on man/woman-only marriage. The claim, made as casually as if Ms. Bright were saying the sky is blue, is that the federal government used the past year to give up on marriage itself. What the hell?!

Sure, groups like Focus on the Family consider Joe and Paul's marriage to be the heat-sinking missile that will ultimate obliterate a scared institution. But at some point, these groups and their staffers are going to have to decide if they want to live in their rhetorical fantasy or within the real world. As marriage equality increases in this nation, we are only seeing more and more proof that same-sex marriages are a nuptial boon, at best, and a non-event, at worst. When DOMA's flawed behind is tossed onto history's trash heap, I suspect this trend will stay the same. So what will groups like Focus on the Family do to save face in two, five, ten years? How long do they really think they can get away with such histrionics when the still-spinning, LGBT-inclusive world tells a very different tale?

It's likely that Focus on the Family uses lines like the "gave up on marriage" one as part of their last-ditch effort to change a narrative that's slipping (has already slipped?) out of their grasp. But that strategic maneuvering doesn't make it right or good or "pro-family" or even Christian. It's time Focus on the Family worker bees stop duping the American public with such ridiculous hyperbole and start finding ways they can get through the rest of their mortal lives without being so damn bothered by ours!

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