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10/26/2011

Katherine Kersten: Opposing marriage equality is like opposing Jim Crow South

by Jeremy Hooper

Of course she positions her stance as being pro-"traditional marriage" rather than anti-others'-rights. But I trust that you'll see through that:

6A00D8341C503453Ef01538Ea9298D970B"America's need for [NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance] should open our eyes to the increasingly Orwellian situation we face. It's becoming an act of civic courage -- as speaking out against Jim Crow in the South once was -- to support marriage as a bedrock male/female social institution, and to state your belief that children need a mother and a father.

This raises a troubling question: If gay marriage supporters can intimidate and silence their opponents while one man/one woman marriage remains the norm, to what authoritarian extremes will they go if same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land?
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-Katherine Kersten, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist whose pieces on same-sex marriage *ALWAYS* read like National Organization For Marriage press releases

The obvious truth is that America doesn't need a so-called "Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance," at least in the way that NOM uses the label. That misappropriation of defamation, just like the misapplied idea that opposing other people's civil rights constitutes "marriage protection," is part of the far-right's glaringly obvious attempts to flip this "culture war" script so that they seem like the victims. And throwing Jim Crow in the mix? Well that's simply Kersten's attempt to add a dash of historical inaccuracy past to the NOM crowd's record-muddying present, in hopes that they might still arrive at their goal of a duped, discriminatory future.

It won't work. And I would argue that Kersten's careless choice to toss around a label like Jim Crow only reinforces my prediction.

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