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04/24/2012

Video: Minnesota for [covenant] Marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

At some point they, the citizens of an America that has had marriage equality in some states for almost a decade now, will have to stop claiming that marriage has been man/woman "throughout history and all societies." But today's not the day, at least not for Minnesota For Marriage:


(h/t: J.M.G.)

I also can't help but notice how much more openly religious the organized opposition is getting. That's a change we're seeing this year. Typically they do a sort of official/unofficial campaign thing, with the former sticking firmly to a message that talks about public schools and supposed threats posed by civil marriage equality while letting aligned-but-independent agents do the religious outreach. But this year, in Minnesota and especially in North Carolina, we're seeing official campaign ads like this one talk about the "covenant delivered to us by God." It's certainly a tactical shift.

My assumption is that these folks know they are losing the middle so they have to even more fully rally the far-right. But will it work, talking so much about the ancillary (even if oft-utilized) religious ceremonial component of marriage (which will in no way be altered by *civil* marriage equality)? Perhaps in the short run. In the long run, however, it only shows how they, the ones forcing us into this "culture war," are hosting a completely different conversation from us, the ones seeking both constitutional freedoms and respecting *true* religious freedom. There is simply no way our pertinent, legally-grounded conversation will lose in the end.

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