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05/11/2012

National Org. for [Religious] Marriage Prez gives lesson in overwrought melodrama

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage's tone is trending ever more into Matt Barber territory:

"President Obama is about to feel the wrath of an engaged nation. God is the author of marriage; government merely recognizes what God created. The vast majority of voters in this country (62 percent, according to a national survey for the Alliance Defense Fund) believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Their belief is heavily rooted in their faith traditions. In 2008, candidate Obama acknowledged that, as a Christian, "God's in the mix" when it comes to marriage. With his announcement this week, he has kicked people of faith in the gut and suggested they should abandon what God has told them and what every civilization since the dawn of mankind has known is best for society."

NOM President Brian Brown (in a very poorly received piece that is currently getting demolished at a 17:1 pace)

(a) Nice hyperbole there, B.B. If I were losing on the basis of argument, I might go that route too.

(b) It's ridiculous that NOM keeps holding on one flawed poll conducted by the most anti-LGBT legal outfit in the country, when multiple polls from firms with names like Gallup show much higher (and even majority) support for fairness.

(c ) If this is Brian's new direction, the God's definition argument, then it's high time for the media call him out on this. Because the rest of us are debating *civil* marriage, not the ancillary (even if oft-utilized) religious ceremonial component.

(d) Actually, President Obama quite clearly stated that he "respect[s] the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines." That is not a kick in the gut—it is a thoroughly American take on religious freedom. True religious freedom. The kind most everyone on the pro-equality side respects, even when it goes against us!

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