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08/27/2012

Why can't you overzealous gays let us would-be discriminators engage in a vacuum?

by Jeremy Hooper

In just thirty-six words, this comment from the Protect Marriage Maine Facebook wall says so much about the national marriage equality conversation and those who engage on the wrong side of it:

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Protect Marriage Maine [F'Book]

If you monitor these sorts of sites, you know that the above comment is not an anomaly. In any forum where LGBT people or our supporters engage in a robust and healthy conversation with those who are trying to deny us in some real and tangible way, those of us who are fairly debating the matter have to wade through any number of comments from people who accuse us of "trolling" or somehow being unfair for simply showing up to chat. These folks seem to view these causes (i.e. their pushes to limit rights for same-sex couples in some way) as personal pet issues. They seem to see pages like these as fan pages, fit only for those who want to "Rah, Rah, Rah!" the home team.

It doesn't work that way. If those who wish to deny us insist on fostering this "culture war," then they are going to have to put up with those of us whose rights are truly threatened. Don't think that I, a legally married gay many have insight to add on this? Well that is as wrong as it is absurd! If you are pushing to alter our state and federal governing documents so that my husband and I will someday be forcibly divorced, then you are going to have to listen as I push back a little. Honestly—it's the least you can do!

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*Oh, and by the way—those of us on the right side of this issue typically don't care if you come to fairly engage against us. We are more than confident in the arguments that our supporters will use to counter your claims.

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