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01/29/2013

Catholic NOM posts Catholic view tying its Catholic mission to its Catholic desire to please Catholic conception of God

by Jeremy Hooper

One of the National Organization For Marriage's heroes is Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, widely credited as "The Father of Prop 8." Today, NOM is pushing its thought leader's view that "fighting for marriage" in civil law (i.e. fighting to ban legal marriages like mine) is an act of love for God:

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[NOM]

Because that is the basis for our civil laws—how fully they love God? In fact, isn't that actually why we can't have universal healthcare? It's just too godly of us to take on earthly medicine and scientific cures as a mortal priority. [::writer rolls eyes, shakes head, thanks God for granting him the constitutional freedom to print my snarky opposition to NOM::]

In all seriousness, can we please have an adult conversation about the civil marriage opponents' blatant overreaches?! I know that those of us who cover LGBT rights are reliably disgusted by the idea that religious freedom means a right to force your personally-held views on things like marriage on the population at large. But come on, rest of America—groups like NOM are seriously testing us at this point, seeing how far they can take their canonically-steeped demands without our church/state–separated populace standing up and asking when, exactly, we instated a national church. And if you think it's going to stop at same-sex couples' ring fingers, then I have a gay bar to sell you in Vatican City.

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