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02/21/2013

NOM staffers say this stuff like they really believe it

by Jeremy Hooper

A properly confused visitor to the National Organization For Marriage's so-called "march for marriage" site asked whether that page was for or against same-sex marriage. Check out how NOM organizer Joe Grabowski responded:

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(1) I'm for man/woman marriage too. I've toasted many couples, danced many dances, and given countless dollars in gifts. When it comes to the union of love, commitment, and open bars, no one is more game than me.

(2) Individuals and faith communities have every right to speak up for marriage. Or against marriage, for that matter. Freedom of speech means we all have the right to engage without government interference. Freedom of religion grants folks the right to pray or not pray however they wish. However, none of us have the right to use our personal theology to limit others' civil rights, and none of us have the right to flout nondiscrimination laws. And that is the issue here: the opposition's desire to overreach in a way that violates others' freedoms.

(3) No, voters do not have the "right" to limit marriage in the way that the missteps of past referenda suggests they do. Civil rights are not a popularity contest. My marriage is not a student council election. Just because these kind of votes have happened does not make them right. Do not confuse this nation's one-was with its will-be. That kind of thinking has a tendency to backfire, especially when speaking of the course of minority rights and protections.

(4) Go like a truly pro-marriage Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/March4Marriage

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