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02/20/2013

NOM's political director: We will not rest until Americans hate, reject, ban Jeremy Hooper's marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-02-20 At 6.07.23 Pm Frank Schubert, the man who brought an embarrassing fourfold defeat to his movement in the 2012 marriage campaigns, is raising funds for his employer by claiming that this marriage fight is one that people like me will have to fight for the rest of our adult lives. As if it's a damn game or something:

"The truth is that there is nothing inevitable about the future of marriage. It's an issue that is very much up for grabs, and its future will depend on how hard people work to win the battle.

Are you prepared for the hard work that lies ahead?

Once we win before the U.S. Supreme Court, then we are likely facing a much longer-term battle to win the minds and hearts of Americans to understand the true nature of marriage, its connection to children and the importance of maintaining it. Sure, we'll have many intense legislative battles — in Congress, state Legislatures and at the ballot — and those battles will be hard-fought. But victory before the Supreme Court will give us the ability to engage this issue over the long term by working with churches, young people, ethnic groups and others to show the importance of preserving marriage for society, for future generations and, especially, for children.
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FULL: Just Give Up [National Org For Marriage]

Follow this fundraising ploy to its logical end. When Frank Schubert talks of "winning hearts and minds," he means turning every single American into a person who actively works to take marriage rights from people like me and you. When Frank Schubert looks to my adoring nephews, he sees potential voters who he hopes will someday vote to repeal their uncles' union. When he hears that Andrew and I are adopting, he hears the possibility that our kid will grow up to share tales of woe that might benefit his anti-equality cause. When he looks to states like the one I call home, he sees my tax-collecting jurisdiction as a "culture war" battlefield that he hopes will ultimately turn its political arsenal against marriages and families like mine. When Frank Schubert looks at my legal marriage, he sees it as a personal plaything off which he can collect a paycheck.

NONE OF THAT IS HYPERBOLE. This is an organization that wants to make the world hostile to people like me and you. Because of the ludicrousness of the NOM playbook and the laughable failures that have come to define this truly ignoble special interest group, it's easy to forget how pervasive their overarching goal really is. But it is. Pervasive. And threatening. We should never forget that.

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