'Concerned Woman' convinced we're seeking her approval; frankly, I wasn't even seeking her opinion
Her social science misinformation is typically misrepresentative. But honestly, the more infuriating is this Concerned Women For America staffer's egocentric insistence as to what equality activists are seeking:
"[T]hose who argue that same-sex marriage is an “equal rights” issue misunderstand that the whole issue of same-sex marriage is not about benefits and protections; instead it is about approval for behavior and gaining “normal” standing in society. Our legal system already guarantees civil rights and our contract law guarantees the right to designate beneficiaries and visitation rights. The same-sex marriage effort is about condoning behaviors, legitimizing, gaining approval and mainstreaming values and behaviors. The homosexual activists are demanding special rights above and beyond the human rights we all are guaranteed as Americans.
The activists argue that children just need “love” in the home in order to thrive, that same-sex marriage is a matter of religious freedom, and that these unions are just like heterosexual marriages. None of these myths could be further from the truth. Different household arrangements have profoundly different impacts on the children raised in those different environments. Nothing contributes to the well-being of children like living with their own married mother and father. Many of the efforts to sideline religious faith in the public square stem from the fact that the major religions oppose same-sex marriage based on the central tenets of the faith."
—Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women For America
She's soooo right. Just this morning, I woke up, kissed my husband, put on a pot of coffee, and then the two of us sat for a spell and pondered the degree of approval that Janice Shaw Crouse might be willing to apply to our marriage on this particular day. Andrew suggested we call and gauge the tone in her voice, in hopes of getting some sense of whether or not we are deemed normal enough to step out of the house. I, however, thought it might only upset her, driving Ms. Crouse to drop our ranking down a few notches. When it comes to begging our "pro-family" caretakers for our daily bread, it's best to not seem too pushy.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go ask James Dobson for a hall pass so that I can relieve myself of urine. Hopefully he'll approve. [::fingers crossed::]
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