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05/07/2013

One New Yorker pushing the lie that 'every New Yorker is living the lie'

by Jeremy Hooper

This is an outrageous lie:

"In New York, we were promised that the religious freedom amendment to our same-sex marriage legislation would do the job," said the Rev. Jason McGuire, CEO of the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation. "Our legislators bought the lie and today every New Yorker is living the lie." [TwinCities.com]

I, a legally married gay man, live in New York. I have family and friends (from all political perspectives) scattered throughout the state. I follow New York news as closely as some follow sports scores or Kardashians, and I follow LGBT-centered news to the point of obsession. New Yorkers do not feel like they've been "living a lie" in the nearly two years since marriage equality came to the state!

McguireFor "proof," McGuire (pic.) cites a business that wants to limit its marriage offerings to only opposite-sex couples and a town clerk who wanted to take a break whenever a same-sex couple asked her to perform her lawful duty. But living in a nondiscriminatory society does not equal "living a lie." The real lie is coming from the far-right groups that tell impressionable people like this clerk and this business owner that they have a "right" to flout nondiscrimination laws!

But the bigger point is that even these fake "martyrs" are exceedingly rare in New York state. Even the desperate-to-victimize groups like NOM and NYFRF have been hard pressed to find such cases in the Empire State. To say that the majority of New Yorkers are even concerned with marriage equality would be a stretch. To say that most New York residents feel like they are "living a lie" because of their gay neighbors' legal unions? Well that is itself an egregious lie (*from a man who claims his duty belongs to God).

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