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07/29/2013

PA protestor claims God called her about marriage; I challenge her to produce that voicemail

by Jeremy Hooper

Protestors have been demonstrating in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in opposition to county register Wills D. Bruce Hanes’ decision to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This is the gist of the messaging:

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**Photo source and report: Protestors Pray In Pennsylvania County Office Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses [Mediatrackers]

Okay, so a few things.

  1. We are talking about civil law. No one on the side of equality—no elected official, clerk, activist, etc—is seeking any change in how religious institutions move forward on this issue. Churches have always had the freedom to deny couples for just about any reason, and they always will. No one is trying to usurp this. Even if the opposition refuses to hear that fact, it doesn't make it any less so.

  2. Who says that marriage equality is a straying from God? For one, I know quite a few religious gays who love their Lord and their freedom. But also, marriage is a system designed around stability, family, and commitment—all "godly" concepts. I'm pretty tired of the idea that the folks who brandish their faith in the loudest or most hostile ways are the only ones who get to speak on the subject of morality.

  3. Did God really call you, nice person of PA? Like for reals—did he ring you up and say, "Hey girl, grab some poster board and get out there!" I mean, those big bold letters suggest that he did, and lying is definitely something that all faiths put up there on the sin list, so I have to believe that God really did call. Which leads me to wonder what, exactly, his message said. And where did he reach you? Did you have to ask him to call back because you were in the middle of dinner (and don't you hate that?!)? Where is the voicemail that you can share with the rest of the world?

    I ask all of this sincerely, taking you at your bold faced claim that "GOD CALLED." I want to hear the message too!! Why hide it?

And if she can't produce the message, she can't prove that I and my husband of ten years are anti-God, and she can't convince a church-separated state that religion is a requirement for civil marriage? Well then, I guess she's going to have to let those nice gays marry. Fortunately for this PA sign holder, she really has nothing to lose.

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