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09/16/2013

CT 'family' group watching friends move to history's right side; doesn't care for new neighborhood

by Jeremy Hooper

The Connecticut Family Institute is claiming "betrayal" after a local state senator who is running for Congress as a Republican came out in support of marriage equality:

Former state Sen. Dan Debicella, a Republican candidate for Congress in Connecticut’s 4th District, said in the September 12th, 2013 Shelton Herald:

“I am pro-choice,” he said. “I’ve always been pro-choice. I’m pro-stem cell research. I’m pro-gay marriage. I am very, very liberal on a lot of social issues.”

Family Institute of Connecticut Action president Peter Wolfgang responded, “Dan Debicella’s comments to the Shelton Herald are a flip-flop on marriage and a betrayal of Connecticut’s pro-family voters. Debicella told FIC in 2006 that he supported the traditional definition of marriage, in 2007 he was one of only three state senators to vote against forcing Catholic hospitals to provide the potentially abortifacient Plan B drug and in 2008 FIC’s political action committee openly endorsed him for state senate.
KEEP READING: Debicella Flip-Flops on Marriage [CT Family]

This is happening to all of these groups, in every state across the nation. The marriage equality landscape has so drastically changed in the past seven years that no one's past opposition can be counted on anymore. At this point, it wouldn't surprise me to hear that a former Federal Marriage Amendment sponsor had switched to the right side of this issue. The movement has been that swift and dramatic, thanks to the winning case that we on the equality side have so diligently made.

The truth is that groups like the Connecticut Family Institute are the ones doing the betraying. They are betraying the principles of our Constitution, the rights of citizenship, the proper divide between personal faith opinion and shared civil policy, and the very nature of good community building. They were betraying these principles back when they had a much larger and easier to come by support base, it's just that the public is now increasingly clued in to their game. The same public that is witnessing so many loving couples marry without incident and so many "protect marriage" canards roundly defeated by the sound reasoning of the marriage equality movement is starting to understand that this whole "protect marriage" thing was and is a big ol' ruse.

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