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11/07/2013

'It may be legal but it's never going to be acceptable'

by Jeremy Hooper

Every time a marriage bill passes, I hear social conservative after social conservative utter some version of my headline. "They can make it legal but they can't make me accept it," is the basic gist.

What these social conservatives don't understand is that we just don't give a crap. We, as a movement, have no more craps to give. Unless these anti-LGBT social conservatives are personally in our lives, we don't frankly care whether or not they "accept" us. They don't own our peace of mind.

Our fight is and has always been for the CIVIL RIGHTS associated with marriage. So say this professionally anti-gay person or that career advocate for discrimination still thinks we're immoral, hell-bound, destined-to-be-miserable foes of God. Who cares? I know that this movement tends to operate with a collective ego that puts all considered opinion in their minds and their minds only, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to buy into that ego. For the most part, we don't buy into it. And by "we," I mean an ever-increasing majority of Americans.

I am 100% in support of every American holding onto every personal opinion he or she holds dear. This goes for anti-LGBT social conservatives.

Don't support us? So don't.

Don't like us? You don't have to.

Don't care to come to our engagement party? You're going to miss a really nice set of canapés.

Don't personally believe our marriages are "real" marriages? Well, we don't believe your moral authority is either fully realized or sovereign.

But you will, at the very least, tolerate our deserved rights and protections. We are done debating that.

Actually, we were done debating it long ago—it's just that the majority has finally realized that we mean business. And, more importantly, that we were, are, and always will be RIGHT about this one.

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