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12/13/2013

We are 'for' marriage demands org that's never done one thing that truly supports marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization for Marriage talks and fights against same-sex marriage—daily and in full. In its six years of existence, this organization has never proposed one measure that limits divorce, ensures marital success, or in any way "strengthens" the institution. They have, however, taken away people's rights and continue to fight for a full agenda that, if left to its own unchecked devices, would see people like me legally divorced from our spouses.

But when Pope Francis talked about those Catholic conservatives who obsess about certain issues, he wasn't talking about NOM. Heavens no, claims NOM's president Brian Brown. That's because, according to Brian, NOM is actually a group working for rather than against people. Oh, and it's all out of love, natch:

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 At 7.22.34 Am"While we might seem to 'talk about those issues all the time,' it's only because our opponents' attacks on marriage never relent. We must never allow it to be in the way [Pope] Francis criticizes: we cannot speak only about them, out of context, only criticizing the bad and never praising the good.

In fact, we've striven at NOM for years to explain that it's not a matter of being "against" or "anti" anyone or anything. Rather, we are for marriage: for the essential service it provides for the good of humanity, for the role it plays in bringing men and women together and uniting them in love to one another and to their children.

Let us take heart, then, and learn the real lesson that Pope Francis's popularity teaches all of us: the overarching importance of always presenting the truth in love. There will always be those who disagree, but disagreement must never turn to hate or malice. We love every one of God's children and all His good gifts, like the wonderful gift of marriage between husband and wife. May that spirit of love be our banner always.
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NOM president Brian Brown

No, no—Not against anyone. Except, you know, for all those times NOM folks have advocated for so-called "ex-gay" therapy, vowed to divide minority groups, threatened to "sideswipe" our president mere months after he took office, vowed to ruin the careers of any legislator or judge who simply disagrees with NOM, headed to Russia to foment hostilities, boycotted companies for supporting marriage equality, or pushed yet another attempt to make life less free for the American taxpayer who happens to be gay. But you're supposed to just overlook all that. You're supposed to focus instead on the "love" that oozes out of the K Street offices.

Or you can just pay attention to what NOM employees actually do everyday (i.e. collect salaries by fostering discrimination).

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