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02/12/2014

Indiana 'pro-marriage' commentator: Equality activists outnumbered us, were nice

by Jeremy Hooper

After so many years of covering rallies and protests and marches and whatnots, I've come to expect the anti-equality activists to followup any and every event with spin in which they claim their side Screen Shot 2014-02-12 At 9.08.09 Amwas more successful and that our side was somehow mean-spirited. So it's somewhat refreshing to see an Indiana pastor admitting that equality activists vastly outnumbered the opposition at Monday's pro- and anti-equality demonstrations and hearing at the Indiana state, and honoring the spirit of the right-side-of-history advocates who were on hand:

Eventually, the traditional marriage supporters began to trickle in to the capitol building and before long we had a fairly sizable group. Nevertheless, it was still obvious to me that our side was substantially underrepresented, being outnumbered by perhaps as much as two to one.

The entire crowd, both sides included, that was gathered at the statehouse conducted itself in a civil and orderly fashion. In fact, as I and another gentleman from my church were attempting to gain access to the viewing gallery, it was representatives from the Freedom Indiana gay lobby that pointed us in the right direction and held our signs while we waited in line.

FULL: My Thoughts From the Recent Pro-Traditional Marriage Rally in Indianapolis [BarbWire]

Well of course we're outnumbering the other side. Our cause is the winning, prospective, and positive one. It's easy to show up to claim your piece of the pie; it's difficult to show up for a fight that's so clearly going to lose.

And of course we're nice and positive, for the very same reason. We've fought so hard to get where we are. We pushed, we prodded, we cried, and we raged. We're in a really good place, even with measures like this Indiana marriage amendment still reminding us that there's still a fight ahead. It's easy to stay upbeat when your ultimate goal is so visible.

So yeah—thanks for the honesty, pastor. Now please find a way to be as charitable with your opinions about what kind of taxpayers are deserving of equality under the laws of our church/state-separated nation.

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