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02/12/2014

NOM's increasing desperation: Now with more polygamy!

by Jeremy Hooper

With absolutely nothing from the kitchen sink sticking to any wall in any area, the National Organization For Marriage is now raising the incline on its fear-geared "slippery slope." Check out this noise, reacting to today's decision (by a conservative judge, importantly) that the state of Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex unions:

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 At 7.51.53 Pm "If the decision is upheld, Kentucky will have to recognize as marriages same-sex relationships that were given marriage certificates in other nations, but there is no reason to limit the ruling to same-sex relationships"..."Presumably, Kentucky will also be forced to recognize as 'marriage' polygamous and other marriages that were valid in the country in which they were performed. This drives a stake through the heart of Kentucky's profound policy judgment, and through the reasoning of the Windsor decision that instructed the lower courts to respect such state policy judgments."

National Org. For Marriage Chairman John Eastman

Such hogwash. The idea that every door is opened because of the same-sex marriage movement's long fight is deeply offensive to all of the men and women who worked so damn hard to get us where we are today. We are where we are today because we did the heavy lifting and we made the proper case. The Bush-appointed judge made this point himself, in a special section of the ruling specifically designed to answer common criticisms:

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"Virtually compelled." And that is because of a lot of sweat on the part of equality advocates everywhere.

Anyone else wishing to achieve such results on any other new consideration of our marriage policy—and as Americans, we all have the free will to propose any number of new ideas—must make their own cases that will then be judged on their merits. Our courts are not just going to accept any and every marriage question without the proper tests based, all such tests must be, in the laws of our land.

And John Eastman knows this—he just knows that he can score a few scare points if he portrays gays as Pandora and our unions as a box of never-ceasing ills. It's called desperation; it's the opposite of where we are in our decidedly (and happily) countermovement.

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**BTW, there's a lot of good in Judge Heyburn's ruling. It's worth a look:

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ruling by tpmdocs

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