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04/17/2014

Former NOM sr. associate admits shift: Moving away from intellectual arguments, focusing on spiritual

by Jeremy Hooper

Jennifer Roback Morse, who was one of the National Organization For Marriage's top surrogates in the years between Prop 8 and the Supreme Court cases, is just one of the latest to pretty much admit that her side has lost the argument. In a recent speech to Biola University, Morse admits that [a] the Supreme Court essentially issued a "rolling Roe v. Wade" that will ultimately give marriage equality to the entire nation and [b] that she must now, begrudgingly, move on to arguments base more in the emotional and the spiritual (read: her opinions) rather than stick with the arguments that keep losing in courts, legislatures, and voting booths.

You can watch the full talk if you care about her views on career women delaying their choices to start families (the topic of this speech). But for the purposes of this post, you only need to watch the first four minutes:

The thing is, this is where these "pro-family" folks should have always been directing their energy. Had they spent their time working on shaping the culture, helping those who subscribe to their beliefs, maintaining certain views within their churches, and pushing for more people to live in accordance with their faith views, few of us would have had any problem with their work. Most of us wouldn't have even noticed them, frankly.

The problem, of course, is that the instead chose to take this very same basis and inject it into matters of shared public policy. They attempted to use their faith-driven opposition as a way to reject our civil rights. And that is, obviously, why they ended up losing the intellectual argument. They attempted to overreach and eventually people caught on.

So now Ms. Roback Morse is going to focus on "cleaning up" messes that she sees involving but not limited to LGBT rights? Fine! Grab a mop and a broom and start washing away all perceived ills. Just don't go to court and claim that your personally-held and theologically-driven perception is a mandate to shape public policy.

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