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04/07/2014

Why modern marriage discrimination is nothing—NOTHING! HOW DARE YOU? I'M 'PROTECTING SOCIETY!'—like its closest predecessor

by Jeremy Hooper

Congressman John Lewis is Black. John Lewis was married for forty-four years (wife Lillian passed away in 2012). John Lewis was one the biggest civil rights leaders of the 1960s. Congressman Lewis marched, fought, and bled for the cause.

This is what Congressman Lewis has to say on the subject of marriage and related discrimination:

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 At 8.57.03 Am"[T]oday I think more than ever before, we have to speak up and speak out to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. Dr. King used to say when people talked about blacks and whites falling in love and getting married — you know one time in the state of Virginia, in my native state of Alabama, in Georgia and other parts of the South, blacks and whites could not fall in love and get married. And Dr. King took a simple argument and said races don’t fall in love and get married. Individuals fall in love and get married. It’s not the business of the federal government, it’s not the business of the state government to tell two individuals that they cannot fall in love and get married. And so I go back to what I said and wrote those lines a few years ago, that I fought too long and too hard against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up and fight and speak out against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
And you hear people 'defending marriage.' Gay marriage is not a threat to heterosexual marriage. It is time for us to put that argument behind us. You cannot separate the issue of civil rights. It is one of those absolute, immutable principles. You’ve got to have not just civil rights for some, but civil rights for all of us.
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You could listen to the civil rights hero. Or you could listen to Ryan T. Anderson, an uber conservative Catholic who admits he thinks gay people need to be chaste and that Glee corrupts young people, explain why his twenty-something years of non-segregated single life give him more of a say on the subject than a man whose decades of lived experience (personally and politically) is about as up close and intimate as humanly possibly. Ryan's piece is here (*but the headline is really enough):

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Is Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage at All Like Opposition to Interracial Marriage? No. [Heritage Foundation]

For me, I gotta go with experience; with the parallels that, while obviously differentiated, do intersect in some obvious ways; and the commitment to the expansion rather than suppression of freedoms. Sorry, Ry, but I just can't go with yours, and agenda that has already tipped its hand and is now working its way backwards to "prove" that something other than personally-held animus is driving the political activism.

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*Or Mildred Loving. Or Coretta Scott King. Or Archbishop Tutu. Or...

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