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06/19/2014

Today in saying-it-but-not-living-it: 'Our #march4marriage, with its sole intent of denying civil rights, is really about love'

by Jeremy Hooper

Human Life International is one of the many Catholic organizations that is sponsoring NOM's March For Marriage, pitting their personal religious beliefs against shared public policy that makes room for LGBT taxpayers. But don't worry, my fellow married and would-like-the-option-to-marry gay people of America. Because ya see, what they are engaging in is actually a "love" march:

In short, we are here marching for marriage out of love: Love for our fellow Americans, love for our country and in gratitude for the religious freedom that allows us to demonstrate our love of God by telling the truth in the public square.

We love our fellow citizens, our neighbors, enough to tell them the truth about what marriage is and why it’s important – even though some might find this truth hard to accept. Marriage is not just a marker of social acceptance, and it’s not simply the state-recognized union of any two (or more) people who decide to be together to fulfill their own personal wants and desires. At its core, marriage is the union of a man and woman ordered toward the procreation and education of children. Marriage is something. Marriage means something. Marriage has a purpose. Recognizing this truth and sharing it with others is not an act of disrespect, but an act of love.
FULL: Open Letter to Congress: Why We’re Marching for Marriage [HLI]

I am so bloody sick of these anti-gay activists saying this stuff and thinking they can get away with it. It's the same thing Bishop Salvatore Cordileone did in his lie-filled comment on the March. "We're not against anyone—we're pro-marriage" is the theme of today's action.

The truth, of course, is that today's march is against the continued trend that is marriage equality. If NOM had its way, it would roll back all of its (many, many, many) losses. If NOM were able to achieve its goals, people like me would be legally divorced from our spouses and legally estranged from our kids. That is not an overstatement: that is what they want to do. And considering many of the speakers, NOM's own president included, have advocated for so-called "ex-gay" therapy (or the Catholic-preferred celibacy option), it's likely that a great many who will be speaking and marching today would like to go even further than just our ring fingers.

So groups like HLI can say this is about "love." They can also say that grass is chartreuse, that Meryl Streep is a terrible actress, and that strawberry sundaes serve the body as well as oxygen. Saying nonsensical things doesn't make them any more true. Bearing false witness is bearing false witness, even (especially?) if it's in the name of God.

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