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06/25/2014

Video: #March4Marriage attendees 'don't hate' us enough to tell us we're wrong, unequal, in need of 'the truth'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 At 8.59.08 Am Just like last year, when she pushed the claim that there were 15,000 people at a march that featured about 12,000 less than that, I'm sure Katie Yoder of the anti-gay Media Research Center thought she was helping when she and her team put together this video of carefully selected March For Marriage attendees expressing their "love" for gay people. But considering virtually all of them make it clear that their form of "love" involves "saving" gay people from ourselves, she actually manages to exacerbate the harms that NOM's little stunt brought to the larger "protect marriage" movement.

The clip:

It's so annoying the way the anti-equality crowd used this "we love them enough to..." line as some sort of an escape chute. While some of them surely mean it (or at least think they do), the intent within their heart is not the point here. The point is that they are pushing policy that strips us of civil rights and ideas that, if carried out to their logical ends, would "free" us from our sexual orientations. Whether that is done with a smile or an angry placard, it is still wrong. And harmful. And offensive.

It is sweepingly clear that the majority of attendees at NOM's little PR stunt were there because they don't think people should be gay. Period. And as Americans, they have a right to believe that, just as NOM as a right to advocate in that way. But they have to start owning it.

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