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07/07/2014

Heritage Foundation: We need more marriage equality supporters like Beyonce and Jay-Z!

by Jeremy Hooper

Jay Z (aka Shawn Carter) not only supports marriage equality, but he actively compares its opposition to discrimination against blacks:

Beyonce is also united for marriage equality:

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[Beyonce's Instagram]

So I'm surprised, yet thrilled, that the anti-equality Heritage Foundation is now telling its supporters that we need more straight married duos like Beyonce and Jay, who understand that same-sex couples do not threaten their marriage. In a post on the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal site, Heritage Policy Analyst Rachel Sheffield makes the case that we need more people just like these Obama-supporting pop superstars. Sheffield even earned support from one of the most visible anti-equality activists out there, fellow Heritage staffer Ryan T. Anderson:

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We Need More Beyonces and Jay-Zs [Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal]

Of course Sheffield doesn't mention the fact that this couple stands strongly with equality, or that they are both staunch supporters of a married, heterosexual, Democratic President who joins them in this fight for human rights. But I will. Because you can't logically separate the two. If you think the Barack and Michelle Obama or Shawn and Beyonce Carter have good values and strong marriages, then you have to factor in their views on the full spectrum of marriage. You can't go around the country claiming that gay people do harm to marriage and family, and then raise up families who are both functional and functionally supportive of gay rights.

You can try to do that. However, you're only doing harm to your cause and your movement. So please proceed, Ms. Sheffield.

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