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08/05/2014

NOM chair: Marriage equality rulings are 'like we're in Stalinist Russia'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 At 8.58.55 PmThere's something fascinating going on with the anti-LGBT activists. On one hand, they are in a perpetual state of "victimhood" in which they claim all of their freedoms are under siege. But at the same time, they are disproving their own claims by continually demonstrating that America is still very much a place where folks have the freedom to speak as much hyperbole as they like:

“We keep making the argument of the importance of marriage, that it takes a man and a woman to make a child and that the state can’t continue to redefine that if civilization’s policy goal is to support families rather than water down marriage to be about any adult relationship,” said former Chapman University Law School dean John Eastman, a constitutional law scholar and chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). “These judges keep saying that’s not what marriage is. Based on what? It’s like we’re in Stalinist Russia.”
FULL: Same-sex marriage foes hope to turn tide at mega-hearing in Cincinnati [Al Jazeera America]
(h/t: J.M.G.)

Stalin's Russia was defined by top-down demands to which the citizenry had to subscribe sans proper checks and balances. If anyone is more ably invoking that spirit, it's John Eastman and anyone else who demands that marriage must be one thing—and one thing only!—despite what proper court (and other) tests have proven.

I so "love" how these poor, poor practitioners of the pro-discrimination movement now overlook the years of freedom-robbing they so proudly waged at our expense so that they can portray themselves as the maligned. I very much remember when they enthusiastically applauded court (and all other) developments that went their way, coupled with the suggestion that these anti-LGBT markers made us more American. But now, since they are on the opposite end of fate, they take all outcomes that cast an unfavorable shadow onto their cause and spin them into something unsavory. Something untoward. It's not enough for them to just express disapproval or even vengeance—they have to suggest that these same kinds of developments, when they play out our way rather than theirs, are akin to actual historical blights.

It's bad history. From sore losers.

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