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09/12/2014

Count the lies in this Values Voter Summit description

by Jeremy Hooper

This is a writeup for a breakout session that will be held in two weeks at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit:

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[VV Summit]

#1: It's not just "the left" that believes marriage equality is inevitable. Prominent activists who were on the front lines of the "protect marriage" fight, like Maggie Gallagher and Jennifer Roback Morse, have admitted that fifty-state marriage equality is inevitable.

#2: The four most recent marriage votes have gone for equality, not discrimination. So no, you cannot rightly say that "the American people continue to support [marriage inequality] with their votes" or...

#3: ..."their actions," either, when you consider how much same-sex marriage is now a part of our culture. When it was the plot line for the season finale of the top-rated Modern Family, viewers didn't revolt—they tuned in. To name one example.

#4: No, polling does not show "a strong majority of voters continues to believe that marriage can only be between one man and one woman." That is an abject lie. All credible polling from the last few years shows a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality.

#5: With lower court after lower court going against the constitutionality of state marriage bans and DOMA already dismantled at the Supreme Court, it is not a "very real possibility" that the high Court is going to allow state to continue to deny same-sex couples. It's a possibility, sure, since we can't ever know the court's thinking until they reveal it. But it's illogical to believe that this same court that went with us last year is going to go against us next year, particularly when you consider how much has happened in the interim. The "very real possibility," like the future in general, belongs to marriage equality.

But have a nice panel, fellas.

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