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We're not driven by animus, say groups that are known for showing animus toward gay couples

by Jeremy Hooper

You guys, the Southern Baptists and other groups who are known for their longheld resistance to anything having to do with gay acceptance, both within their own pews and within public policy, are tired of you accusing them of animus. They say so in a new amicus brief filed in the 8th Circuit:

In the friend-of-the-court brief, the [Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission] and the other organizations say the frequent accusation that defenders of the biblical, traditional definition of marriage "are motivated by 'anti-gay animus'" is "false and offensive." This charge by advocates of same-sex marriage "is intended to suppress rational dialogue and civil conversation, to win by insult and intimidation rather than by persuasion, experience, and fact," they say in the brief.

The ERLC joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the brief. The same organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief last February with the 10th Circuit Court in defense of laws in Oklahoma and Utah restricting marriage to heterosexual couples. In June, however, the 10th Circuit upheld lower court rulings invalidating the measures.

FULL: ERLC joins brief at 8th Circuit defending marriage [BP News]

So don't call it animus. Call it Judy. Call it Thumper. Call it strawberry sundae, if that sounds better. But when you spend decades attacking a certain minority population's rights so fully that nine-out-of-ten Americans would easily pinpoint your attitude for what it is and has been for as long as any of us can remember, don't further disrespect us by suggesting your actions are something other than hostile and oppositional.

These groups have their reputations because they worked very hard to earn them. That's not on us, darlings.

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