Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NOM is certainly predictable

Earlier I wrote that I was patiently waiting for National Organization for Marriage to come unglued over Hawaii. Less than an hour later …

Cue the victims!
In his comments announcing the special session Governor Abercrombie made several other outrageous claims. For example, he claims with a straight face that marriage can be redefined "without violating the religious principals of anybody in this state."
That would be laughable if it weren't such a serious issue. All you need to do is look at the landscape littered with the remnants of liberty forcibly stripped from people of faith who stood in the public square for true marriage — bakers and florists sued, innkeepers fined and forced to exit the wedding industry, photographers punished, people threatened with loss of employment, small businesses targeted and threatened, and religious charities forced to close, among many other examples.
What these people think they are entitled to is a religious exemption from obeying valid anti-discrimination laws. Even Justice Antony Scalia says that is an absurd request.

Actually, what these people really, really want is to be victims. That way they think that they are posing a secular reason for opposing marriage equality. NOM would not exist were it not for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Who do these people think they are fooling?

The 2008 hyperbolic nonsense no longer works because people are smarter than Brian Brown gives them credit for being. What will they resort to, in desperation, next? “Gay marriage will be taught it schools?” Frank Schubert, NOM's political director, seems to have exhausted that one as well.
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