Friday, May 23, 2014

I just received my invite from Family Research Council

 “It is the everyone clap real hard for Tinkerbell approach.”

Robby George (chairman emeritus of National Organization for Marriage) is no longer on the board of the hate group, Family Research Council. Nevertheless, NOM and FRC continue to work closely together promoting marriage discrimination. Today I received, via email, my “Invitation to Join the National March for Marriage.” It came from FRC which is one of the sponsors. Presumably I am supposed to be flattered by the invite. I am not.

FRC's  missive contains the usual blather including; “Marriage matters for our society because it is the institution that brings together a man and a woman to be father and mother to their children.” That line has been in every amicus brief ever filed in opposition to marriage equality.  It hasn't worked yet but it just sounds so compelling. Or at least they think that it does. Critical thinkers know that it is a blatant lie.
FRC and NOM are faced with a common problem that they are desperate to address; The idea that national marriage equality is a near-term certainty:
We know that the fight over the definition of marriage is not over, despite recent media celebration of judicial activism. Just last week, new polling came out showing a majority of Americans still oppose redefining marriage-a reality contrary to the notion that same-sex unions inevitably will be accepted as marriage. Because a national debate over what marriage is and should be is still occurring, it's all the more important that we boldly and winsomely stand for the importance of marriage.
These organizations are committed to the concept that their constituency is stupid. Perhaps they are. Just this week, Gallup reported that “55% of Americans support same-sex marriage, the highest on record, reflecting Americans' changing perspective on gay marriage.” Exactly what poll is FRC referring to? Apparently, anything goes when you are trying to raise money in opposition to the inevitable. They make a cynical calculation that their audience lacks intellectual curiosity.

Yet, more than anything, it is this “national debate” that they are trying to sell. It is the everyone clap real hard for Tinkerbell approach. The reality is quite different. Since last summer, when the Supreme Court decided United States v. Windsor, the debate has moved from the public square to courtrooms around the country. There, judges have uniformly concluded that denying gay citizens the right to marry interferes with their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. In Pennsylvania, Judge Jones even cited Brown v. Board of Education1 in his 39 page opinion. His was the sharpest rebuke of marriage discrimination and he was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush with the full-throated support of Knight Templar Rick Santorum.

Those are the realities that relegate this marriage march to a being futile enterprise regardless of attendance numbers. It could be beneficial for fund raising but it will change nothing. Yesterday they announced, with great joy and excitement, that Mike Huckabee was going to be a speaker at the march. His speech is a sound that will not be heard inside America's courtrooms.
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1“The issue we resolve today is a divisive one. Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection. Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the rightfully discarded doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ See Brown v. Board of Education … ”
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