Friday, June 13, 2014

No it ain't Roe

“National Organization for Marriage is far more interested in its continued existence than anything that has a societal benefit.”

Today National Organization for Marriage cites an article in Crisis Magazine written by Kenneth D. Whitehead. NOM's post is titled Marriage Debate Far From Over. The piece is titled Marriage Takes a Beating and I recently wrote about it as well. Needless to say NOM's observations and mine are quite different.

NOM spokespeople have frequently made the comparison of “defending marriage” to Roe v. Wade. Both matters, they claim, are not settled irrespective of any judicial decisions that they do not like. According to NOM:

Kenneth D. Whitehead recently wrote in Crisis Magazine that the marriage debate is far from over.  A court-imposed redefinition of marriage will not settle the debate, he wrote, nor will government coercion of bakers, photographers, or florists who refuse to participate in same-sex "weddings."
According to Whitehead:
The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which was supposed to have “settled” the equally contentious abortion issue, instead succeeded only in bringing about some 40-plus years of continual agitation and strife, which still goes on today. The legalization of gay marriage is going to produce the same kind of result.
Wrong. The public is not going to get hysterical over something that has no impact on them, or anyone else for that matter. Sidewalk agitators are not going to show up at weddings screaming “Don't marry that man. PLEASE DON'T DESTROY MARRIAGE. You will roast in hell.” There is nothing about same-sex marriage to get really worked up about other than the fact that the Catholic Church disapproves of it.

People who oppose reproductive choice believe that abortion is the taking of a human life. I heartily disagree but at least I can understand their concern. Gay marriage? Who really cares? Most people with immediate family members who are gay are hoping that he or she finds someone and gets married. Eventually marriage equality will get through the Supreme Court. It could be as early as a year from now. When that happens marriage discrimination in the United States is done. Finished. Over.

National Organization for Marriage is far more interested in its continued existence than anything that has a societal benefit. The Church is entitled not to approve of same-sex marriage. However, they have no right to impose that on everyone else.

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