Thursday, February 5, 2015

Perkins fibs about support for marriage equality

I give Tony Perkins credit. Perkins, who heads the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, sure knows his audience. He knows that he has an incurious constituency. They are eager to buy whatever Perkins is selling. In an email to supporters Wednesday evening, Mr. Perkins indulges in a rant opposing marriage equality.
Thirty-three states may recognize same-sex "marriage," but not because voters asked them to! For the last several months, the Left has been trying to build this false narrative about the groundswell of support for same-sex "marriage." As we've seen from the string of activist courts, there may be a shift in the courts -- but not the court of public opinion. In fact, as Pew Research points out, support for the redefinition of civilization's oldest institution has actually dropped.

First of all it is 36 states that recognize same-sex marriage. In a few days that number is likely to increase to 37 as Alabama joins the 21st century.

Secondly, as for public opinion, Tony links to a September 24, 2014 story in Lifesite News claiming that, according to a Pew Poll, support for marriage equality is slipping. That's not exactly what Pew concluded on the same day which is why Perkins doesn't link to the source:
Here's the graph, again from September 24, 2014:
Of course this is all somewhat irrelevant. Equal protection and due process are not attained through popularity. Perkins goes on:
Unfortunately, this hasn't stopped the media from trying to convince America that the courts' decisions are somehow an accurate reflection of what the people believe. Of course, the irony is: if voters were actually with the Left on this issue, there wouldn't be a need for the courts to intervene! In reality, people in only three of those 33 states have actually voted for the agenda the President's minority is pushing—the others were court-imposed or legislatively-invented.
I would remind Mr. Perkins, who has direct connections to David Duke and the Klan, that they did not take any votes to desegregate the South. Moreover, Brown v. Board of Education wasn't up for popular vote. Perkins stumbles ahead:
The goal is -- and has always been -- to make Americans feel as if same-sex "marriage" is not only inevitable, but that they're powerless to push back against it. That's a lie, as courageous leaders like Mike Huckabee, judges like Roy Moore, and conservatives like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are proving with outspoken support for the people's right to uphold natural marriage. Still, liberals press on, enlisting the courts in their march to fundamentally transform society.
The reason that national marriage equality has been inevitable has little to do with activism and even less to do with the media. It has traction because opponents have yet to offer a reasonably coherent argument against it. To this day nobody has been able to say “look at the horrible things that have occurred in Massachusetts because of same-sex marriage.” Huckabee and Roy Moore are cranks who quote scripture. Rubio and Cruz are simply cynical politicians. Well, Cruz is crazy as well. But I digress. If we have fundamentally transformed society it is because we made it fairer and more compassionate. What is wrong with that?

Perkins and his friends have filed hundreds of amicus briefs in scores of courts across the country. Not one of those has offered so much as one tangible consequence of same-sex marriage. We know that same-sex marriage benefits the participants and their children. What tilts the scale in favor of bans? Conservative Christian and Papal interpretations of scripture?

One more paragraph and I'm done with this nonsense, at least for the moment:
In Alabama, home to Judge Moore, elected officials are asking the Supreme Court to intervene and put same-sex "weddings" on hold. The state's attorney general wants to avoid the chaos that's erupted in states like Utah, where couples were allowed to "marry" and then thrown into legal limbo when a higher court stayed the ruling.
Yes, yes, the word weddings in defensive quotes. How about  “Family” Research Council? In reality, the state's attorney wants to avoid the evils of “homosexual marriage” in Christianist Alabama. The way to avoid the chaos that Perkins claims is a concern is simply not to request stays. Problem solved.

Meanwhile, I wonder which three equality states Perkins doesn't think count and why. You know what? Maybe it is better not to give a shit about Perkins' Christian calculus.

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