Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Morse e-mail: "NEWSFLASH: You Don’t Get To Decide What Marriage Is"

Jennifer Roback Morse
Jennifer Roback Morse wants you to know that you don't get to decide what marriage is. Her little fairy tale:

Once upon a time there was a man and a man. They fell in love and decided to get married. They planned a large wedding in a beautiful church. …

On the big day, all their family and friends came. … They were very happy.

After a few years, one of the men slowly became convinced that he was not living the way God wanted him to live. He eventually submitted his life to Jesus Christ, and sought a divorce. He started going to a church that disagreed with same-sex marriage and made a lot of friends there. He had gotten to know a Christian woman there, and they became close friends. He told her of his past life and she didn’t seem to care. They loved each other and decided to marry.
This continues to the Ruth Institute website. Ruth Institute is designated a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. I'll get back to the email in a moment but this polemic was originally posted to a site called ClashDaily with Doug Giles. I don't know who this Mr. Giles is but the home page includes stories like “PUSSIFICATION: Ridiculous Bill Calls For ENDING Military CIGAR Donations” and “WATCH: Black Thug Tries To Kill Cops With Car – Wicked Video Footage” and “LMAO: Seagal Opens MAJOR Can Of Whup Ass Up On HILLARY – You’ll LOVE It.” Morse always keeps it classy.

Getting back to the email and a very lengthy blog post, the long and short of it is that according to conservative Christianity the man was never married in the first place. Therefore the divorce doesn't count. Apparently the minister who married the men wasn't really a Christian. Only the Church and conservative Protestants can make that claim. Only they get to decide what their god wants.

If in fact, at least for Morse, the Catholic Church decides what marriage is then same-sex marriages don't count. Then why does Morse have such a persistent problem with same-sex marriage? Indeed, Ruth Institute is designated a hate group because of Morse's odious objections to same-sex marriage. In doing so, Morse is intent on propagated false information about gay people. Morse's thinking is rooted in Catholic doctrine which states that gay people are objectively disordered. Nevertheless, the Church's teaching is clear so why is Morse obsessed with the civil marriages of gay people?

In point of fact neither Morse nor the Church decide what marriage is insofar as it is a legal construct. That decision is made by the government and the Supreme Court has ruled that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. Most of us do not care whether or not Morse or the Church recognize our marriages. Our interest is, and always has been, the legal recognition of those unions. Some of us believe in a god who is not homophobic. Suppose those people are right? That god might be awfully pissed off at folks like Morse and their vitriol towards some of their fellow citizens. In most versions of god he is opposed to arrogance.

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