Thursday, April 9, 2009

Following Victories For Equality, National Organization For Marriage Warns Of Gathering Gay Storm

The fact that the Vermont legislature overrode Republican Governor Jim Douglas's veto of a same sex-marriage bill removes, at least in this case, the conservative objection that "activist judges" are "legislating from the bench." Not that that argument has any validity; judges in Iowa who declared discrimination against same-sex couples unconstitutional correctly enforced equal protection under the law, as provided by the Fourteenth Amendment. In any event, even Newt Gingrich viewed the process in Vermont somewhat more favorably:

"The people of Vermont have every right to elect the legislators they want and if they disagree with this decision they have every right to replace them and so it is the people's branch overriding the governor, who's elected, and it's not an isolated imposition by the elite... Even for people who don't agree with the outcome, it's a much better process."

There are still conservatives, however, who object to any passage of gay marriage legislation, no matter how it is achieved. Among them are Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, who expressed himself as follows:

“It’s a bad day for the country. There is a palpable sense that something has changed and people need to get active... People are beginning to understand there is a systematic, targeted effort to get same-sex marriage through the legislatures in the Northeast to continue to work through the courts in other states, and ultimately to use these redefinitions of marriage to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act on the federal level.”

May it come to pass. Who can fathom why Mr. Brown feels so threatened and is compelled to engage in a campaign to deprive others of their rights? Despite the fact that gay marriage does not threaten anyone's straight marriage–I personally have not felt a sudden urge to divorce my wife this week–the task of the National Organization for Marriage is to boost hysteria throughout the country. Thus we have the following ad, which I must emphasize is not a parody:

The imagery of a "storm gathering" and the ideas that "my freedom will be taken away...those advocates want to change the way I live...I will have no choice" all try to foster the illusion that the everyday lives of straights will change for the worse. The Human Rights Campaign has effectively refuted the allegations recited by these paid actors. To characterize a group dedicated to discrimination as a "rainbow coalition of people of every creed and color...coming together in love to protect marriage" is pure deceit.

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