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NOM To Protest SCOTUS Prop 8 Hearing: 'Could Be The Roe v. Wade Of Marriage'


The haters from the National Organization for Marriage announced today that they'll rally in Washington DC on March 26th, the day the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the Proposition 8 marrage equality case.

From their press release, via Joe.My.God:

When the Supreme Court convenes to hear oral arguments in what could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage, we'll be there — and we hope you'll be there with us!

...[We] hope that you can show up in person to stand with us on March 26th for what we pray will be an unprecedented outpouring of support for society's most fundamental and sacred institution: marriage between a man and a woman.

Together, we'll stand before the Supreme Court and make sure our voices are heard that we will not allow the dismantling of marriage by Judicial fiat to happen on our watch!

Hopefully those voices will be drowned out by the majority of Americans who support marriage equality, instead of the minority who stand by discrimination and vitriol.

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    Posted by: DAN | Jan 26, 2013 10:16:41 PM

  2. and JASON.

    Posted by: DAN | Jan 26, 2013 10:17:48 PM

  3. Using interracial marriage as some kind of an analogy of how the country will more quickly come to 'accept' gay marriage, as opposed to the way it still struggles with RvW, is rather flawed.

    The general thinking that I'm inferring here is that once gay marriage is the law of the land, people will immediately see that the sky didn't fall, that their earlier fears/bigotry were unfounded and weren't necessary, and it'll quickly cease to be an issue...just like Interracial marriage. Guess what? It wasn't until 1991, nearly 25 years after Loving v. Virginia that the support of interracial marriage became more favored than opposed. Guess what again...there are still many people who don't approve of interracial marriage, and are willing to say so.

    The gay marriage debate will absolutely continue for decades after it becomes the law of the land. The naysayers aren't going to quietly accept defeat, or have an fast epiphany on the issue. If anything it'll anger them to the point where they'll cling to their opinions all the more and come up with alternative ways to separate and exclude. There will still be those city clerks who make the news for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, or at the very least will do it with rudeness.

    Religious culture will continue to preach against gay marriage long after its legalized, and that alone will continue the debate. Yes, religion is losing its power in the country, but it'll take another century for that to happen completely.

    Finally, the flagrant attitude that 'young people support marriage equality and oppose anti-gay bigotry' gets tossed around very naively. Gay teens are still being bullied in schools. They're still being kicked out of the house. They're still committing suicide. Anti-gay sentiments and epithets still get casually tossed around amongst the young. I see it all the time. Not every 12 to 25 year old is an ally, or has an indifference that leans more towards the pro-gay side of than the opposite.

    People are buying too much into how the left-leaning media tries to snow issues of empathy, tolerance and acceptance.

    Posted by: Tré | Jan 26, 2013 10:31:13 PM

  4. "Yes, religion is losing its power in the country, but it'll take another century for that to happen completely"

    Tre, I'm interested in why you think religion will completely lose its influence in another century. Surely you must know that there were many people in previous centuries who were certain that religion would be extinct by the 20th century, and they proved to be wrong. You see religion in decline and assume that the trajectory will be completely one way - in favor of religion's demise. Yet what is old to one generation can be new and fulfilling to later generations. Why are you so certain that "the decline of religion" won't become boring and a revivial of religion won't take its place?

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 26, 2013 11:08:57 PM

  5. @TRE: Of course there will be resistance from the predictable suspects, and bullying isn't going to magically evaporate with greater equality, but all evidence points to most people quickly adapting to the idea of gay couples marrying, even if they're not crazy about the idea due to homophobia. In states and countries where equality exists, support only goes up with the passing of time. 20 years ago marriage equality in my state seemed a fantasy; now, a few short years into it, overturning equality is a complete fantasy. You're buying into NOM's snow job--and the only reason they care about the issue is that it pads their wallets. Or did....even in 2013 their funds are drying up.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 26, 2013 11:12:15 PM

  6. P.S. The religious influence in my state--admittedly a non-evangelical place--was as much on the side of equality as against it. One of the largest presences in our Pride Parade this year was faith groups. and, when I got married, my mother's mainstream Presbyterian pastor was one of the first to congratulate me. Of course some of the so-called religious will dig in their heels, as some did because their Bibles told them it was ok to be racist, but if they choose to drift farther and farther out of the cultural mainstream their congregations, along with their influence, will continue to diminish.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 26, 2013 11:22:44 PM

  7. CHARLIE - it is a magnificent and workable idea to counter the Marriage March with a gay Marriage event. How media-atractive, amusing and wonderfully ironic to counter the haters with the lovers. AMERICA WILL LOVE IT.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 27, 2013 6:56:57 AM

  8. @Mary, ever go to a Church in Europe on Sunday morning for mass? There you will find a small handful or 70+ year-olds. I live in Europe and have witnessed first hand the death or religious interest. I agree with Tre. Young people everywhere see that the Church is only interested in your wallet and that most wars are routed in religion and they therefore have zero interest.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 27, 2013 10:46:42 AM

  9. *the death OF religious interest.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 27, 2013 10:47:28 AM

  10. "we will not allow the dismantling of marriage by Judicial fiat to happen on our watch"

    Really.. So, what is NOM going to do if SCOTUS rules against them? Overthrow the government? I mean, really..

    Posted by: Matt N | Jan 27, 2013 3:52:30 PM

  11. I have a t-shirt that says in big bold letters: Nobody Knows I'm Gay

    I think I'll wear that to the NOM rally.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 28, 2013 12:41:32 AM

  12. Time for the LGBT community to organize a counter march and overwhelm the haters and show support for equality. PS> Glenn you are an idiot.

    Posted by: RK | Jan 28, 2013 11:22:48 AM

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