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Perhaps you're right, but it's hard for me not to be despondent about millions of people going into a voting booth and happily saying "no" to my equal rights, among them, very likely, people I count as friends and family. It hurts.

I'm also a bit frustrated with the marriage equality movement itself. We simply have not been focusing on the correct message or talking points. In my view, this argument should be framed along the following lines:

1. The only clear and present threat to marriage is divorce, a social problem about which gay marriage foes are doing nothing (in fact, they have some of the highest divorce rates in the country). They are certainly not promoting constitutional amendments banning divorce.

2. There is not one shred of evidence to suggest that public acceptance of homosexual marriages will lead to a diminution in the number, quality, and stability of heterosexual marriages.

The separation of church and state argument holds no water with most voters because those who oppose gay marriage have devised the euphemism of "protecting families" to cleverly disguise what is, at heart a distaste for homosexuality.

Finally, I'd like to point out that in every single debate throughout American history involving the expansion of liberties (from the abolition of slavery, to the right of women to vote) the judgment of history has always sided with progressives, not conservatives.

We will win.


That Onion article made me pee myself, especially this:

"Citizens with eyes, ears, and the ability to wake up and realize what truly matters in the end are also believed to have played a crucial role in Tuesday's election."


Yes, but how does it "protect families" when legislation like this effectively reduces the number of people who are allowed to form legally recognized families? Also, how is the cause of conservatism advanced by preventing people from taking what is, essentially, a conservative step, and committing themselves to a monogamous relationship for life?

I mean, as someone who is divorced and who currently lives not only in a European country with socialized medicine, but also IN SIN, I have to say that the very fact that gay couples want to have the option of marriage, an option many straight couples eschew in favor of cohabitation, strikes me as something that conservative, family-values touting folks would be able to see their way clear to supporting.

But, what do I know. I'm a coastal, city-dwelling liberal elitist.


I liked this part: "Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked."

Oh, and I forgot to add that in addition to being an coastal/urban liberal elitiest who has never lived in "real America" I am also, I would imagine, guilty of America-hating and godlessness.

Tara H.

I don't think there's a single quote from Jesus that says anything against same-sex marriage. But, there is this...

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets."

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