Maggie “Is Right About That”

As gay rights activists celebrate and ponder their future more and more are conceding: Maggie was right about what our movement means for traditional believers and moralists:

From Josh Goodman at HuffPo’s Gay Voices:

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, has repeatedly expressed concerns that the expansion of marriage equality means that people who voice support for a one-man-and-one-woman-only definition of marriage will be viewed as bigots. She’s right about that. . . .

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Lisa Boucher
Lisa Boucher

Bigotry is essentially about extreme intolerance. The striking irony here is that the most intolerant people in the debate are usually those who resort to emotional blackmail in an attempt to get their way. The conflation of racism with the defense of marriage is an emotionally-manipulative strategy that deliberately conjures images of African-Americans suffering under the brutality of slavery or Jim Crow. It's as if we were being led to believe that the officers of the National Organization for Marriage were similar to Bull Connor's goons — blasting fire hoses at poor, defenseless gays and lesbians. This rhetorical meme is extremely deceitful and highly insulting. There is no place for this kind of rhetoric in polite society. So yet another irony (there are so many) is that people like Josh Goodman would presume to speak with credibility about who should be "considered part of polite society" — without a trace of introspection or shame, as he insults millions of people who are wiser and more compassionate than he is.

StraightGrandmother
StraightGrandmother

I have always thought Maggie was right about this point. I do agree that people who do not separate out their religion (and let's admit it folks, it is religiously based opposition) from their responsibility of being an American citizen will be called Bigots. Bigot = "My religion calls homosexuality a sin. The Law should reflect My Religion, the majorities opinion and morality." Not a Bigot = I personally think homosexuality is a sin. However I support the Civil Rights of gays and lesbains, they should have the same Civil Rights as me. As long as people continue to deny Equal Civil Rights to Gays and Lesbians, Bi-sexual and Transgender those people, they WILL be called Bigots. Maggie IS partially right, but she does not go far enough in defining who will be called a Bigot. It is NOT everybody who disapproves of homosexuality. It is not simply adhering to your point of view for your own life, it is forcing your point of view into the force of law.

Kathleen Crank
Kathleen Crank

Dear Straight Grandmother, You seem to have rejected the notion of absolute truth. Those opposed to calling homosexual sodomy "marriage" are fans of this notion of absolute truth. Throughout history, those who stood for this truth were called bigots and many were and are being martyred for their faith. Someone's notion of right and wrong will prevail in public policy. Why not the notion that matches truth?