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By The Reverend Published: May 10, 2012

Responding to President Obama's statement yesterday in favor of gay marriage, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage said this.....

“God is the author of marriage, and we will not let an activist politician like Barack Obama who is beholden to gay marriage activists for campaign financing to turn marriage into something political that can be redefined according to presidential whim,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement.

Whether gay Americans should have the right to marry, just like heterosexual couples can, is an issue of equal rights. What the question of gay marriage does not have anything to do existing or future heterosexual marriages. If gay couples are given the legal right to marry, heterosexual marriages are not, somehow, threatened or endangered.The idea that if gays can legally be married, somehow heterosexual marriage is threatened has always been a red herring.

The conservative claim that.....'homosexuals marrying threatens traditional marriage' has never made any sense, and especially so in light of the 50%+ divorce rate enjoyed by religious and non-religious hetero couples at the beginning of 21st century America. If a gay couple living together on your street right now happened to get would that threaten your own "traditional" hetero marriage? Answer: it wouldn't.

So, I have never given one smidgeon of credibility to the fundamentalist conservative claim that if gays are given legal status to marry, then, somehow, "traditional" hetero marriage would be threatened. And when you factor in that back in the 60's we heard the exact same claims by the same fundamentalist conservative types over inter-racial marriage, it's easy to understand how the knees of these folks automatically jerk in response to anything that sounds like it contradicts the "scriptures."

So, couples marrying do not threaten "traditional" hetero marriages. That claim is simply a diversionary distraction. But what about the claim that...."God is the author of marriage." ? That hetero marriage, itself, is a religious institution ordained by "god", and that that "god" never ordained anything other than hetero marriage? What about those "scriptures" which describe homosexuals as vile and repulsive sinners who will be thrown into a lake of fire which burns eternally?

The Judeo-Christian-Islamic "god" has reportedly "said" a lot of things that American religious conservatives do not abide by.....for example, "slaves, obey your masters" and god's chosen should not partake of the "unclean" swine. Should pork products, then, be banned in the U.S. and slavery re-instated because "god authored" those commands? If not, why not?

Or, could it be....that "god" did not authorize marriage....humans did. This, of course, is true of all words attributed to "god." The very obvious truth.....obvious when all pre-determined biases and prejudices are set that in the beginning man created god...and then proceeded to credit a whole traincar load of stuff as having been said by "god".

The existence of so many religious denominations and groups in America, all claiming that they know what "god" has said, what "god" has commanded, is why our Framers kept "god" out of our founding documents. Yes, Jefferson penned the words....."We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...".......but it has been man, not god, who has determined what those Rights should be. In fact, god has remained silent.

Furthermore, how do the words, "all men are created equal", endowed on "all" men by a "creator", relate to our 100 year acceptance of slavery and 100 more years of unequal rights for black "men" allegedly "created equal"? How "self-evident" was it in 1787 that black men had been "created" equally?

True democracy which claims that all men are created equally.....evolves and adapts as more truth becomes "self-evident." Religion, on the other hand, rarely evolves or adapts....and because of that reality.....has proven to be on the opposite side of evolving forms of freedom and liberty and equality as they became more and more "self-evident."

Gay marriage is one of those evolving freedoms. To the chagrin of many outspoken opponents, the equality of gays being able to legally marry is becoming more and more "self-evident" to more and more Americans as time goes by. In a generation, prohibitions on gay marriage will go the way of prohibitions on inter-racial marriages. A large majority of young people in America already think total equal rights for gays, including the right to marry, are "self-evident."

Finally,.....Foxian conservatives are pummeling Obama over his statement on gay marriage yesterday. The most popular criticism is that Obama is simply acting politically with an eye towards November. Obama needs to endear gay donors to his re-election campaign and so Obama's statement is just 100% pure political posturing.....Obama is just rallying his libtard base, as it were.

Personally, I don't give a damn what Obama's motivations were in defending gay marriage now. Obama's statement took courage. If you don't agree, just watch what the conservative critics do with his statement all the way to November. No, I don't give a damn what motivated Obama to say what he said.......what he said rings true, and is in line with the words of Jefferson....."all men are created equal".....words which more and more Americans are finding apply to gays and lesbians as "self-evident."

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