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Here's Duncan Black from the Eschaton blog asking why those opposed to gay marriage care so passionately about the issue....
I get why abortion opponents care about abortion. If you think something is murder, it makes sense to oppose it. But why do marriage equality opponents care about it? I mean, as with most subjects, you can have an opinion on something without caring much about it. Whatever you might think about it, however you might vote on it, how can so many people be involved in an anti-same sex marriage movement? It's so weird.
Weird? Not really. Not if one understands the influence of religion in America. First, let's take the evangelical opposition to marriage equality....
Erick Erickson of redstate.com is a devout evangelical Christian. From the moment Senator Rob Portman announced his acceptance of gay marriage, Erickson has been conducting a preach-a-thon in defense of evangelical Christianity. Go here, or here if you think I'm kidding.
In his post entitled "I Believe" Erickson confesses all the evangelical teachings he believes in....including this one...
Yes, I believe there were two cities named Sodom and Gomorrah and yes I do believe they were destroyed for rampant sin including deviating from God’s intentions sexually (translation: homosexuality).
Remember what the highly-respected evangelicals, Rev. Jerry Falwell and Rev. Pat Robertson, said after 9-11?
Falwell: " I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American way....all of them who have tried to secularize America...I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."
Robertson: "I totally concur....and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible..."
As silly as it may seem in the 21st century.....evangelical Christians actually believe that normalizing gay and lesbian marriage will bring god's angry and violent judgement down upon the United States....just as god did in the Jewish myth of Sodom and Gomorrah. They actually do believe this stuff.
That is why a couple of days ago, Mike Huckabee said if the Republican Party endorses gay marriage, evangelical support for the GOP will be withdrawn....
Mike Huckabee says that if the GOP embraces same-sex marriage, “evangelicals will take a walk.”
The other member of the anti-marriage equality movement is the Catholic Church. Unlike evangelicals, Catholic leaders rarely speak of god punishing Americans collectively because of the normalization of gay marriage. Not how they roll. Instead, Catholic leaders are more worried about themselves and their reputations, such as they are.
In a very odd interview on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl was asked by Fox's Chris Wallace how the church would respond if bans on gay marriage were ruled unconstitutional. Prefacing his response with this unintended irony....."The church is probably -- with 20 centuries of experience -- the most understanding of the human condition of any institution"......the D.C. Cardinal went on to say this....
"The only thing I worry about is someone saying to me, 'You, because you believe that sex is intended for marriage and because you believe that marriage is indissoluble and because you believe that marriage is between a man and a woman that somehow you don't belong here, that somehow this is bigotry or this is hate speech.' That's what I worry about. There has to be room enough in a society as large, as free as pluralistic as America to make space for all of us."
Yes, the Cardinal actually said that his only worry was that Church leaders will be called bigots and mouthpieces for hate speech if gay marriage is normalized.
Apparently, the only worry that Catholic Church leaders have over the normalization of gay and lesbian marriage is whether or not the Church will be able to continue voicing their bigotry against gays without others calling them....bigots. You see, it's all about the Church leaders and whether they'll be able to continue to treat gays and lesbians as second class Church citizens. In this warped anti-matter viewpoint over normalizing gay and lesbian marriage, the exclusionists, the bigots, see themselves as the victims.
So, there we have it. The answers to Duncan Black's question...."how can so many people be involved in an anti-same sex marriage movement?"
1) Devout evangelicals are involved because they're trying to "save" the nation from god's retribution.
2) Catholic authoritarians are worried that they will become the victims, unable to openly continue their practice of discrimination against gays as they have done with their discrimination of women.