The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) had a march on Thursday. For the second time, they had a March For Marriage in Washington, D.C. and, for the second time, it was more hype than substance.
Among the speakers at the event — with an estimated 2,000 maximum attendance — were Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS). It should be noted that many of the attendees were bussed in: Spanish-speaking New Yorkers who really didn’t know why they were there. They were told it was a free trip to “visit the monuments.” Most of them spoke very little english according to Equality Matters, whose reporters approached several of them.
The rally, which met at the Capitol building and ended up with a march to the steps of the Supreme Court, claimed it was pro-marriage. Not anti anything or anyone. But signs held by attendees belied that claim. As did speeches.
Huelskamp, sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, spoke about being a “real man.” No, really. According to him, a “real man” would never support marriage equality because he needs to protect his wife. From what? Maybe he thinks that if women can legally marry other women, they will leave their husbands in an orgy of lesbian bonding. Or something. See if you can figure it out:
“Your woman, your wife, she needs you, it’s time you become a real man and stand up. Be a real man of God because this is about you and your wife and your children.”
Yeah, I couldn’t either. Look, I’ve been married for 33 years. I’ve had many gay friends during that time and not once was I tempted to dump my husband to run off with a woman. Nor was he tempted to run off with a man. And we’ve known some darn good-looking gay folks of both genders. Have you seen that meme (paraphrasing because I can’t find it), “Thinking gay marriage will ruin your marriage is like thinking someone else eating ice cream will ruin your diet”? That’s pretty much it. We — and many others — know that our marriage is our responsibility. Our marriages won’t be affected one way or the other if our gay friends can legally marry. Anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional, or just plain mean.
If you think that more love can subtract from already existing love, you have some kind of mental problem. Or a math problem. Either way, your “movement” is dying. Most Americans really don’t care if gay people can marry. They’re too busy tending to their own lives. It’s about time these political dinosaurs did the same.
h/t Right Wing Watch