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The Argument For “Marriage Equality” Is Not A Conservative One
Red State ^ | 3/26/2013 | Dana Loesch

Posted on 03/27/2013 4:39:25 AM PDT by IbJensen

Supreme Court Decides Whether Of Not To Review Challenge Of California's Prop 8.

This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same California’s Prop 8 and a section of the Defense of Marriage Act which deals with benefits for same sex couples. Same sex marriage is front and center once again and I’ve heard some interesting arguments on how supporting government involvement in defining marriage is a “conservative” ideal. During the Sunday morning talk show circuit, former Bush communications adviser took the moderate position emerging within the GOP against American Values’ Gary Bauer. Nicole Wallace tried to argue that supporting “marriage equality” is a conservative position. No, it is not.

I’ve never understood how anyone who spent the past four-plus years lamenting the size of government could then argue for its increase by inviting it into the discussion of marriage. We complain about government in health care, we complain about government in education, we complain about government regulating soft drink size, but suddenly some of us have no problem with more government in people’s relationships with one another. Marriage is a covenant between a man, woman, and God before God on His terms. It is a religious civil liberty, not a right granted by government. It should never have been regulated by government in the first place, and government shouldn’t have an expanded reach in further regulating it now. There is no allowance constitutionally that invites our government to define the religious covenant of marriage.

I’ve no issue with same sex couples entering into contractual agreements with each other or sharing benefits (the military decisions should be made by those with the credit of service day in and day out, not civilian advocacy groups). Isn’t that the goal of this conflict? If so, to me, that’s an issue separate from marriage. In suing over “marriage” itself one is demanding that God change His definition of the union between a man and a woman. If recognition of status, ease with other contractual obligations, and other issues are the issues, why the need to force people of faith to alter recognition of God’s Word on the matter? The people may bend as reeds to lawfare, but God will not. Frankly, I see no point in being on any side other than God’s on any matter, and God is more small government than any player in the scene.

In suing over marriage one is demanding that others modify their beliefs to accommodate another. Do not people of faith retain their First Amendment liberty of freedom of religion?

California voters in Prop 8 are awaiting to see if elections in their state matter. Advocacy groups vilified Mormons yet according to numerous local media reports based on exit polling data, black and latino communities provided “key support” in the passage of Prop 8. The left had a more difficult time vilifying these voting blocs because it’s harder to ask them for votes later. Despite democracy in our constitutional republic working as it should, voters were sued to have their votes in a taxpayer-paid-for election overturned. The gap in the door will widen for lawsuits if the goal of homogenization isn’t realized. Prop 8 is just the beginning. Do you doubt?

Here are a few recent examples:

- Christian photographers Elane Photography in New Mexico were approached by a same sex couple looking to hire a wedding photographer. Elane Photography politely declined citing their Christian faith and were sued by the couple under the state’s anti-discriminatory laws, and won. In New Mexico you apparently have no right to your free expression and practice of faith any longer. (Read even more about this case here.)

- In Lexington, Kentucky, a t-shirt shop called Hands On Originals was approached by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization about printing shirts for the group. The t-shirt company politely declined and even sought out quotes and gave the group referrals to other t-shirt printers along with comparable prices. They were promptly sued by the group under Lexington’s anti-discriminatory laws and forced to comply with a lengthy investigation. The city’s power-drunk human rights commission said this:

Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission told Fox News that “Hands On Originals” will be “required by law to participate in the investigation.” “We have subpoena power and have the backing of the law,” he said. “We are a law enforcement agency and people have to comply.”

Leftist groups are trying to get the company evicted from their premises, the city now has school districts freezing their business with the privately owned company. Meanwhile, the owner of the company tried to defend his faith and decision in an op/ed in the paper.

- A Methodist church in New Jersey was sued for not offering its facility for use during same sex weddings. A judge ruled against them.

- A same sex couple from California sued a Hawaiian bed and breakfast privately owned by a Christian woman for not allowing them to rent a room. – A bed and breakfast in Alton privately owned by a Christian couple was sued when they would not host a same sex civil union ceremony. – Owners of a small, privately-owned inn in Vermont declined to host a same sex wedding reception due to their religious views and were sued. – An employee of Allstate insurance wrote an essay online disagreeing with same sex marriage and was reportedly fired from his job as a result.

- Catholic Charities was barred from assisting in adoptions in Massachusetts, Washington DC, and Illinois and excluded from future contracts because they declined to consider same sex couples. Sorry kids, but the agenda impresarios need to make an example.

There are even more examples, some listed on this page, some not, as they are numerous. Pastors in Canada are already facing lawsuits for simply preaching about marriage from the Bible. Tolerance is demanded of Christians but in this pluralistic society, little, if any, tolerance is afforded to Christian beliefs. Christians aren’t the antagonists here, but they do seem to have fewer rights than those engaging in lawfare to bring about forced acceptance.

Really, this isn’t about gay rights. The left doesn’t give a damn about gay rights. Remember, it was the left that instituted Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and it was a Republican group that led the charge to repeal it. The left hasn’t done anything for the gay community except to offer it lip service and inaction. While leftist groups fight for “marriage equality” the Obama administration makes marriage an economic hit with horrible policy. You got bait and switched, leftists! No, the left cares nothing for gay rights, but they’ll pretend to if they can use the bloc as a wedge to pry the populace from the influence of the church. Why? because it’s easier to convince people that their civil liberties fall under the dominion of man, of government, if the church is portrayed as inept and anachronistic. This is the entire goal. Once man, sinful, awful man controls your rights, your existence as an individual ends and your life as a statist serf begins.

So no, “marriage equality” is emphatically not a conservative value or tactic. Anything where the solution is an invitation for government intervention should be viewed with utmost suspicion.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doma; goodbyeusa; homosexualmarriage; loesch; margaretmarshall; marriageequality; prop8; romneyagenda; romneymarriage; samesexlawsuits; scotusmarriage; sinfulsexpractice; sodomy
Same-sex "marriage" first became "legal" by unelected judges in a state supreme court (Massachusetts). Most of the states that have made same-sex "marriage" legal have done so by the same method. When marriage was properly defined in the California law code via voter initiative Proposition 22 and then in the state constitution via voter initiative Proposition 8, unelected judges have thrown out both (Prop. 22 was thrown out by the California Supreme Court; Prop. 8, still being litigated in the U.S. Supreme Court, was thrown out by a federal district court and upheld by the 9th Circuit).

The culture war we conservatives may be losing is the war to be controlled by tyrants. Same-sex "marriage" advocates haven't sought to convince people, except in a couple of states run exclusively by hypocritically evolving Democrats, about their cause. Same-sex "marriage" advocates wet their knickers like pre-teen schoolgirls at a Beatles concert and cry to an unelected judge as if that judge were mommy and daddy; "Mommy, Daddy, the bad people won't let me take financial advantage of me playing sodomy!!!"

We are losing that war. And if we do lose it, the country is gone. And it will be our fault just as it was our fault that Americans lost the last two elections!

1 posted on 03/27/2013 4:39:26 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Wrong. Gay marriage was imposed by Mr. Romney
(who also imposed RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE).

Romney FORCED gay marriage down the throats of the
Clerks who refused the Court’s suggestion
c/w the Mass. Constitution
(which requires the Legislature to decide).

Romney overruled the Law.
It was the RomneyWAY.


2 posted on 03/27/2013 4:51:51 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: IbJensen

New tagline...


3 posted on 03/27/2013 5:00:19 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (American needs a Romans 1: 18-32 wakeup call...)
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To: IbJensen; BillyBoy; Impy; Gilbo_3
RE :”This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same California’s Prop 8 and a section of the Defense of Marriage Act which deals with benefits for same sex couples. Same sex marriage is front and center once again and I’ve heard some interesting arguments on how supporting government involvement in defining marriage is a “conservative” ideal. During the Sunday morning talk show circuit, former Bush communications adviser took the moderate position emerging within the GOP against American Values’ Gary Bauer. Nicole Wallace tried to argue that supporting “marriage equality” is a conservative position. No, it is not

GWBushie Nicolle Wallace has come out and shown herself a liberal(progressive) and is making her rounds on all the MSNBC shows (even Sharpton) and the network Sunday shows preaching ‘marriage equality’ laughing saying how those like us who believe in marriage are dying off and dont matter anymore..

The networks and MSNBC give HER a BIG break by never letting the camera go below her neckline, usually she's behind a BIG table

Here's a hard to find picture of her below the neck smiling laughing at us dying fools (how she is portraying us on TV):


4 posted on 03/27/2013 5:03:14 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs
... making her rounds on all the MSNBC shows (even Sharpton) and the network Sunday shows preaching ‘marriage equality’ laughing saying how those like us who believe in marriage are dying off and dont matter anymore..

Many of us who have raised their children properly have furnished a new crop of Conservatives who will prove this skanky piece of crap a liar.

5 posted on 03/27/2013 5:09:51 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

Prop. 22 passed by 61% in 2000. Prop. 8 passed by 52% in 2008. If the judges do uphold prop. 8 it is probably repealable by popular vote, there was a 9% gain in 8 years for ‘gay marriage’ in CA.

FReegards


6 posted on 03/27/2013 5:11:08 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

Again, with the polls on gay folk ~ they don’t relate to reality.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 5:33:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen
Firearm Equality before Marriage Equality.
8 posted on 03/27/2013 5:36:16 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: muawiyah

“Again, with the polls on gay folk ~ they don’t relate to reality.”

They’re as valid as the polls for November 2012. We ignore that at our peril.

Putting our heads in the sand is no answer. We need to acknowledge the enormity of the task before us if we want to effect our own real change.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 5:52:24 AM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: IbJensen

The Judeo-Christian sanctity of marriage ultimately became ‘common law’ in early Western society - to establish ‘legitimate and illegitimate’ heirs to property and wealth.

The income tax code was the first US Government intrusion of contractual marriage: dependent children and non-working spouses.

States imposed licences and blood tests.

With the number of divorces, remarriage and men & women having children with several partners, without the committment of a marriage ceremony - the modern state of heterosexual matrimony could be considered ‘polygamy’.

The parental unit for children should be the overriding concern - however, adoption, egg and sperm donations, rental wombs and other experimentation has existed for years without ‘legal homosexual marriages’. Legalizing homosexual marriage or not - this manipulation of ‘children as commodities’, will not change.

Homosexuals should support the equal rights of the unborn.


10 posted on 03/27/2013 5:53:59 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: muawiyah

Not sure what you mean. Yes, opinion polls are flawed on this issue, for a number of reasons, in my opinion. The results of popular voting on the issue are not opinion polls, they are actual voting results.

I mean last year NC tied CA’s prop 22 with 61%. So NC is around the same place CA was 13 years ago on the issue. Not a good sign, in my opinion.

Freegards


11 posted on 03/27/2013 5:54:43 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: highball
One more time, all the pollsters ADJUSTED their data in a variety of ways to come up with a winning combination. Those who didn't adjust data ended up with egg on their faces. Those who did it in a way that matched the electoral outcome are considered to be geniuses.

It is currently not possible to do a random sample telephone poll that reflects aggregate public opinion on anything.

12 posted on 03/27/2013 6:17:05 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sodpoodle
Recognized human pair bonding between men and women has probably been around most of the last 2.5 million years.

Marriage was hardly invented in Europe

13 posted on 03/27/2013 6:18:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
All polling involves adjustments and extrapolations. They account for the variables, including over-sampling.

Good pollsters accurately reflect public opinion. We saw that in the leadup to 2012, where anyone actually looking at the date knew Romney was going to get his electoral clock cleaned, and where, and by how much. We knew that before the election, not because pollsters were trying to cook their books to match the results but because polling is a science.

If you want to argue that this particular firm doesn't have sound methodology, that's fine. But arguing that the entire industry is somehow fraudulent and we can learn nothing from these polls is not only naive it's dangerous.

We need to acknowledge reality before we can change it. Even - especially!- an uncomfortable reality.

If I'm wrong, and you're only arguing this specific set of results, then I'll gladly apologize. But from where I'm sitting, it appears you're trying to pretend that polling is somehow inherently flawed because you don't like the results. And that's not a conservative solution to a problem. It's a Romney solution.
14 posted on 03/27/2013 6:49:25 AM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: highball

Statistics is a science ~ polling is an art. Gallup blew it this year ~ so did others, and some didn’t. So what tricked all those smart guys?


15 posted on 03/27/2013 6:55:21 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: highball

There is no scientific way to adjust for the fact that half their samples return null information.

If a poll reflects true public opinion it is pure luck.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 7:09:36 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

You’re welcome to pretend so.

Myself, I prefer to face reality as it is.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 7:28:59 AM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: highball

If you are getting your “reality” from a poll you are living in a fantasy world.


18 posted on 03/27/2013 7:32:45 AM PDT by DManA
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To: IbJensen

Why is it the GLBT version of equality reminds me of Animal Farm? You know-some are more equal than others. For all their cries of equality under law has any one seen them demand Hate Crimes Laws be repealed since it treats some one who commits a crime against me one way and some one committing the same crime against them treated more harshly?
Have they demanded that the tax code be made flat so that every one pays the same rate and has the same deductions if any?


19 posted on 03/27/2013 8:17:48 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: SCHROLL

Pedestalizing homosexuals and their sinful behavior creates sycophants who will follow the sodomites into hell.


20 posted on 03/27/2013 8:26:15 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: muawiyah

***Marriage was hardly invented in Europe.****

I was trying (very poorly) to emphasize the ceremonial rituals and public recording of the bonding... which would be affirmation of the gays’ “need to be accepted as having a normal union”.

And to your excellent point that human bonding (copulation and procreation) has existed for 2.5 million years. If we set aside creationism - homosexual bonding would have resulted in 2 generations of homo sapiens - then *pfft*^&^%&$. Bye bye brutus!!!


21 posted on 03/27/2013 10:09:29 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: DManA

Not a poll, but an *aggregator*. Polls are the raw data, aggregators create the real picture.

But hey, enjoy your unskewing. .


22 posted on 03/27/2013 10:39:36 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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