LGBT Lessons for Straight People: Ridicule and Oppression is not Tolerance.

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: Ridicule and Oppression is not Tolerance.

July 29, 2010 Headline LGBT Lessons for Straight People 4

LGBT Lessons for Straight People - Why Equality MattersThe National Organization for Marriage, with its key speakers Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher and Louis J. Marinelli III, are touring the country.

Their rhetoric has changed and I am the first to admit that there must be a genius, albeit it one without morals, on their team. They tried, and succeeded, in taking away marriage from California and Maine by telling lies. Do we all remember the Gathering Storm video? Letting gays marry will mean that:

  • homosexuality will be taught in schools (wrong),
  • will force churches to marry them (wrong),
  • gays will make bad parents (wrong), and
  • since gays are pedophiles, we will condone that sort of thing (very wrong).

The arguments went on:

  • Gays cannot procreate. [Well, procreation is not a requirement for marriage.]
  • Homosexuality is a choice and is deviant behavior (wrong).
  • If we make gay marriage legal, where will it end? We’ll legalize pedophilia and bestiality.

What they are really saying is that they believe gay people are sick.

Pedophilia is abhorrent and is mostly committed by people that identify as heterosexuals. Just ask the Catholic Church, they are experts in this area.

What they fail to recognize is that being gay is not a mental illness, it is not a choice. Couples who want to marry are simply trying to make a commitment so strong that they are willing to commit to each other legally and financially. Marriage is what stabilizes families; all families.

Their Biblical arguments are a failure. Again and again, they ignore the points about other sins in the Bible. They cannot seem to remember that adultery made it to the Ten Commandments, not being gay. They cherry pick from Bible verses. Proven wrong at the Prop 8 trial, they have now resorted to two strategies.

The first is that there is something special about the union between a man and a woman. We can all see this right? Special. I don’t remember the word special anywhere in our Declaration of Independence or Constitution. I have not seen our country evolve to take away rights. We have always read more deeply into our founding documents to expand rights. Should we have stayed in 1776 when white male property owners were the only ones who could vote and slavery was legal? We have come a long way in over 200 years. But we are not done.

Their second strategy is playing the victim card. NOM is now the face of tolerance. They want civil dialogue. Those who disagree should be civil. Yes, if someone wanted to take away my rights, I’m sure I would just sit by politely and calmly and let them. [Sarcasm].

Everyone’s love is special. Tolerance? That is what they call denying rights now? Tolerance?

Do you want to know what NOM supporters really believe? Visit their Facebook page Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman. Here are some lovely screen shots of the discussions that occur there:

Judge for yourself, is this tolerance?

Protect Marriage: One Man One Woman

Protect Marriage: One Man One Woman

Protect Marriage: One Man One WomanNational Organization for the denial of Marriage to Loving Couples (a/k/a NOM)

National Organization for the denial of Marriage to Loving Couples (a/k/a NOM)
And if you still see “tolerance,” take a look at this video of Larry Adams, a NOM supporter and Rally attendee from Equality on Trial: contributor geekgirlgeekgirl: Jude, the author of this post, is a straight woman, a mom and has been married for 32 years to the same wonderful man. She believes in Buddhism and attends the United Church of Christ. She is a molecular biologist, her best friend is a lesbian, and she believes that every human deserves equal rights, respect and a life free from hate, fear and discrimination. The only thing she hates is pickles. Her science blog can be found at LGBT Latest Science. More of LGBT Lessons for Straight People can be found here.

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4 Responses

  1. Jane Wishon says:

    Great post Jude!


  2. Leone Kraus says:

    Jude, I can’t thank you enough for posting your views. Our community needs more straight allies like to come forward in full support. We need them involved in every aspect of the LGBT equality movement. I cannot even begin to describe the number of times I’ve heard my straight friends announce vocally that they support what I do and what I stand for as an LGBT activist. I politely thank them of course but then I go on to say that I need more than their vocal support. I need them to get involved in policy changing activities that promote equality, I need them to lobby governmental officials with me, to march with me, and to share their views of acceptance with their peers. One by one, we can and we will make a difference. Again, thank you.
    -A fellow LGBT activist and active promoter of LGBT equality

  3. Buffy says:

    Thank you so much for this post. It's astounding how much vitriol comes from those who claim to be "defending" marriage and "tradition". All we want is equal access to what others have and take for granted. It's wonderful when someone like you gets it.

  4. Dave says:

    If you want some talking points to rebut the hateful conservatives attack on the LGBT community, check out the new book "Tolerant Oppression: Why promoting tolerance undermines our quest for equality and what we should do instead" by Dr. Scott Hampton. The sections on "Defense of Marriage" "Deviation from a norm" and "Don't ask, don't tell" will give you plenty of ammunition.

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