It seems this image has been circulating online as a darkly funny reminder that “Biblical marriage,” the oft-cited excuse for a conservative Christian’s opposition to marriage equality, is actually more complicated and controversial than we like to think.
But when Jennifer Thieme, a blogger for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, saw the image, she and NOM interpreted it a little differently. She writes:
Look carefully at the image and you will see that in ALL of the examples, both genders are represented. This image reinforces the conservative position about needing a gender requirement, it does not undermine our position.
Her afterthought is my favorite example of how she’s just not getting it:
P.S. by using the Bible, aren’t these Leftists making a religious claim about the evolution of marriage?
As Zack Ford from ThinkProgress points out, selective Biblical interpretation does not a solid argument make.