Peter Montgomery takes the time to deconstruct what the anti-gay Christian right thinks is their single strongest talking point against same-sex marriage. He begins by quoting something the National Organization for Marriage tells their activists about what their research shows is their best argument:
Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is the following: “Gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.” This allows people to express support for tolerance while opposing gay marriage.
The argument is bullshit on stilts, of course, and it’s highly hypocritical as well:
Of course, the line is not only ineffective, judging by the continued pro-equality swing in public attitudes, but it’s also ridiculously disingenuous coming from people who have tried so hard over the years to restrict the ability of LGBT people “to live as they choose,” as PFAW Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon recently documented.
That includes DeMint, who believes gay people should not allowed to be teachers and slams the Supreme Court for overturning sodomy laws that made gay people criminals. And it certainly includes the Heritage Foundation, which slams landmark equality cases Lawrence v. Texas and Romer v. Evans as examples of unacceptable “judicial activism.”..
While it is increasingly true that LGBT Americans are “free to live as they choose,” that goal is far from being accomplished nationwide. And whatever progress has been made, it has been over the opposition of people who now smile into the camera and hope to hide their anti-gay agenda with a little deceptive messaging.
Yeah, they’re all for letting you live your life — unless you do something their god doesn’t approve of, then it’s the end of the world if the courts rule that the government can’t prevent you from doing that.