You know what? This is just getting stupid and boring. I want to stand on Maggie Gallagher’s lawn with a giant sign that says STOP TALKING SHIT ABOUT ME and I want Tegan & Sara singing “I Was Married” with lyrics adjusted slightly to fit the occasion (I married in the sun / (tell me where tell me where) / Against the stone of resolutions passed before) and also I’d like it if Ellen DeGeneres could dance while Portia holds a sign that says GET OVER IT ALREADY. That’s what I would like.
But you know what I wouldn’t like? These things:
1. Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri has introduced a resolution in response to Barack Obama’s announcement that he’d no longer support DOMA because it’s probs unconstitutional. The resolution “demands that the Department of Justice continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in all instances” and is being backed by more than one human, which is bizarre, because I mean how many crazy people have we elected to the House of Representatives? I don’t even know.
2. Some random County Clerk in California has stepped up to be the defender of Prop 8 in California because nobody else wants to, including the Governor.
3. Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill failed, and people are saying dumb things about it like “Really when you boil it all down, it is my personal belief that gays don’t really want to be married, they want their lifestyle choice normalized, and marriage is just the vehicle they are driving to get there. Only there is nowhere to park that vehicle.”
4. Due to a byzantine system of laws and regulations and hoops and loopholes, we might not get a ruling from The Supreme Court on overturning Prop 8 until the fall at the earliest, which makes my head explode.
NOM’s entire campaign against us is based in lies. Their leaders are probably all closeted homosexuals. They have deep ties to religious groups with deep pockets who prey on their uneducated flocks, sucking them dry of funds in an effort to support NOM’s campaign against same-sex marriage, which, as we all know has absolutely no tangible impact on these people’s lives whatsoever.
Meanwhile, 62% of Catholics support marriage equality. Former Presidential candidate John Kerry is cosponsoring the act which aims to repeal DOMA. Senators who previously supported DOMA are now against DOMA. Another poll shows that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage.
And NOM made this FANTASTIC video:
On Top Magazine points out, re: that ad:
Not mentioned in the ad are the facts that Clinton has since said he was “wrong” to sign the law, the bill’s author, former Georgia Representative Bob Barr, a Republican turned Libertarian, has called for the law’s repeal, and a number of Democratic lawmakers who voted for DOMA have since had a change of heart. The most recent being Washington Senator Patty Murray.
It’s like we’re in the 14th inning of a neverending came of equality baseball and we’ve done the Seventh Inning Stretch and are really, really, really ready to go home and have some spaghetti with our wife.
The thing is, NOM and its ilk will eventually lose. History is in our favor. Younger Americans favor gay marriage and as they reach voting age, anti-gays who attempt to circumvent the Constitution by allowing the majority to vote on the rights of the minority won’t even be able to depend on the voting population to back them up anymore. I mean, Santana is a lesbian for crying out loud.
In these trying economic times, it seems like this might be a good time to throw in the towel. Yet NOM is doing the opposite of that — The National Organization for Marriage has requested 1 million dollars in support from their followers to match the other million-dollar grant they just received from an “anonymous donor.”
So what motivates them, really truly, to keep on kicking and screaming and putting up roadblocks to every single decision or announcement that somehow indicates America is no longer interested in writing bigotry and discrimination into the Constitution?
NOM Exposed is a good place to start looking for answers. This is America, after all, and money is money:
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a highly secretive organization believed to be largely funded by the Mormon and Catholic churches. During the country’s greatest economic decline in decades, NOM has amassed huge resources to stop marriage equality, whether at the ballot box or in court. NOM publicly projects rationality and tolerance, yet keeps company with zealots and long-time LGBT antagonists.
In 2009, NOM claimed to have spent $8 million dollars protecting marriage and planned to raise $10 million in 2010. NOM has been fighting to keep its donor names a secret, saying they fear for the safety of their donors. Needless to say, their genuine fear is that it will be revealed that NOM has deep ties to The Mormon Church and right-wing evangelical Christians.
Ultimately what’s going on here is that we’re tired. We’re tired of waiting. As far as my impatient/self-entitled generation is concerned — we’re old enough to remember a time when same-sex marriage wasn’t even on the horizon but young enough that we naively expect change around every corner. So where’s our party.
I’ll be 30 later this year and most of my friends already are which means impatience is hitting a peak. As any Jewish Grandmother can tell you, now’s the time to get married or be FOREVER ALONE, to have children or BE BARREN AND MISERABLE FOR ALL OF YOUR GRAHAM-CRACKER EATING DAYS.
So come on NOM. What’s your damage?