The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM claims marriage equality ‘tears our society apart’

November 05, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

In a new action alert designed to drum up fear about what marriage equality will supposedly do to Hawaii in particular, NOM president Brian Brown writes the following about what marriage equality supposedly does to our society in general:

Several news articles over the weekend suggest that the House is considering amending the legislation to put in place enhanced religious liberty protections. While preserving religious liberty is certainly important, this points out the fundamental problem with redefining marriage — it creates a whole host of conflicts that tears our society apart. [SOURCE: NOM]

Oh yeah—totally, B Dog!  I mean, if the city of Boston has taught us anything over the past year, it's that Massachusetts residents no longer have the ability to come together and share in the spirit of common humanity.  That state and its people have lost all strength and unity.  The gays ruined it for everyone!!

Except not.  At all.  Not even a little bit.  In fact, states become much better off when they put this tired (non)issue to rest and start focusing on true societal ills.  Society is more intact when it values all of its members—and NOM's fear-mongering language does nothing to change this reality.

The truth is that the folks who are more fully tearing our society apart are those who spend their days attacking transgender students, employment protections, and loving marriages for the sake of both political gain and personal profit.  That is exactly the business NOM is in: one built around division, hostility, and whisper campaigns designed to stoke base fears about certain kinds of American citizens.  

It is gross; it is uncouth.  It is hurting America.  It needs to stop.