The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM’s Comm. Director gives 100% accurate quote; I’m being serious

February 26, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

Speaking to Yahoo! News, National Org. For Marriage Communications Director Thomas Peters says:

“The fight for marriage is absolutely not over. It’s going strong”...“The idea that there’s a consensus on overthrowing marriage is absurd.” [SOURCE]

And you know what?  For perhaps the first time in memory, I don't have one problem with anything Thomas said in this press quote.  

Let's start at the beginning.  Yes, the fight for marriage is absolutely going strong.  In the 2012 elections, those of us fighting for marriage rights won four crucial battles while the opposition won none.  Those of us on the right side of civil fairness are on the cusp of possibly winning a few more states in the weeks and months to come.  Then there are the Supreme Court battles, where the pro-equality side is already building exciting momentum for historic victory.  As someone who has been in this fight for nearly a decade, I would say that the fight for marriage is at its strongest point right now.  It is beyond exciting!

And then there's the second part of Thomas' quote.  Again, I agree in full: there is no concensus on "overthrowing marriage."  In fact, there is nothing close to a concensus, since "overthrowing marriage" is not any mainstream marriage movement's goal; the only people who have anything remembling an "overthrowing marriage" goal are working for discirmination, not marriage. Those of us who are fighting (and winning) to expand marriage rights are totally against people "overthrowing marriage," which is precisely why we have stood up and fought back against actions that did exactly that.  This is what the coming Supreme Court cases are about: pushing back against those who overthrew people's marriages when they passed both Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.   

I seriously think Thomas gave Yahoo! News a perfect quote—a perfect quote for our side!  He ably spoke to the strength of the current fight, his hyperbole spoke to the absurdity of the oppositional rhetoric, and he helped note the lack of concensus for those on his sdie—the only ones who are hellbent on "overthrowing marriage" via their war on equality.  I'm surprised he'd be so willing to help our cause, but I'm certainly glad he did.

Then again, the Proposition 8 trial was pretty much defined by witnesses who unwittingly helped our side.  With an opposition movement like this, I can just go shopping or something.