Posts Tagged 'Protect Marriage' – Unsettling?

I’m torn over this one. is a mash-up of Google Earth maps and the list of people or businesses who donated money to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign, and it’s not overly difficult to see how this could be badly misused – particularly given that some have already decided that ‘retribution’ is in order. Sure, all of this information is publically available already, but if I was one of the people showing up on this map I’d feel pretty nervous about it. I also have to question what the actual point of the website is. Certainly it serves as a good visual reminder of just how large the opposition to marriage equality still is (many of the donations listed are in excess of $10,000), but I’d be remiss not to wonder if someone involved with the project has an dangerous ulterior motive.

Needless to say, violence is not the answer. Even if you believe that voting yes on Proposition 8 was morally wrong (as I do), intimidation or threats are a disproportionate response. Remember, everyone who voted in favour of Proposition 8 also believed that they were doing the right thing, and the way to settle a moral dispute is not to bully the other side into silence.


A Secular, Non-Religious Defence of Marriage Inequality

It should be obvious to all that the vast majority of objections to marriage equality for same-sex couples are motivated entirely by religious convictions. To a great many on the Religious Right, there is nothing wrong with this; God’s morality is universal and should be applied even to those who don’t believe in the Christian God, after all. Occasionally, however, they feel the need to justify themselves on secular grounds, and will frequently latch onto even the flimsiest of arguments so long as they are still coherent with all invocations of the Bible removed. These arguments are almost always laughably poor, and I’ve recently come across another courtesy of  The Pugnacious Irishman which does not buck the trend.

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Sunday Round-Up

I probably won’t be blogging too much myself today, but here’s a few links that readers may enjoy. I’ll most likely add to this throughout the day.

  • Atheist Revolution – Obama’s Warren Pick: Not a Big Deal? (While Obama seems to have drawn near-universal criticism for Warren’s invitation from the GLBT blogosphere, the atheist one is characteristically more divided on the issue.)
  • blue linchpin – One Issue Judgments? (Is it ever appropriate to judge a person based on a single opinion? What if that opinion concerns civil or human rights?)
  • Homosecular Gaytheist (Whose tagline is ‘Prepare to be intellectually tea-bagged. Open wide, ignorance, here comes my Scrotum of Reason’. Did that make your day? Because it sure made mine!)
  • Gay Cousin Teddy – The Problem With Rick (Just in case Atheist Revolution didn’t convince you).
  • Daylight Atheism – A Solstice Sermon (A characteristically excellent post from Ebonmusing).

Californian Marriages to be Nullified?

I’ve previously written about the pro-Proposition 8 group Protect Marriage and how, like many of those against marriage equality, they were rather quiet on the issue of the many same-sex married couples already residing within California. If you recall, their FAQ has only this to say on the matter:

From the Protect Marriage FAQ.

From the Protect Marriage FAQ.

That makes it sound as if pre-Prop 8 marriages are none of their concern, right? Well, apparently when they said that the matter ‘will be up the Courts to decide’, what they meant was ‘we’ll try to convince the Courts to stop recognising those marriages’.

Those opposed to Proposition 8 filed three challenges to its legality shortly after it passed, and Yes On 8/Protect Marriage has responded to each of those lawsuits. One of their responses apparently contains the following:

“Proposition 8’s brevity is matched by its clarity. There are no conditional clauses, exceptions, exemptions, or exclusions: ‘Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.’ … Its plain language encompasses both pre-existing and later-created same-sex (and polygamous) marriages, whether performed in California or elsewhere. With crystal clarity, it declares that they are not valid or recognized in California.” (Source)

I wonder why they didn’t focus more attention on this in their push to convince Californians to vote yes on Proposition 8? It’s always been obvious that Proposition 8 could be used to retroactively invalidate hundreds of same-sex marriages, but even I didn’t think that groups like Protect Marriage were going to actively push for this to be done. Apparently, same-sex marriage is such a burning moral issue that it must not be allowed to exist at all, lest society collapse under the sheer weight of the sin visited upon it.

Do these people not realise that they’re causing serious disruptions in the lives of other human beings? Do they not realise that same-sex couples (and, in some cases, their children) actually do believe in the institution of marriage? Despite what the religious right likes to claim, this is not a grandstanding political move, nor is it part of some ridiculous conspiracy to indoctrinate American high schoolers. Hundreds of same-sex couples desperately wanted their relationships to receive the same state validation as opposite-sex couples have always enjoyed, and when they were given the oppurtunity to receive that validation, they went for it. I’m sure the people behind the wording of these latest briefs will be just as delighted at the destruction of those marriages as they were at their first moral victory.


‘Group seeks to void gay marriages’ on BBC News Americas.

‘Prop 8 proponents seek to nullify same-sex marriages’ on