My first thought when the New Jersey gay marriage ruling came down was, “Oh boy. This should be fun to watch as the religious right responds.” The Thomas More Law Center has responded with a News Alert (I’m on their mailing list). And it includes this delightfully ironic quote:
Patrick T. Gillen, the Thomas More Law Center attorney who drafted Michigan’s Marriage Amendment for the Coalition, noted another lesson to be learned from the decision. “The defense of traditional marriage was fatally compromised by the Attorney General’s failure to defend the role that marriage plays in promoting the true good of the spouses and children who enter the family. Once society fails to appreciate these essential goods of marriage, damage to the family and, ultimately, the common good, becomes inevitable.”
I’ll never get used to this kind of logical duplicity. Yes, of course marriage promotes the true good of spouses and children who enter the family. Now please tell me why this applies only to families headed by heterosexuals. Tell me why promoting the good of children and spouses in families headed by gay parents is not also part of the common good. They can’t answer that question because it reveals the real reason why they oppose this: because they just don’t care about gay people or their children.
They want them punished and kept down because they really do think that if anything is done to improve their existence, to give them the legal and financial security that the rest of us just take for granted, more and more people will decide to be gay. You know, as if anyone decides to be gay for the fringe benefits. Yes, that is patently ridiculous thinking, but that’s what they actually do think. That’s how it works in the non-reality based community.