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Anti-Gay Activists Are Admitting Defeat, Even When They Think They Aren’t

You never used to hear Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, Ken Hutcherson or Chris Plante admit that they’re losing the national debate on marriage equality.  They are now.  Mr. Santorum openly admits it, while the rest try to hide it.  However, if you listen closely you can hear that their remarks are premised in defeat, and their shrinking audiences consist of like-minded people who need no persuading.

Opponents of marriage equality have been speaking from a position of defeat ever since voters in 2012 approved marriage equality referenda in Washington, Maryland and Maine, and in 2013 state legislatures in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota passed marriage equality laws; the U. S. Supreme Court invalidated section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as well as California’s Proposition 8 ban on marriage equality; and reputable polls began showing that a majority of Americans support marriage equality.

Here are a few recent examples:

Defeat just oozes from Rick Santorum’s comments at an anti-gay event held in Iowa this past weekend.  From TIME:

We’re losing this debate not because of politics,” Santorum told the crowd in the half-filled auditorium at Iowa State University, in response to “establishment” Republicans calling on the party to moderate on social issues and, if nothing else, tone down the culture-war rhetoric. “Politics didn’t change the culture. The popular culture changed America.

He added: “For us to sit here and think that somehow we’re going to win this country back politically when the culture continues to show your children when they watch that people like them are weird, people who hold their values are bigoted or hateful — it’s no wonder young people are overwhelmingly supporting the other side.”

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Mr. Santorum instructed the audience, “Don’t agree with the establishment Republicans that we have to change our policies to be more like Democrats”.  By doing so he admits that his anti-gay views are extreme even by Republican standards.

Rev. Ken Hutcherson, an anti-gay campaigner from Washington state, inadvertently admits defeat by literally preaching to the choir.  Last weekend Rev. Hutcherson lectured the congregation of Sequim Bible Church that “We must blame ourselves when we don’t get involved as we see sinful leaders take office and legislation is legalized that is an abomination to God,” the Christian Post paraphrased.  Except that Sequim Bible Church is already so anti-equality that it actively campaigned against the state’s recently-approved marriage equality law.  A victor doesn’t waste time lecturing like-minded people, but apparently nobody else cares to listen to Hutch any more.

In a recent blog post, National Organization for Marriage’s president Brian Brown stoically states that “We will not be bowed” by reports that the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board is investigating NOM for violating the state’s campaign donor disclosure laws.  But a victor doesn’t have to contemplate being “bowed”.  Mr. Brown’s rhetoric is proud, but it is premised on defeat.

Chris Plante, National Organization for Marriage’s Regional Director

NOM’s regional director Chris Plante, the man who presided over NOM’s failure to block marriage equality laws in Washington state and Rhode Island, was asked the other day by conservative Catholic radio personality Drew Mariani, “Are we winning or losing the battle?”

In place of mentioning any recent victories, something that a victor could do, Mr. Plante falsely claims that “We’re winning it in public opinion despite what the polls say”, then admits what from his perspective is the terrible truth:

I think 15 different states right now have various lawsuits trying to redefine marriage.  States that you would have thought you were safe.  And I do need to say this to your listeners who maybe they live in a red state, or they’re 500 miles south of the Mason-Dixon line and they think, ‘I don’t have to worry about this’.  Well, Oklahoma has a lawsuit to redefine marriage.  Arkansas, New Mexico.  It’s coming even into states where we thought we were safe.

Opponents of marriage equality are putting up a bold front, but the defeatist underpinnings of their own rhetoric betray them.  For all intents and purposes, they’ve lost, and they know it.  Now it’s just a matter of holding out as long as they can, collecting those last precious paychecks.  Pretending for pay.

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Anti-Gay Activists Are Admitting Defeat, Even When They Think They Aren’t

You never used to hear Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, Ken Hutcherson or Chris Plante admit that they’re losing the national debate on marriage equality.  They are now.  Mr. Santorum openly admits it, while the rest try to hide it.  However, if you listen closely you can hear that their remarks are premised in defeat, and their shrinking audiences consist of like-minded people who need no persuading.

Opponents of marriage equality have been speaking from a position of defeat ever since voters in 2012 approved marriage equality referenda in Washington, Maryland and Maine, and in 2013 state legislatures in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota passed marriage equality laws. The U. S. Supreme Court invalidated section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as well as California’s Proposition 8 ban on marriage equality, and reputable polls are showing that a majority of Americans support marriage equality.

Here are a few recent examples:

Defeat just oozes from Rick Santorum’s comments at an anti-gay event held in Iowa this past weekend.  From TIME:

We’re losing this debate not because of politics,” Santorum told the crowd in the half-filled auditorium at Iowa State University, in response to “establishment” Republicans calling on the party to moderate on social issues and, if nothing else, tone down the culture-war rhetoric. “Politics didn’t change the culture. The popular culture changed America.

He added: “For us to sit here and think that somehow we’re going to win this country back politically when the culture continues to show your children when they watch that people like them are weird, people who hold their values are bigoted or hateful — it’s no wonder young people are overwhelmingly supporting the other side.”

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Mr. Santorum instructed the audience, “Don’t agree with the establishment Republicans that we have to change our policies to be more like Democrats”.  By doing so he admits that his anti-gay views are extreme even by Republican standards. [cont’d.]

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