Before I get into the core of this, marriage equality has nothing to do with a brand of fried chicken sandwiches! Aside from the legal and civil benefits of being legally wed, the reasons for marriage equality include, but are not limited to:
- Basic American fairness
- Equal protection under the law
- Stability for the children of gay parents
- Assuring gay kids that they are not penalized because of their sexual orientation (we might even save a few lives) .
Now, with respect to Focus on the Family, their take on the fried chicken controversy is:
The point is, we no longer seem to live in a country where people can agree to disagree over same-sex marriage and let the dominant viewpoint prevail at the polls. Instead, those who seek to radically redefine the family too often take a scorched-earth policy to everyone who holds biblical values, and seek to silence them in any way possible.
Once again, this is a false equivalence. By example, let’s have a “civil conversation” with a group of Jews (including me) about the right to buy any house that they can afford and to compete fairly for a job or promotion. After all, according to their book we are evil Christ killers who have no right to be treated fairly.
Explaining it further; The group that is doing the discrimination is not on an equal moral footing with the group that is being discriminated against. Focus on the Family can attempt to cloak bigotry as a reasonable argument based on biblical values. Nevertheless it is still bigotry.
They will have to excuse me if I get a bit pissed off when they want to deny me equal protection under the law.
July 27, 2012: Chick-fil-A: The False Equivalence