NOM continues to claim traction from feigned victimization. According to National Organization for Marriage today, “Ceci Royals a Maryland resident talks about the intolerant language of proponents of Same-sex marriage activists.” The theme of this Frank Schubert special is that proponents of marriage equality are intimidating opponents by labeling them “bigots,” “cowards” and “sexual rednecks.”

First of all, Ms. Royals (a fundamentalist Catholic who seems to be a member of Opus Dei) is not “intimidated.” She certainly isn’t a victim. More importantly, she provides no reason to vote against marriage equality. This has been a NOM theme since the earliest days of their existence; Voting for gay marriage will make them bigots if they oppose gay marriage.

Neither Ms. Royals’ nor NOM’s possibly hurt feelings are a criterion for our civil rights! 

It’s also a ridiculous proposition. People can be opposed to marriage equality for religious reasons and still vote in favor of it. Many people realize that their personal religious beliefs should not be imposed on everyone else. The issue for them is very simple; Does my church have to consecrate same-sex marriages? The answer is an unqualified “NO!”

Throughout our history, no house of worship has ever been required to consecrate any marriage that is contrary to their doctrine.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.