As LGBT families gain marriage equality in state after state, the opposition is becoming increasingly desperate and vicious. Today, for example, a Texas religious-right group launched a new hate-filled and almost unhinged attack on supporters of marriage equality.
In a fundraising email to far-right activists, Texas Values, the lobby arm of Plano-based Liberty Institute, claims that anti-gay Christians are suffering from discrimination:
“Christians in Texas and across the country are being persecuted, intimated [sic], and punished for simply expressing the biblical view of marriage.”
The sneering email even suggests that same-sex couples don’t seek to marry because they love each other and want to protect their family. No, the email says, the fight for marriage equality is about using “government to elevate the homosexual lifestyle” (emphasis in original):
Here’s the dirty little secret––“gay marriage” isn’t about marriage at all. It’s not about couples exchanging rings or wedding vows. As marriage touches every part of our society, this destructive effort is actually a strategy to use the government to elevate the homosexual lifestyle to a status in law above the free exercise of religion. It’s true, homosexual advocates want their sexual lifestyle to trump religious liberty. And they’ll use this power to shut up those with traditional values and directly attack our last refuge––the church.
“Gay marriage” is their way to accomplish this––by forcing homosexuality into every legal matter involving matrimony. There’s no way to save religious liberty without first safeguarding marriage.
Of course, the email fails to explain how “religious liberty” came to mean allowing some to impose their personal religious beliefs on people who don’t share them. And it ignores the many clergy and other people of faith who support marriage equality for LGBT families.