As House Republicans prepare to give in to the demands of anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage — both of which are pressuring Republicans to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — FRC’s Tony Perkins has a new letter to the editor in USA Today laying out his organization’s case for prohibiting the government from recognizing gay couples:
The biggest trophy that gay activists now seek is the redefinition of marriage. Currently, only five states allow same-sex marriages. How can a team leading 45-5 be losing? Where the people have decided, 31 out of 31 states have upheld marriage as a male-female union. A 31-game winning streak rarely signals a losing season.
Krattenmaker urges adherence to “a foundational Christian principle: Treat others as you wish to be treated.” I agree.
If family members saw that I engaged in behavior that put my physical health at risk, I would expect them to warn me. If my closest friends believed I was in a harmful relationship, I would want them to help me escape it. If I were falling into sin, I would want other Christians to call me to repentance.
We will continue to speak the truth (even hard truths) with love (sometimes tough love). But we will not be silent.
In other words, Perkins — whose organization attracts prominent Republican speakers at the annual Values Voters Summit — is not only regurgitating the completely discredited and embarrassing argument that homosexuality is a health risk, but he’s also arguing that sanctifying gay relationships in monogamous marriage would endanger one’s “physical health.”
Marriages may not guarantee fidelity (or protect one from sexual diseases), but they certainly encourage it. As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper put it, “if stewarding sexuality in a way that reduces the social conservatives’ lists of horribles is truly the goal, then groups like FRC should be DEMANDING marriage equality, not banning the same.”