The National Organization for Marriage has been sending fundraising emails more frequently than in the past, and the anti-gay rhetoric has become increasingly desperate as well. In an email sent this week, NOM accused Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of being “clueless” because she fails to appreciate that marriage “connects men and women to each other and to any children born of their union.” This, NOM argues, indicates that the needs of adults have been put ahead of “the most vulnerable and innocent among us, our children.”
NOM goes on to explain that the central purpose of its campaign against marriage equality is to protect children from being “sacrificed to the gods of the gay lobby”:
How many generations of children will be sacrificed to the gods of the gay lobby who demand the redefinition of marriage as an idol to their political movement? How long will children be told that men and women are not unique, that children don’t need a mom and a dad, and that there’s no special connection between marriage and child birth and rearing — it’s just a sperm and egg that can be carried by anyone; any two people will do. Oh, and there’s no need to limit parentage to just two people. If adults want to form a plural relationship and obtain rights to a child, who’s to say they shouldn’t if that makes them happy.
It is for our children, and the generations to come, that NOM fights to defend the God ordained institution of marriage. We fight for a cultural, political and legal restoration of the true meaning and purpose of marriage. We battle before Supreme Court Justices and County Clerks, in Legislatures and in the court of public opinion; in Congress and in statehouses, in corporate boardrooms and school board offices. Across America, wherever marriage is challenged, it’s our responsibility to be there to defend her.
There’s one problem with NOM’s claim about fighting for children: it doesn’t care at all about the children being raised by same-sex couples. There are tens of thousands of children who have two dads or two moms and who would benefit if their families could access all the legal and financial protections of marriage. And NOM doesn’t even campaign against same-sex adoption, which it considers a “separate issue.” When it comes to the needs of those children, it seems that NOM is simply “clueless.”