NOM Spokesperson: Marriage Equality Is Just A ‘Government Registry Of Friendships’

The National Organization for Marriage’s Jennifer Roback Morse has been one of the most outspoken opponents of not only marriage equality, but of gay people themselves. Whether she’s claiming that same-sex couples’ children resent them or reiterating her belief that homosexuality is a chosen behavior and so gays and lesbians should be celibate for life, she always finds a creative way to demonstrate how little she understands the lives of LGBT people, and this weekend was no exception. Speaking before a few dozen attendees at an anti-equality rally in Montevideo, Minnesota, Morse claimed that marriage equality has so little to do with “marriage” that it would simply be a “government registry of friendships”:

MORSE: When Vaughan Walker overturned Prop 8, he came up with a purpose of marriage that was completely gender-neutral. He said something like, “It’s the state recognition for two people who want to share their commitment with one another, and share resources, and take care of any dependents, if any,” you know? If you look at that purpose, there’s nothing there about children. It doesn’t even have to be a sexual relationship… It’s nothing but a government registry of friendships.

Now why would we need a government registry of friendships? We don’t! We don’t need that. No one needs that. And so the next step after removing the gender requirement from marriage will be — must be — to say, “Who needs marriage at all? Let’s get rid of it. It’s stupid. It doesn’t do anything.”

Watch her full remarks:


It’s unclear how Morse defines family. Walker’s definition, as paraphrased, suggests family units that share resources, take care of each other, and raise children. Those seem like really important reasons to marry, not to mentions protections that marriage can guarantee for all families. Same-sex couples are just as capable of making loving life commitments to each other and just as capable of raising families. By reducing them to “friendships,” Morse proves that she either doesn’t know what she’s even talking about or, more likely, doesn’t care.