It's time for this "we need to protect marriage" con to die. And it will. It could happen in North Carolina or Minnesota. Both states are facing anti-marriage-equality votes next year. Or it could happen before then.
At a time when LGBT people are achieving important progress at the national, state and local level, this pledge is a throwback to an intolerant, discriminatory past wholly out of step with the majority of the American people.
Days before the NY Senate voted for marriage equality, NOM head Maggie Gallagher brought up the negative impacts of marriage equality by citing the work of "leading legal scholars." The scholars she spoke of are not objective.
Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage claims his organization wants a respectful discussion as to the merits of being against gay marriage. Based on the actions of NOM, one can't help but question the veracity of his statement.
The GOP's coalition relies on the support of those who prioritize suspicion, fear, and the politics of exclusion. The fight over CPAC's guest list shows just how unstable that sort of coalition can be.