Friday, April 8, 2011

Louis J. Marinelli on the road to Damascus

Former National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Louis J. Marinelli now supports same-sex civil marriage. What changed his mind? From here:
Ironically, one of the last tour stops added to the itinerary was Atlanta and I bring this site up because it was in Atlanta that I can remember that I questioned what I was doing for the first time. The NOM showing in the heart of the Bible-belt was dismal and the hundreds of counter-protesters who showed up were nothing short of inspiring.

Even though I had been confronted by the counter-protesters throughout the marriage tour, the lesbian and gay people whom I made a profession out of opposing became real people for me almost instantly. For the first time I had empathy for them and remember asking myself what I was doing.
You mean that seeing real live LGBT people and consequently relating to them as people enters into it? Who knew?

He also says:
Lastly, I came to understand the difference between civil marriage and holy marriage as in the sacrament of the Catholic Church. Let me rephrase. I understood that but either willingly chose not to accept it or just didn’t see it. Regardless, I see it now and the significance of that is as follows:

Once you understand the great difference between civil marriage and holy marriage, there is not one valid reason to forbid the former from same-sex couples, and all that is left to protect is the latter.

Indeed Christians and Catholics alike are well within their right to demand that holy matrimony, a sacrament and service performed by the Church and recognized by the Church, remains between a man and a woman as their faith would dictate. However, that has nothing to do with civil marriage, performed and recognized by the State in accordance with state law.
We should emphasize this point, since so many 'phobes either cannot or will not recognize it. In this secular country, what you do among consenting adults in the privacy of your own church is one thing, but the rights that the rest of us enjoy are another.

1 comment:

Aardvark said...

Precisely. "Holy matrimony" is for religious folk and should be done in a church. Marriage however comes from the same root word as merger and is simply a civil contract.