You have to hand it to the religious right. No one does apocalyptic drama better than they do when their leaders don’t get their way. The passage of marriage equality in New York had the usual suspects’ predicting the end of civilization—and the start of a whole new round of fundraising off our success. Here’s a selection of some of the choicer comments to come from the amen corner of the losing side.
Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network: In history there’s never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived. There isn’t one single civilization that has survived that openly embraced homosexuality.
Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York: “I think society and culture is at its peril if we presume to tamper with what has been given and already cherished through the history of civilization.”
Ted Beahr, Christian Film and Television Commission: “New York and the other increasingly socialized states have not only violated God’s law, they have also violated their own Constitution and the will of the governed. When they do that, they are just like King George. They have abdicated their moral and legal authority and are subject to indictment, trial and just punishment.”
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: “Enormous political coercion has resulted in a profound failure of moral courage in the New York Senate. A clear majority of the people of New York oppose counterfeit ‘marriage,’ but Gov. Cuomo and anti-family lawmakers have shown that their allegiance is to a small but vocal minority seeking to redefine marriage and family.”
Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage: “In response to last night’s vote, I have doubled our pledge to New York, committing at least $2 million dollars to make sure that New York Republicans understand that voting for gay marriage has consequences…Will you join us with a generous donation to NOM PAC New York? With your help, this battle has just begun. Your gift of $50, $100, or even $1000 or more will help get us off to a powerful start. In the next sixteen months we will change the faces of Albany.”
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