While many conservatives would love nothing more than a constitutional ammendment banning gay marriage, the right-wing’s efforts to vote on the bill are transparent: they’re merely a means to mobilize Republican voters to get to the booths. And, in all likelihood, it’s going to work. So while the bill’s chances of passing are slim, the potential ammendent isn’t water under the bridge just yet, which is why we’re pleased to see the interfath coalition Clergy for Fairness mobilizing on its own, empowering supporters to send postcards arguing against the ammendent to members of Congress.
But you wouldn’t expect something like this to go down without any opposition.
Among those represented by the coalition are clergy members and groups affiliated with mainline Protestant churches; the Interfaith Alliance; Jewish groups including the Anti-Defamation League, the Union for Reform Judaism and the National Council of Jewish Women; Sikh groups; and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
Four weeks ago, 50 prominent conservative Christian and Jewish leaders, including evangelicals and Roman Catholic cardinals and archbishops, signed a petition backing the amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.
Those leaders also promised to distribute postcards to their congregants to urge support of the amendment. The Knights of Columbus alone is distributing 10 million postcards to Catholic churches.
But the real catch? Members of the Clergy for Fairness, which is technically on our side, don’t necessarily hold a steadfast view on gay marriage or even being gay. They just want to make sure the Constitution isn’t used to discriminate against an entire class of people. Something about the end justifying the means, we’re assuming.