The blog Joe. My. God. screen shots a tweet by former National Organization for Marriage worker, Thomas Peters.
Peter’s tweet, and the article that he links to, R.R. Reno’s ‘Marriage Equality Now’, seem to call out the gay rights struggle for marriage equality as a reason–among others–that the poor are staying poor:
The Human Rights Campaign, a leader in gay rights, claims to promote marriage equality. If you’re one of the small minority of gays and lesbians in America who wants to get married, I suppose that makes sense. But viewed with any degree of objectivity, it’s an absurd claim, because it ignores the increasingly profound marriage inequality in society at large.
The Human Rights Campaign and supporters of gay marriage from Andrew Cuomo to Alan Simpson also ignore an inconvenient fact: the striking correspondence of the increasingly elite support for sexual freedom and the accelerating growth of marriage inequality. As the Human Rights Campaign succeeds in achieving its goals of normalizing homosexuality and securing same-sex marriage, poor America gets hit with declining economic prospects and a zippy, new, postmodern marriage culture that works for the rich but not for them. Elton John gets a husband and baby while the ordinary Jims and Janes in America get—nothing.
Striking how both Reno’s blog post and Peter’s tweet ignore the obvious contribution of anti-gay marriage animus as a luxury good paid for by the poor. National Organization for Marriage, American Family Association, Family Research Council and all of the other state based organizations like them have spent their time and money in blocking equality for gay and lesbian couples. It’s been reported that Proposition 8; California’s now defunct constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, cost $40 million dollars, and that was just to put it on the ballot. What could $40 million have done for the poor. What could have all the hours spent collecting signatures; having rallies; crisscrossing the state to promote the cause, done had they been directed not at thwarting equality for gay men and lesbians, but toward a more charitable endeavor.
I’ve never seen any of the above named organizations go on any media outlets to talk about what kind of work they are doing outside of fighting against gay rights. Do they even do any of this work? If so, why don’t they talk about it more. The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has been using his latest media blitz to talk about not drinking beer, and what’s a fair rule about who gets to march in a parade. I know nothing of what the Catholic League is doing to help the poor; because, if it is happening, Donohue is not talking about it. He and all these other organizations are making the choice to talk about their opposition to gay rights.
They could choose not to. They could choose to turn their anti-gay efforts to helping the poor through a variety of legislative, manpower and financial efforts. They could choose to spend their media appearances and PR campaigns to calling attention to the disparity to rich and poor, and to helping the poor become less poor, but they don’t. Instead, they spend all those efforts at the expense of the poor. They spend all that time, effort and money into keeping another group in their correct place and from getting any further ahead. Harming both groups at the price of one.