Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Maybe NOM Needs Doppler Radar

Seeing an end to life as we know it in the wake of Vermont legalizing same-sex marriage, the National Organization for Marriage decided to make a (rather sappy IMHO) ad letting everyone know what they could expect if this is allowed to go any further:At first blush, some of them seem quite serious: punishing a church because they won't recognize a gay couple? That doesn't seem right. However, as you've probably guessed, there's more to each of these stories than meets the eye. HRC goes into more detail, but here's the basic gist:

1) A doctor who must choose between her faith and her job
This is a reference to California's Benitez decision, which ruled that doctors who perform elective procedures cannot refuse to perform the procedure on moral grounds if the patient is legally allowed to undergo it. In this particular case, it had to do with a doctor who refused to perform an in vitro fertilization on a lesbian.

2) A New Jersey church that's punished by the state
This is a reference to a church that owns and operates a beachside pavilion as a money-making enterprise. The pavilion is open for public use, and has been used for concerts, weddings, and Civil War reenactments ... but the church refuses to allow a gay civil union ceremony. Per New Jersey law, if the church operates a public place, it must abide by public anti-discrimination laws, and the church was fined accordingly.

3) A parent whose child's school teaches that gay marriage is 'ok'
The school in question had a program which taught students about all the different kinds of families they might encounter; from married to divorced to single-parent to foster-parent to bi-racial to military to grandparent to gay. In Massachussetts (where the school is located), gay marriage is legal. Thus the school included a gay couple as part of the program. The mother flipped out, and demanded that the school eliminate the gay couple (but not the rest of the program) because she didn't agree with the law. The school refused.

While you're at it, you probably want to check out National Review's editorial against the Vermont legislation. Quite telling, really, but I'm too tired to write about it now.

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