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Alan Davis, Moorhead, Published May 12 2012

Marriage equality is only moral choice for Americans to make

For the first time, a sitting president of the United States has announced his support for gay marriage. His announcement has created a bit of a fuss, especially from bigots. And, yes, let’s be blunt about the truth: Anybody who opposes marriage equality is a bigot.

If you use religion or science or nationalism to justify being a bigot, then you’re also a hypocrite. At least admit you’re a bigot if you intend to oppose the basic human right of marrying the person you love, and we can respect your honesty while we question your morality and common sense.

In the 1930s, in Germany, the Nazis justified segregating, bullying, incarcerating and murdering Jews (and other minority groups) by quoting religious, scientific and nationalistic scripture. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

When I was a boy, in the Deep South, where I grew up, African-Americans were told that there were religious, social and scientific reasons to segregate them and that they would be arrested (or lynched) if they had a romantic relationship (or even flirted) with a “white” man or woman. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

As a true conservative, I suspect that Mitt Romney, whose core values favor corporations, is indifferent to gay marriage – bigotry is usually bad for the corporate bottom line. Romney wants some bigots to vote for him, though. He’s a hypocrite, but almost every politician has been a hypocrite on this issue. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

As for the bigots, they’re still everywhere, but now a majority of Americans, including all of us who are true conservatives, see through their dirty dishwater scare tactics. They’ve become a joke, especially the way they use religion or science or nationalism to justify bigotry. They scare themselves more than they bother us. They’ll stew in their own juices and create a bit of a fuss until they’re done. They might even manage to pass their version of an anti-Semitic or Jim Crow law that discriminates against marriage equality.

Just keep in mind that they’re small-potato people who were wrong then and are wrong now. Support marriage equality if you believe that we can live in one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

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