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Chairman of Maryland Marriage Alliance: Same-Sex Marriage is Not a Civil Right

 

Derek McCoy in The Afro:

As executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, I am compelled to address Julian Bond’s recent opinion editorial featured in The Afro on Sept. 5.

I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Bond. He holds an honored place in the Civil Rights movement. In his role as chairman emeritus of the NAACP, he continues to speak out with passion and conviction on issues of civil rights. However, by equating the same-sex marriage movement to the civil rights movement, Mr. Bond is simply wrong.

During the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans, both black and white, were literally being murdered in the struggle to give African Americans basic freedoms. What were those freedoms? They were fighting for access to education, access to health care, access to jobs, access to decent housing. They were literally fighting for the freedom to be able to move around in their own country.

Gays and lesbians who want to redefine marriage have no such struggle. They are protesting because they are not able to call a relationship what it is not.

... Our work across the state shows that Marylanders do not believe that the definition of marriage should change. Even after the
president and the NAACP threw their weight behind same-sex marriage, our alliance garnered over 200,000 signatures for a petition to protect the definition of marriage. This number was more than three times the number required, so many that the Maryland State Board of Elections stopped counting.

13 Comments

  1. Zack
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I can't imagine why anyone would submit their humanity to the will of the government. The social left is pitiful.

  2. Garrett
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    "During the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans, both black and white, were literally being murdered in the struggle to give African Americans basic freedoms."

    "Gays and lesbians who want to redefine marriage have no such struggle."

    Excuse me?

    Dong Xian (forced to commit suicide)
    Giovanni di Giovanni (sodomized with hot iron)
    Jacopo Bonfadio (beheaded)
    Mervyn Touchet (beheaded)
    Jerome Duquesnoy (burned at the stake)
    Lisbetha Olsdotter (beheaded)
    Joan of Arc (burned at the stake)
    John Hepburn (hung)
    Ada Brown (drowned)
    Jiu Jin "Qinxiong" (beheaded)
    Edmund Heines (shot by SS)
    Karl Ernst (SS firing squad)
    Claude Berkeley (beaten and drowned)
    Michelle Confait (burned alive)
    Harvey Milk (assassinated)
    Carole Ann Oeting (shot)
    Marsha P. Johnson (drowned)
    Brandon Teena (beaten to death)
    Matthew Shepard (tied to fence, pistol whipped)
    Lawrence King (shot)
    Tyler Clementi (suicide)
    Billy Lucas (suicide)
    Mary Christine Chapa (shot)
    Mollie Judith Olgin (shot)

  3. John Noe
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Great job Derek: He looks like he is one black American who gets it and understands it.

  4. M. Jones
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Garrett, personal psychological abnormalities do not a civil rights issue make.

  5. John N.
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    During the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans, both black and white, were literally being murdered in the struggle to give African Americans basic freedoms. What were those freedoms? They were fighting for access to education, access to health care, access to jobs, access to decent housing. They were literally fighting for the freedom to be able to move around in their own country

    Gays and lesbians who want to redefine marriage have no such struggle.

    This was very well put by Derek. The struggles that blacks went through while the homosexuals suffered nothing. When were they ever forced to sit at the back of the bus.

    Black did not chose their skin color and cannot change who they are while every single homosexual chose to be this way. If they all had changed their conduct and behaved normally we would not be having this discussion. Remember homosexuals can change while blacks cannot.

  6. Richard
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    John N. you are so completely out there as to be on another planet. Homosexuals have faced persecution, imprisonment, medical experiments, torture and death. All because of their sexual orientation and vileness of the church and it's book. Science is pretty clear, it sexual orientation cannot be changed.

  7. Randy E King
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    @Richard.

    There is no actual science available to that agrees with your ridiculous assertions; none.

    The very fact that you refuse to acknowledge biological scientific fact on serves to prove that you yourself know the desire to masturbate against a same gender companion is indefensible on its own merits.

    What you claim as science is nothing. This is like asking illegal immigrants if they chose to immigrate illegally; they will nearly always provide an answer that is most beneficial to themselves.

    Go sell crazy somewhere else; we are not buying any today.

  8. Garrett
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    M. Jones -- are you saying those murders were justified?

  9. John N.
    Posted September 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Poster #6 is out of it, as they continue to parrot the same old lie of being born this way. They refuse to take any responsibility for their chosen behavior as the homsexuality is completely voluntarily.

  10. Zack
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    @Richard

    "Homosexuals have faced persecution, imprisonment, medical experiments, torture and death."

    I'd like to know what instances in history you are referring to with that wild assertion. If you're talking about the Holocaust then you need to do more research.

    "All because of their sexual orientation and vileness of the church and it's book."

    False. Absolutely false. Homosexuals were never once in the history of man kind victims of religion. Never.

  11. Paul Mc
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I thought NOM blog comments tended towards hyperbole but not insanity.

    To say that homosexuals have never been persecuted by religion is insane. Google it. It's easy. It's historical fact that homosexuality was severely punished and the justification was the Bible. It's referred to as sodomy for that reason - the City of Sodom.

  12. Paul Mc
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Zak, the Nazis persecuted homosexuals. Unlike you I have been to a concentration camp and studied the records and saw the system of labelling (pink triangle).

  13. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    'Tis true--SSM is not an unalienable right. And "gay" people have always been permitted to marry.