President Obama backed same-sex marriage Wednesday, while Fox News contributor Sally Kohn, in her piece for Fox News Opinion, shares what she wishes President Obama’s statement on same sex “marriage” would be.
In her dream speech Kohn wants President Obama to admit that “No one is perfect” in relation to his very clear support of traditional marriage over the years. This is because she equates the issue to that of race. “Far too many of our own ancestors used phony science and selective religion for the plain purpose of blatant discrimination,” she says.
That, of course, would include the president in this case. If we follow her logic, President Obama was a bigot in 2004 when he was asked, “What in [his] religious faith calls [him] to be against gay marriage?” He stated, “what I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.” Although the president believed in civil unions back then, he was clear that marriage should be preserved as God’s model for marriage.
So was he a bigot who relied on “phony science” and “selective religion,” back then?
Or is it not the case that one can believe that it is best for society to continue to uphold marriage, as the union between one man and one woman, above all other sexual relationships, without some animus towards homosexuals?
Kohn and President Obama know all too well that the answer is yes. Sexual behavior and race are not the same thing.
Although, President Obama says his views are “evolving,” and he is allowed to change his mind on the issue, that does not mean and he should certainly not say now that all who held the same view he held back then are somehow compared to the Ku Klux Klan.
Kohn goes on to appeal to the emotions of every mom out there by talking about bullied kids. But bullying has nothing to do with supporting traditional marriage and it is disingenuous at best to suggest those who support traditional marriage somehow support kids being bullied.
As a mother of two, and a strong supporter of traditional marriage, I would be the first to stand up against any kid being bullied. For any reason. Period. And for supporters of lesbian, "gay," bisexual and transgender (LGBT) "rights,” to exploit the issue to promote “gay” marriage is shameful. The problem of bullying in schools is real and we must swiftly deal with it, regardless of how marriage is defined.
But of course this is all meant to deceive people. As we have seen time and time again, some LGBT supporters are perfectly fine with bullying Christians for their strongly held religious views on marriage.
Just recently, author and columnist Dan Savage, who claims to be working to combat bullying by promoting LGBT "rights,” and whose efforts are supported by President Obama, bullied Christian students at a journalism conference for the "bulls**t" they believe in the Bible, calling them “pansy-a**ed.” Maybe Ms. Kohn should advise President Obama to include that on his speech.
Kohn gets it wrong again in her fictional statement when she asserts that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Every time the American people have been given the vote, they have voted against gay marriage. In California, the deciding vote came from a large part of the African American community who voted for Obama and also for traditional marriage.
Kohn’s argument, of course, paints them as somehow racists also.
A recent national survey, commissioned by the Alliance Defense Fund and completed by Public Opinion Strategies, revealed that 62 percent of Americans believe “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” Again, every time the American people have had a chance to vote, they vote to uphold the traditional definition of marriage.
With the president changing his mind in support of gay marriage, the one thing he should not do is turn around and call every person who supports heterosexual marriage based on their sincerely held religious belief a bigot.
Not only would it not be credible, but he would be contributing to an increasing hostility towards our First Amendment rights that has poisoned our freedoms for many years now.
Penny Young Nance is president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest women’s public policy organization. She is the author of the forthcoming book "Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women" (Zondervan 2016).