On January 25th, Newt Gingrich held a conference call for some of his religious supporters. During the call, Newt was explaining why the Religious Right should be supporting him for President. Interestingly enough, Newt brought up an idea that I had years ago about marriage equality, but I have neither the money nor the connections to pursue this idea. The following is a quote from that call.
It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.
You may have stopped reading that quote during the first or second sentence. If you did, please go back and read the entire quote. Believe me, it will be worth the bile that forms whenever you think of Newt talking about marriage rights. Go on. Read the whole quote.
Okay. Now that you have read the entire quote, you are probably wondering how I got the title of this blog. The key to that is in the last part of his quote. “The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors”. Basically, Newt is stating that marriage equality is a perfectly natural part of a nationally recognized religion in the United States. That is very significant because of the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
By denying marriage equality rights to Pagans, the United States Government and 42 states are prohibiting the free exercise of what Newt confirms is a natural part of Paganism. A rational person would almost have to conclude that the anti-gay marriage amendments in every state and the federal level are unconstitutional. Thank you Newt for providing a rational, constitutional reason for expanding marriage equality to all 50 states as well as at the Federal level.
If only I had the money or the connections to push this in a court of law.
(editor’s note: if you believe in marriage equality, pass this post along. Hopefully this idea will get to people who have the money and/or connections to test this in the courts. If this helps even one state get marriage equality, it will be worth the seconds that it takes for you to pass this along.)