The National Organization for Marriage is prepping for its next front in the war on equality by buying up a lot of site names indicating that there are gays who oppose marriage equality. It is not a surprise. After all, NOM wants to use our own ignorance against us. In every minority, there are those who oppose equality. They may not like the idea of moving quite so fast, or they may feel that they do not deserve equality, or they may long for a time when things were different and more segregated.
During the Black Civil Rights Movement, there were those who argued in opposition to Martin Luther King Jr. They felt that his tactics were rocking the boat too much, and that his push to gain equal rights was doing more to harm Blacks than it was helping. They looked at the violence that occurred in the backlashes and felt that things would be better without trying to change the nation.
The Women’s Rights Movement certainly has had their share of women opposed to equality. Chief among those is Phyllis Schafly, but there are many more. Many Republican women are opposed to equality for women, and it should not be surprising that they oppose women’s rights while benefitting from them enormously. A big recent example is Sarah Palin who opposes everything that women have in terms of rights, but enjoys the benefits of them anyway.
NOM’s attempt smacks of the desperation that it truly is made of. After all, we already know that there are gays who are opposed to equality. GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans may be, nominally, for equality, but their actions are more telling that they do not support equality. So, this cynical attempt to try and drive a wedge between the various members of the LGBT Community is not going to work. Those to the Right of GOProud and LCR are already sidelined. Oh, trying to bring their voices to the front might give them some visibility, but they won’t really change many minds.
The time has come for NOM to realize that they are at the end of their days; however, that does not mean that the LGBT Community should stop fighting. Sometimes those who are at the end of their time fight far harder than they should.