People who oppose marriage equality like to pretend as if they’re fighting the good fight for America’s future. Because, you know, gay marriage will destroy families, which are the cornerstone of our nation’s future, and therefore they’re true patriots for protecting Lady Liberty.
This placard, from a National Organization for Marriage rally in Indianapolis, proves otherwise.
Snapped by Alice Hoenigman for my buddies over at the Bilerico Project, this shot depicts two things, one that’s “traditional” for anti-gay activists, and another that paints them as clearly Un-American. The first? An oft-misconstrued quotation from Leviticus. The second? Two nooses, a not-so-subtle reference to lynching.
The intimation, then, is that gay marriage can be prevented by mob rule, an idea that runs counter to our nation’s Constitution.
Lynching was most in vogue during the Civil War and the Reconstruction, when white people feared that their way of life would be uprooted by rogue black people. The mob mentality was revived with new vigor during the Civil Rights era, most notably with the death of Emmet Till. Sure, lynching has arisen since then, but not with the same regularity or acceptance.
Now that anti-gay activists are feeling the homo heat and worried about a new wave of civil rights, at least one, and I suspect many more, are again looking toward lynching for answers. Too bad the abuse of power goes against the United States of America’s core principles.
The Constitution makes its position on criminal punishments quite clear: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” The key term here is “due process.”
Lynching relies entirely on vigilante rule, rather than rule of law. To suggest that gay marriage can be stopped via lynching, then, undercuts the Constitution. And these people claim to be red-blooded Americans? More like black-hearted.
If NOM wants to maintain its fabricated moral superiority, it needs to come out against this man and anyone else who displays inherently images that condone lynching, beatings or any other sort of vigilante justice. Not that such a move would bolster that image, but at least they won’t look more backward than they already do . . . .