Oh no, they say, we’re not going to demand equal time in school curricula, we’re not going to force churches to marry us against their will… We just want “marriage,” that’s ALL we want. Then we’ll be happy, we’ll go home, we’ll get off your temple gates shouting hateful obscenities and threatening your livelihoods and lives– because we’re really loving, gentle people, folks!
And yet the cracks continue to spread through the bastion of our society. The latest fissure: The online dating service eHarmony’s announcement that they would be launching a same-sex dating site, CompatiblePartners.net. The matchmaker service has made it clear it does not want to do this, but after Eric McKinley, 46, saw there were no “men-seeking-men” options on the company’s Web site (as the LA Times article points out), “instead of just surfing over to a dating site that admits gay lonely hearts, he contacted the New Jersey civil rights division to file a complaint.”
As a result of the settlement, the gays get a Web site and free 6-month memberships, NJ gets $50,000 administrative fees, McKinley gets $5,000 plus a 1-year free membership. And the good people at eHarmony… well… they– along with other businesses in the country– are left with fewer freedoms than they had before, to run their companies the way they want. All because some guy who didn’t have a date Saturday night decided to take advantage of the political climate, make a stink, make a buck.
It kills me the pansy civil rights office went with it, and that eHarmony was sufficiently intimidated to comply. And this is just one drop in the bucket– one disgruntled person with a “politically correct” agenda.
Make no mistake– the same-sex community will NOT stop with Prop 8, and they will not be satisfied with just eHarmony.com. Next, they’ll want demonstrative CompatiblePartners TV commercials. Then they will go after the school curricula and the churches and any other part of traditional society they can overturn. It’ll be push, push, push– and the cracks will multiply and get bigger each time because of precedents.
I think we’re getting past the point where considering such thinking is unreasonable. Last October, Brother Bednar made this statement. If it sounds familiar now, it’s going to ring like the Liberty Bell in a few months:
“There are people who push at the edges of what is legally allowable and they use the courts to try to make additional progress for their particular point of view.
“Therefore, if you have a church and it does not recognize same-gender marriage, that’s discrimination, and you should not be allowed to do that. It’s not just wild and crazy to suggest that there could be sanctions against the teaching of our doctrine because we focus on marriage between a man and a woman, and would not place on equal standing a marraiage between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman.”
I was going to give the subject a break for a while, but I’m pissed. Despite what the leaders of “No on 8″ and sympathetic columnists have argued, the ugly pictures the “Yes on 8″ team have painted are feasible and likely. If you believe in an apocalyptic vision like Chris Bigelow’s, you’ll just tell me I’m understating. I really hope you’re wrong.
Brothers and sisters, it’s not over, and it’s not just Prop 8. Time to put away the plowshares and get heeled. The real storm is still coming.