I watched a gay marriage debate on the Dr. Phil show. The first was back in February and it was so heated, they kept it going and showed the second part in May. Maggie likes to present herself as a very matronly leader, being soft spoken and playing the kid card are every opening she can. That show had a half for gay marriage side and a half against gay marriage side. The panel included six-For: Attorney Gloria Allred, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson and HRC president Joe Solmonese; Against-NOM president Maggie Gallagher,Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego cty, and Yes on Prop 8 co-chair Jeff Flint. What struck me about this show discussion was a heated exchange between an African-American woman and a gay man. There was a lot of yelling and scream and she set it off because she was pissed that the "struggle" was being hijacked by gays and they knew nothing of the day to day struggles blacks go through in the country. She then had the audacity to scream at the guy that there were millions of ex-gays and that no one had ever seen or known and ex-black. That comparision pissed me off. Maggie, throughout the exchange on the show, always when back to the issue centering on the children being raised by the two halves created by God, man and woman. Listening to it, I was flabbergasted how anyone with a pennie sized bit of common sense would by into the arguments presented by the opposing side. In fact, Dr. Phil asked the wife of a straight couple who was sitting on the against side how the male gay couple sitting across the aisle from her impacted her marriage. Her answer was: Well, uh, uh. insert crickets here.
What the opponents have in their arsenal is ignorance wrapped in fear. That is a powerful weapon and it was evident in that show. The ironic thing about it though is that it is easily defeated if we are vigilant and push back at every opportunity; give it as well as they give it.