In addition to the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage late last week, there was also the “Road to Majority” conference put on by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. Ralph Reed told the audience that the battle against marriage equality is like the battle against slavery — and they’re totally gonna win.
In a speech during a breakout session at the group’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C., Ralph Reed explained that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dred Scott, which resolved that slaves were the property of their owners even if they traveled to free states, was instructive for advocates fighting against marriage equality. Following the ruling, Reed argued, many believed the cause of abolition was doomed, but the decision actually energized anti-slavery advocates and they eventually triumphed.
“The battle looked like it was lost, but it really wasn’t,” Reed said. “And that’s kind of like where we are right now. Anybody heard lately that we’re losing the marriage issue? Anybody heard that argument? You notice some similarities? I’m not comparing slavery to same-sex marriage, OK? I’m just pointing out that when you have these fights, what’s interesting is that if you look at same-sex marriage, it’s now legal in 17 states.”
Reed went on to say: “Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, had done it by referendum or by state legislature. In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage.”
Actually it does. Poll after poll over the last 2-3 years shows that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Reed, of course, is just filtering out the data that is contrary to what he wants to be true. He has to at least pretend that they’re still gonna win because if you publicly admit otherwise, people stop sending you money.