Gay Marriage and the Coming Destruction of America’s Adorable Inns – The Awl

Hereisalonglookatthestategaymarriagevoteslastmonth,andhowallfourwerewon。

Thesuccessfultacticinthefieldwaspersonalappealandone-on-oneconversation:themajorityofpeopleareconflictedfence-sitters,whoarelikelystrugglingbetweenconceptsoffairnessandthevaluesthey’vegrownupwith。

Andit’ssafetosayitworked:“InMinnesota,20percentofMittRomney’ssupportersvotedagainstthegay-marriageban;inMaryland,25percentofRepublicansvotedtolegalizegaymarriage。

”Andwhat?

now?

IntheweekssinceElectionDay,thesame-sexmarriagecampaignershavebeenconductingfollow-upresearch,debriefing,andplanningtheirnextsteps。

AMainestatewidepollthegroupconductedpost-electionattemptedtoparsewhatworkedandwhatdidn’t。

Voterswereasked,regardlessofhowtheyvoted,whichsourceofinformationwasmostimportantinmakinguptheirminds。

Thetopchoice,at24percent,was“friends,neighbors,andfamily”?

—?

amajorvalidationoftheconversation-basedstrategy。

Nextwastelevisionads,with20percent,while“gayorlesbianfriends,familyandcoworkers”cameinthird,anintriguingfindingthatindicatesthatitwasthestraightalliesofgaymarriagethatmadethebiggestdifference。

Ofcoursetherewillbenomorestatesinwhichgayscanmarry,whensoonitallgoesofftherails:soonwewillfindthatgaymarriageactuallyisdestroyingthesocietiesofNewYork,Maine,Iowaandtheothergaymarriagestates。

TakeitfromFrankSchubert,whorantheProp8campaigninCalifornia,whosuccessfullyconvincedvoterstherethatgaymarriageisBadForAllOf?

Us。

“Ouropponentstoldthevoters,‘Noconsequences!

Nothingtofear!

’Ofcourse,that’snottrue,”hesaid。

“Araftofproblemswillappearthatwe’llbeabletopointto。

Thetruthofthematteristhatsame-sexmarriagecreatesahostofconflictswithpeoplewhodisagreewithit。

That’sjustafact。

Youwillstarttoseeweddingphotographerssuedandfined,innkeepersputoutofbusiness,churchessued,smallbusinessessued。

Thenpeoplewillsay,‘Whoa,Ididn’tthinkthiswasgoingtohappen。

’”

Yes,Americawillhavetoriseupagainstthemenaceofbeardedgayschoolteachercoupleswholiketoweekendandallthoseinn-goinglesbianswithlawyers。

WiththeendofsmallbusinessesinAmerica,we’lljustgostate-by-stateandrepealthesegaymarriagesandeverythingwillbefine。

That’sexactlyhowthiswillshake?


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