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Evan Wolfson: ‘Gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses’

'Marriage is not defined by who is denied it'
Sunday, March 24, 2013

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this week in two historic same-sex marriage cases — one challenging California’s ban on gay marriage, and the other challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act — supporters and opponents of marriage equality are stepping up their cases in the court of public opinion.

Evan Wolfson

Appearing Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson once again dispels the myth that allowing gay couples to marry would somehow devalue heterosexual unions:

“Marriage is not defined by who is denied it. When gay people share in the freedom to marry, it doesn’t change your marriage, it doesn’t change Tony Perkins’ marriage. My marriage is my marriage. And it means that I’m able to share in the same aspirations of commitment and love and support and dedication and connectedness, and that my parents are able to dance at our wedding. And our family and friends are able to support and celebrate and hold us accountable for the commitment we’ve made to one another. That takes nothing away from anyone else.

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Gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses when we enter marriage. And this is not just somebody saying it. We now have nine states plus the District of Columbia, fourteen countries on four continents in which gay people share in the freedom to marry, and the result is families are helped and no one is hurt.”

Also joining the panel discussion were Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (FRC), David Frum from the Daily Beast, Austin Nimocks from Alliance Defending Freedom, and marriage Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

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Also Sunday, Fox News contributor and former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, appearing on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” said that he can imagine the next Republican nominee for the White House supporting marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. full shit there not we got so many licenses

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:34am
  2. He has ‘dumbass’ written on his forehead.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:36am
  3. i think the idiots are running out of arguments and accusations against us..

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:42am
  4. 1). Frances, learn to speak English; your “sentence” makes ABSOLUTELY no sense!
    2). Nick,I’m not sure what side you’re on.
    3). Randy, you’re absolutely right—as always!
    4). Deaven

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:47am
  5. Ha! Yeah didn’t know we were running out of paper.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:48am
  6. He’s a dumbass…

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:48am
  7. Frances Carodine, what are you trying to say? That has got to be one of the strangest sentences I’ve ever tried to read.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:49am
  8. btw I understood what the article was on about. I was just making a general point that the anti gay idiots are running out of excuses.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:49am
  9. He actually is supporting same sex marriage..watch the video !

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:54am
  10. Oh..he’s on OUR side. Sorry, the headline just throws one into a fit because we are so used to anti-gays saying dumb things.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:59am
  11. Basically Lisa, you are saying that you judge people before physically researching things, got it.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:05am
  12. Is he on our side or the asshole side???

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:07am
  13. It is funny how many stupid people are here. The quote says that gay people are not going to use all the marriage licenses. If you have a brain and use it, you will logically conclude that he saying that it is physically impossible for gays to stop straights from getting married by getting married themselves. You people need to start learning how to use that big brain of yours and think before you talk otherwise you sound like the most, dumbasses.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:10am
  14. Wow! I think the IQ level for some people this post is about 75! WTF people??? Are some of you related to Tony Perkins? That man is a moron! He NEVER answered the question about the distinction between civil i.e. “non-religious marriages” which the government issues all the time to us heathens out here and his “natural” i.e. “religious” marriages! Not even all straight people want a religious marriage. Are THEY destroying our “values” and society? Nope. Didn’t say crap about them. He was so quick to point out that GLBT marriages, where legal, are destroying the religious rights of Christians. Ummm… it’s called discrimination. I’m not talking about forcing a church to marry gay people. They don’t have to. But flower shops, bakeries, caterers, limousine rentals etc… who refuse to serve people, just because they are gay? That is discrimination, not “religious freedom”. In the 1960′s when interracial couples were refused service, before the law was changed, that was the way it worked. You could still go to jail for marrying out of your race! The Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a CIVIL RIGHT, and you were free to marry whomever the hell you wanted… except for now, it’s GLBT people. Tony Perkins and his ilk have no legal leg to stand on. You can’t use religion to deny people their civil rights.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:39am
  15. I honestly do not understand what is so confusing about the title. Anyways. Well put Mr. Wolfson, thank you.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:41am
  16. We are going to use up all the love!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:46am
  17. For those of you bashing the people who are confused by the title– you’re only making yourselves look like total jerks. They got confused, you didn’t, so what? Does that entitle you to belittle them? Sometimes I get annoyed with the LGBTQ community, because certain people can be just as rude and condescending as the bigots. I wasn’t confused by the title, but I can see how some people would be. Keep your comments to yourself if you don’t have anything nice to say.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:54am
  18. ^ I agree

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:56am
  19. Yes. If you are going to comment, please read the article first. I will comment on the last part of the article. Of course the Republican party will consider favoring same sex marriage in the 2016 election. By then, it will certainly be a majority of Americans who are for it. They will forget all their so-called values, and do what ever it take to win, and when they get in office, they will come up with some crappy excuse to start denying people civil rights again

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:13pm