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.
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.
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.
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.