The Arc Is Bending Toward Marriage Equality

There's a saying — often attributed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., although it was around well before his day — that "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice."

The whining weenies on the right complaining that Senator Rob Portman is allowing himself to be led off the proper path by supporting his gay son look increasingly like a shrinking band of irrelevant tantrum-throwers. The arc is bending and they're getting left behind. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is shrinking in your rearview mirror.

Portman may be the first prominent Republican to voice his support for marriage equality. But many of the others seem to be a bit less, shall we say?, vehement than they have been in the past. As Republicans ponder how to keep their party viable in the face of increasingly unfriendly demographics, they have to face the fact that younger people don't consider marriage equality a big deal.

And here in Ohio there's this:

The far-right Columbus Dispatch polled the issue and ran the results this weekend. It found

Ohioans’ sentiments have shifted dramatically since voters overwhelmingly supported the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage.

It found 54% of Ohioans favoring marriage equality and 40% opposed — less than a decade after 62% voted in favor of the "Defense of Marriage" constitutional amendment in 2004.

While speakers from Equality Ohio and the Human Rights Campaign talked last week at a Cleveland Stonewall Democrats meeting about how your percentage of supporters needed to be at least 57% to have a good chance of passing marriage equality, I'm hearing rumors that these groups are becoming more enthusiastic about revving up the campaign in Ohio. That's good news indeed.

Meanwhile, Chris Long of the Ohio Christian Alliance is stuck back in 2004, having pants-wetting fantasies about what marriage equality would mean.

And according to the Dispatch, he even seems to be having a panic attack based on phantoms.

If gay marriage becomes legal, Long said, it may not be long before American Christians — like some already in Canada — are prosecuted for spreading hate speech merely for sharing Biblical passages, such as those from the book of Genesis, or those in which Jesus discusses men and women leaving their parents and becoming one flesh, with no acknowledgement of same-sex unions.

Maybe Long should spend less time working himself into a lather about "homosexuals" and more time reading the Bible because it's a stretch to the breaking point to interpret the words of Jesus this way.

If you'd like to help collect signature to put marriage equality on the Ohio ballot, you can download a petition here:

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