Skip to comments.Marriage Talking Points [How to Effectively Portray and Defend True Definition]
Posted on 07/30/2012 12:15:56 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Answering the Toughest Questions
Strong majorities of Americans oppose gay marriage. Supporters of SSM therefore seek to change the subject to just about anything: discrimination, benefits, homosexuality, gay rights, federalism, our sacred constitution. Our goal is simple: Shift the conversation rapidly back to marriage. Dont get sidetracked. Marriage is the issue. Marriage is what we care about. Marriage really matters. Its just common sense.
I. THE MOST EFFECTIVE SINGLE SENTENCE:
Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is:
"Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose, they dont have the right to redefine marriage for all of us."
This allows people to express support for tolerance while opposing gay marriage. Some modify it to People have a right to live as they choose, they dont have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.
Language to avoid at all costs: "Ban same-sex marriage." Our base loves this wording. So do supporters of SSM. They know it causes us to lose about ten percentage points in polls. Dont use it. Say were against redefining marriage or in favor or marriage as the union of husband and wife NEVER banning same-sex marriage.
II. MAIN MESSAGE THE 3X5 CARD.
Marriage is between a husband and wife. The people of [this state] do not want marriage to be anything but that. We do not want government or judges changing that definition for us today or our children tomorrow.
We need a marriage amendment to settle the gay marriage issue once and for all, so we dont have it in our face every day for the next ten years.
Marriage is about bringing together men and women so children can have mothers and fathers.
Do we want to teach the next generation that one-half of humanityeither mothers or fathersare dispensable, unimportant? Children are confused enough right now with sexual messages. Lets not confuse them further.
Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they dont have a right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.
III. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Are you a bigot? Why do you want to take away peoples rights? Isnt it wrong to write discrimination into the constitution?
A: Do you really believe people like me who believe mothers and fathers both matter to kids are like bigots and racists? I think thats pretty offensive, dont you? Particularly to the 60 percent of African-Americans who oppose same-sex marriage. Marriage as the union of husband and wife isnt new; its not taking away anyones rights. Its common sense.
2. Isnt the ban on gay marriage like bans on interracial marriage?
A: Bans on interracial marriage were about keeping two races apart so that one race could oppress the other. Marriage is about bringing two sexes together, so that children get the love of their own mom and a dad, and women dont get stuck with the enormous disadvantages of parenting alone. Having a parent of two different races is just not the same as being deprived of your motheror your father.
3. Why do we need a constitutional amendment? Isnt DOMA enough?
A: Lawsuits like the one that imposed gay marriage in Massachusetts now threaten marriage in at least 12 other states so far. We need a marriage amendment to settle the issue once and for all, so we dont have this debate in our face every day. The people get to decide what marriage means. No-end run around the rules by activist judges or grandstanding San-Francisco-style politicians.
4. Whats the harm from SSM? How can Adam and Steve hurt your marriage?
A: Who gets harmed? The people of this state who lose our right to define marriage as the union of husband and wife, thats who. That is just not right.
A: If courts rule that same-sex marriage is a civil right, then, people like you and me who believe children need moms and dads will be treated like bigots and racists.
Religious groups like Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army may lose their tax exemptions, or be denied the use of parks and other public facilities, unless they endorse gay marriage."
Public schools will teach young children that two men being intimate are just the same as a husband and wife, even when it comes to raising kids.
When the idea that children need moms and dads get legally stigmatized as bigotry, the job of parents and faith communities trying to transmit a marriage culture to their kids is going to get a lot harder.
One thing is for sure: The people of this state will lose our right to keep marriage as the union of a husband and wife. Thats not right.
5. Why do you want to interfere with love?
A: Love is a great thing. But marriage isnt just any kind of love; its the special love of husband and wife for each other and their children.
6. What about benefits? Dont gay couples and their kids need the benefits and protections of marriage?
A: If medical proxies arent working, lets fix that problem. If people need health care, lets get them health care. Dont mess with marriage.
A: The issue isnt benefits, it is marriage. Local folks can decide benefits. This is about the meaning of marriage, our most basic social institution for protecting children.
7. Isnt divorce the real threat to marriage?
A: High rates of divorce are one more reason we should be strengthening marriage, not conducting radical social experiments on it.
8. Are you saying gays cannot be good parents?
A: Two men might each be a good father, but neither can be a mom. The ideal for children is the love of their own mom and dad. No same-sex couple can provide that.
9. What about older or infertile couples? If they marry why not same-sex couples?
A: Every man and woman who marries is capable of giving any child they create (or adopt) a mother and a father. No same-sex couple can do this. Its apples and oranges.
If the reports out today are to be believed, the party nominating Obamugabe will take an official position of wanting to force everyone in America to celebrate sodomy.
The National Organization for Marriage is out defending the true definition of the word...and these are THEIR "talking points".
Rather than bludgeon people with rhetoric that will repulse them, we need to communicate to them in a way they will accept...so that when the decisions are made at the ballot box, people will choose wisely.
Please consider the above materials as you debate or discuss with friends, family, and neighbors.
Excellent article, bookmarked.
Whenever I enter the discussion, I put the lefties on defense, not myself.
I make them state THEIR definition of marriage, then demand they defend why they have any authority or standing to define it that way.
“What are you, some kind of bigot? Why not three people of any gender? Four? Eight? a hundred? Why TWO? Bigot!”
“Why should government support your definition of marriage?”
Is a question I’ve found effective.
My word, how does one celebrate sodomy? If one is not homosexual?
Go out and adopt a gay man or woman?
Geez, I don’t know.
Seriously, you don’t know what the whole “gay rights” thing is about?
Bluntly, it’s about criminalizing Christianity. That’s why leftists support “gay rights”. It’s a weapon to use against their Enemy to which they are in total rebellion.
excellent talking point summarization
You want to see the newest attack. NBC ran a promo for their new fall show “The New Norm” or something like that. Luckily we DVR everything before our kids watch not just because of the slew of loser shows, but the commercials and promos too (even the Olympics).
A new show about 2 sodomites having a baby via surrogate or some f’ed up message like that, same idiot that makes GLEE does it.
A really effective argument starts with the basic, functional reality. The reality, here, is the function of marriage, throughout history, as the means for sanctifying human procreation in a multi-generational family structure (family being the essential building block of any ongoing social order).
When you encounter what I call "Cloud Dancing," that is the Leftist efforts to force their fantasy wish lists on others, you can absolutely destroy their argument, by identifying the realities that they ignore--starting, always with the most obvious & most critical. (For further development of this, applicable to this issue, see the final segment of Cloud Dancing Revisited.)
The problem with having too complex an argument, when what you are confronting is fantasy, is that you do not clearly drive home the most essential points. You leave the foe with the impression that you merely have some points in your favor, rather than the reality that he has no rational argument, whatsoever.
A new word to redefine gay marriage - Sodomony.
A new word to redefine gay marriage - Sodomony.
I use the complimentary method.
The homosexual community is one of the most creative, artistic and dynamic. They can easily create their own term that celebrates and promotes homosexual unions. Have two terms, one for men, one for women.
Why would they want the stuffy, old, outdated term of marriage?
Absolutely!! That is by far the first and formost important thing. They have to convince you, not the other way around. They will always try to manuver you into a position where you have to try to convince them of something. Calling you a bigot or whatever is just a variation on that theme, because you end up having to try to convince them that you're not. Never let them get away with it.
The answer is: I don't have to show that heterosexual couples always produce children, I just have to show that homosexual couples never produce children. And that's just simple biology. Game-set-match.
When they start taking about 'equality', explain to them that you are all in favor treating two equal things as being equal, but not two things that are not equal (for the reason stated above).
Then, explain to them that people are equal, but relationships are not always equal. Ever heard of the term doctor-patient privilege? Priest-penitant privilege? Attorney-client privilege? Spousal privilege? These are defined, privileged relationships. They are not "rights". If they want to call themselves "married", that's their business, but I (society) am under no obligation to recognize it as such. Anything that puts an obligation on someone else is not a "right". If your right to speak is contingent on my obligation to listen, then you have no right to speak.
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