The Leading Supporters of Heterosexual MarriageBy Rev. Gary Konecky
Many times our leaders in religion and politics go out for their way to be hypocrites.Most often these leaders pick on the weak and the oppressed. Often their target is aminority group. And so, I have decided it is time to publicize their hypocrisy, becausetheir hypocrisy hurts people and because their hypocrisy prevents people (like 120 clergyfrom 19 faiths in NJ) from being able to exercise their religious freedom.http://www.examiner.com/x-34822-Newark-Religion--Social-Issues-Examiner My first hypocrite is Doug Manchester. Doug lead the fight to repeal same-sex marriagein California and was instrumental in having the right of same sex couples to marryrepealed. Doug said he did this because same-sex marriage, not divorce, is the threat tosanctity of marriage. Doug knows all about this because he is a Roman Catholic.Divorce is against Roman Catholic Church teachings. Now that Doug has saved thesanctity of marriage from gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships, he isgetting divorced. (Source:http://gay.americablog.com/2009/08/big-prop-8-supporter-divorces.html) Next, I come to the Sanford divorce. Mr. Sanford is the Governor of South Carolina.Mr. Sanford is known for making the news with his extra-marital affairs. Jenny Sanfordis his soon to be ex-wife. As Dan Savage has observed:As for the statement Jenny Sanford released..“As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one."The dissolution of a marriage is a sad, painful, personal and private process—if you're the straight first lady of South Carolina. If you're justsome nice lesbian couple living in Maine or California the dissolution of your marriage is a highly public process, complete with lying campaignads and anti-gay demagoguery and bigots traipsing to the polls.(Source:http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/12/11/jenny-sanford-files-for-divorce
)“While 45% of all South Carolina voters want Sanford to resign, only 33% of the 'moraland family values' crowd wants him to.”http://www.americablog.com/2009/12/adultery-its-okay-if-youre-republican.html. Maybe it is not about family values after all. Maybe itis about plain old womanizing, misogyny and homophobia after all.Last, I come to Karl Rove. That would be the Karl Rove who has made politics into awin at any cost game, a game where lying, cheating, breaking the law, and viciouslysmearing the reputation of your opponent are all acceptable as long as you “win” theelection.