My heart goes out to pastor Rick Warren for the loss of his son. I can’t think of anything more painful, more devastating, more gut wrenching. I am truly sorry he and his family have to deal with such heartbreak, and I offer my sincere condolences.
But I do have a bone to pick with journalists who refer to Rick Warren as “down to earth” or, as in the video below, how “he’s done so much to help heal others.” Those descriptions may very well apply some of the time, but they are inaccurate when you think of the pain he has caused so many. While I completely and unabashedly sympathize with Warren over the passing of his son, I cannot justify referring to him that way just because he’s going through such a horrendous time.
It’s one thing to show compassion when reporting about a death in the family, but it is not okay to idealize this man:
It isn’t “healing” when he lets gay Americans know that he doesn’t love some of his fellow men as much as others and then deny ever saying what he clearly said. Healing others also doesn’t include comparing same-sex marriage to “marriage between a brother and sister” or an “older guy marrying a child” or “one guy having multiple wives.”
Or comparing being gay to taking arsenic:
None of that is healing nor is it down to earth.
Literally, when I heard two more Senators had backed it, I thought, “Well, I know one ain’t Joe!” Good on them. (Click cartoon to enlarge.)
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), both hailing from deeply red states, announced on Friday their support for gay marriage.
“In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring.”
“In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality,” Donnelly said on Facebook. “While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation.”
“It is also for that reason that I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we,’” he continued. “With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.”
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A tweet from Rachel Maddow earlier today:
Rachel also tweeted:
“Sen Dems now 48-7 for equal marriage rights. Repubs post-Kirk are 2-43.”
Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, a socially moderate Republican, has apparently evolved after spending a year recovering from a stroke. That kind of health scare sure has a way of putting things in perspective, doesn’t it?
So I ask those seven Senate Democrats, why haven’t you evolved? Red states schmed states, it’s 2013 and the country is leaving you behind. This is about equal rights and respect, for goodness sake:
(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, a socially moderate Republican, announced on Tuesday his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the second Republican in the chamber to support it.
“Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage,” he wrote in a statement. “Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back – government has no place in the middle… When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.” [...]
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, announced his support earlier on Tuesday.
As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public’s opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine. I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right. Through my prayers and conversations with my family and countless friends and Delawareans, I’ve been reminded of the power of one of my core values: the Golden Rule. It calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated. That means, to me, that all Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation, and that’s why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I’m endorsing marriage equality.
Progress is such a good and healthy thing. Progressives know that, so now it’s time for everyone else to catch up.
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