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Fire and Brimstone
Here are just a few of the dire predictions made by
conservatives if same-sex marriage was legalized
"If this Supreme Court rules against marriage, all hell is going to break loose."
— Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
"I think there’s an attempt to destroy the institution of marriage and I think it will cause, literally cause the destruction
of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run."
— Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
"I believe God loves homosexuals as much as he loves everyone, but if we can redefine marriage as
between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a
man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope
with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire."
— GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson
"...we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two."
— Focus on the Family founder James Dobson
"The family is the bedrock of our society. Unless we protect it with the institution of
marriage, our country will fall."
— GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum
"Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has
condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived."
— Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)
"If this court decides that they’re going to change the definition of marriage, that then throws
this country into an endless trauma."
— Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
"We have an enormous storm coming at us in homosexual marriage, unlike anything we've
ever faced. Abortion was not this way -- as horrible as abortion is -- but this is the first social
issue that, if we lose on, the Gospel is crushed under foot."
— Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California
"Messing around with marriage will affect economic prosperity of a nation
because you're violating the commands of God"
— David Barton, Head of WallBuilders and host of
conservative radio show "WallBuilders Live"
“This would be more devastating to our freedom, to our religious freedom, to the rights of
pastors and their duty to be able to speak and to Christians around the country, then anything
that the revolutionaries during the American Revolution even dreamed of facing. This would
be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could
cause another civil war.”
— Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University Law School
And get married they did.
The 2011 Canadian census showed that
21,015 same-sex couples were married.
Since 2006, the number of married same-
sex couples had almost tripled. Traditional
families had declined, but this was hardly
because of same-sex married couples, as
they only made up 0.8 per cent of all couples
(married and common-law). It’s particularly
interesting to note that the census recorded
a total of 64,575 same-sex couples, meaning
almost a third found it important to get
“Why wouldn’t we, as people that love
each other, why wouldn’t we want to get
married just like everyone else?” asks
Jennifer Alexander, 66. She and wife Lori
Boyce, 56, have been married for nearly 12
years and together for 14. They got married
in Ontario in 2003, so soon after it became
legal that the forms at City Hall still read
“bride” and “groom.”
“It was that early,” Alexander said. “They
didn’t know what to call us.”
The couple met at church and although
they both say they never thought equal
marriage would become legal in their
lifetime, as soon as it did a church wedding
was a must. “Once it became legal, it became
important to me to be able to make a
declaration of love and commitment before
not just friends and family, but in a church
setting,” Boyce said. They got their church
“It’s not a special right that we’re being
given. We’re just given the same right as 95
percent of the population,” Boyce said.
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