Thursday’s March for Marriage, sponsored by the antigay National Organization for Marriage, was light on attendance but heavy on ahistorical comparisons and bizarre rhetoric. Herewith, some of the strangest arguments advanced by speakers at the march and rally against marriage equality.
Mike Huckabee: Fighting marriage equality is like fighting segregation and the Holocaust, and Martin Luther King would approve.
Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful who is now a Fox News host, quoted this passage from King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” written in 1954 when King was jailed for protesting segregation: “We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.”
“We know that some day, whether it's one year, 10 years, 20 years, or decades from now, people will look back at this time and remember those of us who stood up for the truth,” NOM’s president said. “And as Abraham Lincoln said, when the mystic chords of memory are touched by the angels of our higher nature, they will remember not only that we stood on the right side of truth, but we stand on the right side of history.”
“The courts should never take away controversial issues away from the voters in this country,” said NOM’s board chair, paraphrasing a recent opinion by Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s swing justice. “And that’s absolutely right. The last time the court tried to do that a century and a half ago on the slavery question, Abraham Lincoln refused to comply. He said if we let the court be the final word, we cease to be our own rulers.” Eastman was referring to the infamous Dred Scott decision, which held that blacks could never become U.S. citizens. He also claimed that decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage “struck down marriage.”