One of the most transparent tactics opponents of marriage equality will attempt is to claim that supporters of marriage equality are intolerant of their opinion.
It’s not only a transparent tactic but highly cynical. And apparently it’s the tactic that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is attempting:
While Rubio has consistently held conservative positions on abortion and gay marriage, his current emphasis appears to be an effort to appeal to social conservatives who have yet to settle on a favored candidate for 2016. “Even before this speech is over, I will be attacked as someone who is a hater or a bigot,” Rubio said.
.. . In his remarks, Rubio acknowledged the United States has a history of discrimination against gays and lesbians. But he said he could not support such unions despite a quick-moving shift in public opinion in support of allowing same-sex couples to marry. “There is a growing intolerance on this issue,” Rubio said of those who back same-sex marriages. He then urged his opponents to show civility: “Tolerance is also a two-way street.”
No doubt, the folks at Fox News and members of the media who care more about attaining “access” than getting the story correct will fall for Rubio’s junk.
But I agree with him that there needs to be civility on the issue. And let’s start with addressing the following:
If Sen. Rubio was honest with his cry for “tolerance,” he would address those on his side of the argument with as much vigor as he attempts to place onus on us.
After all, we aren’t the ones conjuring up images of Marxism, Satanism, or slavery.