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Four religious organizations have let their powers combine to form a same-sex marriage opposition supergroup. Like the Traveling Wilburys, or Captain Planet, except bad.

Representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church signed a 42-page brief filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

"We support the husband-wife definition of marriage because we believe it is right and good for children, families, and society," the brief says. "Our respective faith traditions teach us that truth. But so do reason, long experience, and social fact."

Also: "Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children ... We believe that children, families, society, and our nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution."

If you're thinking those groups sound pretty intolerant, well, it turns out that you're the intolerant one. In a show of unmitigated gall, the brief says that it is not bigoted or even anti-gay to be against gay marriage, and that "the accusation is false and offensive ... It is intended to suppress rational dialogue and democratic conversation, to win by insult and intimidation rather than by reason, experience, and fact." 

A hearing on Utah's same-sex marriage ban, which was overturned in December by a federal judge, only for that ruling to be put on hold by the Supreme Court in January, is scheduled for April 10. One week later, on April 17, there will be a hearing on Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban, which was similarly overturned by a federal judge.

Utah's attorneys filed their opening argument last week, arguing that same-sex marriage was bad for children, so banning it was sticking up for defenseless children. That's not bigoted or anti-gay at all!


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