The Most Histrionic Conservative Reactions to Gay Marriage

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You've surely seen all of the ecstatic reactions about the passage of the same-sex marriage law in New York by now. Lady Gaga cried. Steve Martin proposed to Alec Baldwin. John Legend took a sarcastic swing at David Tyree, the former Giants wide received and mouthpiece for opponents of the legislation. (You can find a ton more here.) Even George W. Bush's former speechwriter and longtime critic of gay marriage David Frum half-praises the new law, pointing out how he's not the only right-winger that feels this way. The blogger notes in a CNN column, "Most conservatives have reacted with calm--if not outright approval--to New York's dramatic decision." Frum is right about the calm. Most reactions from opponents have been either tempered or non-existent (paging Mitt Romney!) Then there are some people who utterly lost it. Let's take a look.

World Net Daily columnist Linda Harvey likens New York to Sodom She's not the first, but Linda Harvey is certainly one of the more impassioned critics of same-sex marriage to liken the state of New York to the darkest chapters of the Bible:

Long before he was fixing the finest health-care system on the planet, spending us into financial ruin and calling it progress, he taught us about "spreading the wealth." He's happy with people spreading other things, apparently, wherever they want.

This "freedom" will include much more than a perpetual pansexual pagan party. It will, and already does, include libel, slander, intimidation, corruption of youth, revolt in congregations, suppression of parental rights, revision of language, disease, loss of employment and loss of life.

Oh, and did I mention public sex, the porn explosion and public nudity?

Welcome to entitlement sex.

NOM chair Maggie Gallagher feels tricked: In an interview with National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez, the chair of the National Organization for Marriage said that the messaging mixed up the conservatives's mission:

Gay marriage was sold to many conservatives as the beginning of that process of marriage renewal. Instead, we are seeing quite clearly that victories for gay marriage lead to renewed calls for accepting family diversity under the powerful new “equality” banner institutionalized in marriage law. (Did you see the LA Times story last week that lauded the Census news on family decline on the grounds that Heather can now have three mommies, thanks to separation and re-partnering among lesbian couples? Heck, in a couple of years she can have six mommies. Families are now wonderfully fluid and to fail to applaud that would be narrow-minded bigotry.)

Our children are being re-educated as we speak.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is feeling "down." The head of the New York diocese vocally opposed the bill and even though he told the New York Daily News that the new law pushes us closer to the End of Days, Dolan sounds restrained in his latest criticism. Archbishop Dolan said after Sunday Mass:

I sort of needed a good dose of the Lord's grace and mercy because I've been down a little recently, as you might imagine. I think society and culture is at its peril if we presume to tamper with what has been given and already cherished through the history of civilization.

You might expect the likes of Michelle Bachman or Herman Cain on this list. But it's election season, and the nation sympathizes both sides of the argument. (So does Michele Bachmann according to a confusing interview with Fox News.)

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