‘Popular Opinion’ Isn’t So Popular After All!

Barb Wire

It’s not often that a liberal like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells the truth — but when she does, it’s usually newsworthy! This week’s conversation on same-sex marriage was no exception. During a Thursday press conference, the House Minority Leader admitted what most conservatives have been arguing all along: that same-sex marriage isn’t nearly as popular as the Left insists it is.

In a jaw-dropping admission, Pelosi said, “Another piece of our agenda was to promote marriage equality in our country. Legislatively, we couldn’t really succeed, but from the courts and the rest, and public opinion, of course, in the actual court and in the court of public opinion, that victory has been won.”

Together with the media, the Left did quite a snow job on Americans on the issue of marriage. Over time, they managed to create this phony impression of support — even when the ballot boxes and state laws told a different story. Now that they’ve accomplished what they couldn’t do in the legislature in the courts, they’re owning up to the fact that they had to force the redefinition of marriage on the country illegitimately. While Americans are processing that bombshell, the Left is already moving on to the next target: a genderless America.

Believe it or not, Pelosi made those comments at a press conference for the far-Left’s Equality Act, which is the most radical piece of sexual orientation, gender identity legislation ever introduced. It will make what’s been unfolding in Target bathrooms look like a Sunday school picnic. Under this bill, anyone who objects to any kind of liberal sexual or gender agenda on moral grounds would be severely punished. Religious liberty measures would almost cease to exist.

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Of course, the president’s party has been trying to move legislation that would suffocate employers’ rights to run their workplace the way they see fit for years. Under its failed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), profits give way to political correctness, as radicals impose their warped view of sexuality on every daycare, school administrator, and business across America. The Equality Act is so expansive it makes ENDA look like a conservative bill! Not only do Americans need to stand up to the purveyors of confusion like they have in North Carolina and Mississippi, we need to remember what is at stake in this presidential election — control of the courts. If the Left continues to fail legislatively, they will again turn to the courts to do their bidding.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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