This is a hard post for me to write. But there are just some things that need to be said about the Pro-Trad Marriage movement. Basically - it doesn't have a clue what's it's doing.
I'm hoping that with Dr. Grant Hill, and Pat O'brien at the helm, they will bring the necessary political "je ne sais quoi" to the movement that it had been lacking for a while. What it needed starting from day one was some political hacks that could tell the Christian Ministers in control some heartfelt advice on what not to do.
I don't want to be that harsh, but sometimes that is exactly the impression I get from the movement all the time. The impression is that their is a lack of a sense of reality on the behalf of it's members. Sometimes meetings seem like they're being organized like Church events, or prayer groups. There is a time and place for that. This isn't one of them.
Today some positive news. The Pro-Trad Marriage web site is up and looks rather good. It's a long time coming. I've critiqued the movement before, because of the noticeable lack of... well... anyone but White Male Christians.
In the US the Pro-Life movement is a lot smarter. They put women and minorities at the forefront of everything they put in terms of literature like pamphlets or otherwise.
This is a sobering reminder, but most Canadian so-called "Christians" aren't Pro-Trad Marriage. Of course there are a lot of people that call themselves Christian and really "cafeteria Christians" picking and choosing what they want to believe and not...
When polls are done on the issue it's clear that the Canadian public is very nearly divided on the issue of same sex marriage. However, those same polls will tell you, that an awful lot of that Pro-Trad Marriage support comes from minorities like Sikhs, Muslims, and Immigrants.
Instead of welcoming those people into the movement, I've had Sikh friends go to meetings, and be asked if they could remove their turban. Not exactly the most welcoming gesture.
These are all groups not really sought after, or thought of strategically by the Pro-Trad Marriage movement. And it's unfortunate. Because I don't think we'll ever protect Marriage without their implicit support and inclusion into this battle.