The day before the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its 5-4 Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states, the 501(C)4 organization CatholicVote dropped a knowledge bomb of a video onto YouTube titled, “Not Alone.” Combined with the slogan “Speak Truth With Love” (and its accompanying hashtag), the video’s premise looks simple: marriage is between a man and a woman, and those who believe this shouldn’t be afraid to say so in public. It interviews a seemingly diverse array of people to help illustrate this point.
At least, that’s what they’d probably like everyone who watches the video to believe. The thing is, there’s a few problems with “Not Alone” that aren’t addressed by the video or its makers. In fact, these issues are blatantly ignored.
Let’s consider the most immediate one. The interviewees make claims about their being different, and express fear about this. They’re all afraid of how others might mistreat them as a result of their supposed differences. But what makes them different? Is it their socioeconomic status? Their skin color or ethnicity — a strong visual argument the video implicitly makes by virtue of its interviewees’ appearance?
Nope. They’re “different” because they all believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and not — per the subsequent SCOTUS decision — between any two people who are in love. This is what makes them different, and it’s also what makes them afraid.
As one of the interviewees puts it, “No one should be looked down upon. No…one’s views should be suppressed.” The subject that follows goes on to say, “I know a lot of people who are gay.” You can pretty much guess what follows.
“Bigot” becomes a bad word, and none of those in the video want to be thought of as bigoted — even though their ideas about marriage deny marriage equality. “Love,” “balance” and other catch-all terms get tossed around a lot, but in the end, you could sum up the argument of “Not Alone” as this: “We’re not bigots, but we don’t like gay marriage, and gay marriage makes us feel oppressed, so don’t oppress us because of our beliefs.”
If the fallacies of this argument weren’t idiotic enough, CatholicVote’s case isn’t helped at all by the fact that “Not Alone” looks an awful lot like the video submissions of the It Gets Better Project, a popular anti-bullying campaign that gained popularity a few years ago after several stories of LGBT suicides due to harassment went viral.
Just because you don’t believe in gay marriage, or the SCOTUS ruling on Friday, that doesn’t mean you’re suddenly a part of an oppressed minority. But if you believe, in your heart of hearts, that this is what’s going to happen to you, then you truly are alone.
Check out the clip below, courtesy of CatholicVote:
[Image via screengrab]
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