Who’s really driven by hatred in the ‘gay marriage’ debate?

Many on the political left dismiss people who support traditional marriage, comparing them to bigots driven by race and hate who seek to harm a hated minority.

But just this week, an organization of people who have known true discrimination (as opposed to meeting resistance while pushing a political agenda) made the comparison in the other direction. As the saying goes, “What goes around comes around.”

On Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) launched a nationwide “Marriage Mandate” campaign, including a push for 100,000 signatories to an online pledge in support of traditional marriage, during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The CAAP organization is “a grassroots movement of African-American Christians who believe in traditional family values,” and it “is not affiliated with any political party or religious denomination.”

The Rev. William Owens, founder and president of CAAP, was quoted relative to the pushback against Chick-fil-A over comments from that restaurant chain’s founders as follows:

Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken that they don’t want them in their city. It’s a disgrace. It’s the same thing that happened when I was marching for civil rights — when they didn’t want a black in their restaurant, they didn’t want us staying in their hotels. Now they’re saying, because we take a Christian position, they don’t want us in their cities.

The Rev. Owens’ comments raise an important, and oft-ignored, question: Who is really being motivated by irrational hatred in the “gay marriage” debate? Is it those who profess a belief that supporting traditional marriage is both best for society and in line with their personal religious beliefs? Or is it those who attack the people and organizations they disagree with as bigots and who then further seek, in the name of “tolerance,” to exclude the people and organizations with whom they disagree from society?