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Don't Mess With Marriage? Don't Mess With Equality! Bumper Stickers to Counter the Meme.

Thanks to Pam’s House Blend, I’ve been made aware of a new campaign by the “National Organization for Marriage,” an anti-equality front group combining the money of the Roman Catholic Church with the marketing machinery of Focus on the Family. The NOM is deploying its deep pockets to try and distribute two million free bumper stickers that read “Don’t Mess With Marriage!” and look like this:

Free Don't Mess With Marriage Bumper Sticker from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)

There are some hefty substantive problems with this message. One is that the Catholic Church and Focus on the Family are too cowardly to come out and identify themselves as the sponsors of this bumper sticker. If they did that, then people would recognize that the anti-equality effort was being driven by parochial religious interests and fundamentalist zealots. Instead of being honest, they’re hiding behind the “National Organization for Marriage” name. Even ignoring that, the message is actually backwards. The “NOM” and its anti-equality forces are actually the ones who want to “Mess with Marriage,” specifically by taking away people’s right to get married. Interfering in other people’s lives and restricting other people’s choices? That’s what I call messing. Contravention of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under law? That’s what I call messing.

I don’t want to just complain about this mass-distributed bumper sticker as the money machine shoves it out there across the country. I want to counter it. So I’ve drawn up a set of bumper stickers inspired by, but differing from, the Don’t Mess With Marriage bumper sticker. These stickers use the phrase “Don’t Mess With Equality!” The stretching arc of equality is a feature of American history of which we can be proud, and in recognition of the patriotic nature of efforts to protect our liberty, I’ve added the equals sign in red and blue while keeping the white background.

Here’s the set I’ve come up with. If you’ve got some ideas to extend the set, be sure to leave a comment to this post and I’ll see what I can do. All of these are available as part of our Marriage Equality shop of stickers, lawn signs, buttons and shirts on the same-sex marriage issue.

Protect Marriage Equality bumper sticker

Protect Marriage Equality bumper sticker

Yes to Love, No On 1 (Maine bumper sticker)

Yes to Love, No On 1 (Maine bumper sticker)

Protect Maine Equality Bumper Sticker

Protect Maine Equality Bumper Sticker

For Freedom, NO on 1 bumper sticker

For Freedom, NO on 1 bumper sticker

Protect Freedom to Marry Bumper Sticker

Protect Freedom to Marry Bumper Sticker

Marriage is Too Big for Bigotry bumper sticker

Marriage is Too Big for Bigotry bumper sticker

Equality Love and Let Love Bumper Sticker

Equality Love and Let Love Bumper Sticker

Equality: Love is Love Bumper Sticker

Equality: Love is Love Bumper Sticker

14th Amendment Thing Bumper Sticker

14th Amendment Thing Bumper Sticker

Call out the anti-equality groups and reframe the central issues of this policy debate. Take the outrage back where it belongs.

15 comments to Don't Mess With Marriage? Don't Mess With Equality! Bumper Stickers to Counter the Meme.

    • Jim

      Interesting… it sounds like a parallel of what happened among partisan Democrats during the Bush years around 2003-2005. Hello, MoveOn.org!

      What’s your opinion of it, ReMarker?

  • ReMarker

    I think that kind of marketing is a good way to make a lot of money and can be a force for good if done in a good way.

  • le pelerin

    Thanks Jim, glad to see some of my money put to good use :) Just kidding, I don’t know anything about this effort. However your marriage “equality” business is a farce. You’re just trying to redefine what marriage used to be. I say, “used to be” because now it’s all about me and not primarily about the children.

    • Ralph

      Marriage “used to be” a transfer of property (a woman) from father to husband. Marriage “used to be” restricted to couples of the same race. It is your notion that marriage can and should return to what it “used to be” that is farcical–just another invocation of tradition against civil rights.

    • I had no idea that my marriage was about you, le pelerin. You’re right. That’s creepy.

    • Jim

      You know, if you’re married, your marriage really isn’t up to snuff. It’s just an attempt to redefine what marriage used to be. It’s a deviation from traditional marriage. A departure from Biblical marriage!

      Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman + 1 Woman!

      Deuteronomy 21:15 — it’s the LORD’s Commandment!

      • le pelerin

        Adam and Eve and who was that other women?

        Right, that was just a myth.

        • This is why the idea of constantly fightins “contradictions” and what nots gets old. We go round and round and no effort is made to ever look at what is going on. A simple commentary will tell you that the original Greek verbage indicates that the wifes are in succesion. The most comman reason for this would be the death of the first wife. This Bible passage is also taken out of context and applies to inheriatance.

          • Jim

            Only highly interested commentaries that do an embarrassing triple step to explain it away. The Bible is chock full of polygamy, and how about Exodus 21, where the commandmenting of the LORD keeps right on going on?

            Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

            This is not a contradiction. It is the Biblical standard for marriage. You yourself said, Jacob, that you’d be willing to talk about any of these issues. You called Irregular Times your mission ground. Now you’re getting tired of it. I wonder why that is.

            • Did you see where I said “it gets old at Irregular Times”? If you think that you are the only person on Earth playing the cheery pick out of context game you are sadly mistaken. I never said I would stop, I just wish people would look before they throw out things. There are a lot of things that can be answered with minimul digging, its just easier to call it what its not and mock your way on. Remember, the easy road is not always the correct road

              • Jim

                What makes you think I haven’t looked? I’ve “looked” at the entire Bible multiple times, I’ve read Deuteronomy over and over, including context about who the speaker is in Deuteronomy, what status he claims for his proclamations, and who he claims to speak for. I’ve added at your provocation additional references to polygamy in the Old Testament, including one in Exodus, and placed this information about the place of the law in New Testament thinking, including Jesus’ insistence in Matthew that not even the smallest of the Old Testament commandments should be broken.

                Apparently, that makes you uncomfortable, but that’s not my problem. Actually, I don’t think it’s a problem; I think it’s a symptom of some discomfort you have with what the Bible actually says. This is what the Bible actually says, and you’re going to have to resolve your dissonance over it one way or the other.

  • Jim

    2 Samuel 12:8 to boot. God declares he’s given Samuel multiple wives, and is upset with Samuel for not being satisfied.

  • wafarer

    But those hatemonger stickers where FREE. These are NOT! How are we supposed to spread the message that way?

    • Jim

      Well, if you’d like to ask the Roman Catholic Church for funding for those stickers, like the National Organization for Marriage got, I’d be happy to distribute free stickers. But unfortunately, we’re not swimming in money like NOM or the Roman Catholic Church.

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