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Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus brief in the Michigan marriage equality case, currently before the Sixth Circuit, in support of that state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Traditionalist Youth Network is a student organization concerned with promoting white identity. The defense of "traditional marriage" is a bit of a shift in focus for the TYN. The group generally encourages young folks to unite against individualism, decadence, and Marxism and Modernity. There is a focus on tradition and constitutional originalism. The language in the brief takes on a very harsh tone.

You can read more about this group and the brief from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has denounced the brief even though it supports his case.

There is no place in this discussion for derogatory language, and anything like it will be completely disregarded by the Department of Attorney General. The Sixth Circuit should use this brief to line a birdcage, because that's all it's good for.
via Joe.My.God.

A quote from the brief:

If a state cannot be permitted to define marriage as simply as constituting one man and one woman, then our culture will be taken down a very slippery slope that will see pedophiles, polygamists, zoophiles, those in incestuous relationships, and every other sexual deviant with proclivities now known or to be invented to challenge laws that, likewise, prevent them from marrying whom – what – they wish.
But. is this brief really any different than most of the others we get in these marriage equality cases. It's definitely not much different from what most of the anti-gay organizations out there have to say about gay folks (such as NOM and FRC). GLAAD discusses that very issue here.

The case is DeBoer v Snyder, and more information about the case can be found here.

And, here is an Op Ed in the Detroit Free Press written by Episcopal Bishops in Michigan.

Of note in the Op Ed:

When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38 NRSV). Condemning love and condemning those seeking to make a faithful, committed, and covenantal relationship to one another under God is not a message built on the teachings of Christ, but is rather a fear-laden response to one’s neighbor.

Our faith is in a loving and compassionate God who does not condemn love, and in our experience, there is holy goodness in the love of gay and lesbian couples and their families.

Originally posted to librarisingnsf on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 11:17 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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