While observing the battle during 2011-JUN in New York State over same-sex marriage, he described how he felt:
"... moments of ecstasy and joy ... yesterday (2011-JUN-16), when I learned that New York, where the gay rights movement was born (but has run up against conservative forces), could again change the political landscape for the LGBT global community by becoming the largest state to allow same-sex marriage. ..."
"For months, a parade of glitterati have lined up to voice their support for same-sex marriage â€" including movie stars, famed athletes like Michael Strahan:
[and] Wall Street titans, as well as New York's billionaire Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who flew to Albany on Thursday (2011-JUN-17) to appeal again to GOP senators. Because support for the bill has been so overwhelming, opponents of the bill have been less visible; running a few television ads not wanting to offend constituents and fearing the possible political backlash from human rights organizations across the country, if they oppose the bill too vehemently and too publicly.
In a last ditch effort to combat and quell the overwhelming support for the bill, the National Organization for Marriage (a faith-based anti-SSM organization) produced a video featuring former Super Bowl hero, David Tyree, who opposes marriage equality, enraging many gay and civil rights activists:"
"In an opinion column for Yahoo News, the group's chairman, Maggie Gallagher, said Tyree told her he decided to speak out after his former teammate Michael Strahan declared his support for gay marriage last week.
The video appeared to take a page out of the playbook of the group's adversary, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has released a steady stream of video testimonials from celebrity advocates of gay marriage in recent months. Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Avery of the New York Rangers and others have appeared in HRC videos.
Tyree seemed to chide notables who oppose same-sex marriage, but keep their opposition to themselves. 'I am disappointed when ... not enough guys ... lift up something as honorable and near to God's heart as marriage,' he said.
Tyree asserted in the video that the redefinition of marriage would be the beginning of a slide toward anarchy and the eventual downfall of our nation.Â Additionally, he stated,Â 'How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country, not founded by men, and itâ€™s something that is holy and sacred, and that itâ€™s something worth fighting for.'Â
Well Mr. Tyree, that is exactly what same-gender-loving people are fighting for, the right to enter into a sacred union with their Creator and with each other (and not participate in promiscuous lifestyles) because they love each other, highly respect the institution of marriage, and want to preserve its sacredness in our society.
I think for me however, the most troubling part of Tyreeâ€™s comments were the ones where he boldly stated that same-gender-loving parents were unfit to rear children and that male gay parents could not teach a woman how to be a woman (implying that only heterosexualâ€™s could). The following is Tyreeâ€™s actual statement regarding this matter:
'You can't teach something that you don't have, so two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman.'
And, of course, for about the umpteenth time, I was again confronted again by the age old argument that the white gay community has an agenda (though he did not mention race), and that agenda is to use its political influence and financial muscle to bully the rest of the world into conforming to its demands. Furthermore, Tyree stated that marriage is the backbone of the nation. Admittedly, when he made this statement, I cringed!Â ..."
"In a devastatingly embarrassing interview with CNN anchor Kyra Phillips, Tyreeâ€™s arguments and reason for his anti-marriage equality stance were decimated and proven to be factually untrue by Kyra's incisive, skillful questioning. Armed with an incredible amount of fact based research, every one of Tyreeâ€™s religious right talking points were masterfully refuted and disproven, and left Tyree bewildered, confused, stuttering, and logically bankrupt! It was akin to watching a train wreck -- you know the outcome, but you cannot look away! In a battle of wits, Tyree was woefully unarmed when facing off with Ms. Phillips!"
"I respect Tyreeâ€™s love of his Christian faith and I truly believe he is sincerely following his religious beliefs, but more importantly, I believe that he is sincerely 'misguided' in those beliefs! Tyree is attributing selfish and zealously fanatically biased moral precepts to a loving, benevolent, and unbiased God. A God who created all of His children to be happy and fulfilled in the joining of their hearts and souls with the mates that He has blessed them with regardless of their gender!..."
"Recently, in an article defending Tyree, 3 John Hayward -- a staff writer for Human Events, and author of the recently published book 'Doctor Zero: Year One' 4 -- asked a question. Just the way he poses the question is extremely insulting: 'Does diluting the importance of marriage, by opening it to other permutations, represent the first step in a series of breakdowns that lead to anarchy?' It is important to note that the word permutation is simply a stylistic word for change or transformation. Subsequently, if demanding that present day marriage be changed or transformed so that it becomes all inclusive and accessible to everyone, then yes, permutation is needful, and necessary! Moreover, if the present day definition of marriage is not changed, transformed, or subject to "permutation" as John Hayward opines, then is it any wonder why so many of our children, teens and young adults are choosing to end their lives because so many people are viewing them as deviant and labeling their expression of love and sincere desire to marry the person of their choosing as an 'unnecessary permutation'?"
An couple's personal view: "After 61 years, we want to marry"
One of the deficiencies causing a lack of understanding of SSM is that many people do not know of any loving, committed same-sex couples. Many are only told about a nameless, faceless pressure group trying to redefine the nature of marriage.
This CNN video may help put the marriage equality topic in perspective. It involves a real, loving, committed same-sex couple:
Demonstrators on both sides of the SSM issue at Albany
On 2001-JUN-20, the Associated Press reported that: "Hundreds of raucous demonstrators on both sides of the divisive gay-marriage debate are jamming the halls of New York's Capitol as Senate Republicans consider whether to vote on the issue:"
It is encouraging that, in spite of very strong and sincere beliefs by both sides, there were no signs of violence, just a non-meeting of minds: