I was in Washington, DC on Friday, visiting the Smithsonian museums, and I had the misfortune of stumbling across the Mayday for Marriage rally. Lots of angry-looking White and Asian couples descended on the National Mall to hear angry pastors giving angry speeches intended "to bring this country together and preserve the definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman." Judging by the rally's logo (at the top of their site's main page), their definition of marriage includes fellating starfish. Apparently the rally was the idea of several Seattle-area pastors opposed to mayor Greg Nickels's proposal to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. After a small rally in Seattle, pastor Ken Hutcherson wanted to have a larger rally in Washington whose purpose, according to the site, was "to show what happens when you mess with God's people." If that statement doesn't terrify you, go back and read it again.
As a liberal Christian, I get greatly offended when Christians play Bible scavenger hunt to promote their own hateful agendas. I'd love to post a rebuttal to the claims made in the site, but actually it doesn't seem to make any claims. The closest it gets are some vague statements about how American culture will fall if marriage is not protected.
While searching for content on the site, though, I was struck by a single statement from Rabbi Dainel Lapin: "Among humans in every place and at every time, the safety and welfare of women and children depends upon sculpting the raw rock of masculine aggressiveness and sexuality into the work of art we call marriage." I think that's the heart of what's going on here - men feel that their "raw rock of agressiveness and sexuality" is being challenged by modern ideas of marriage and family. And just like Drek pointed out when he wrote about the masculinists, these people are confused and scared. They don't know what to do.
So what do we do? Define marriage for what it is: social recognition of the love between two people. If you'd like to help, visit and donate to The Lambda Legal Fund.