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Futility As a Scourge

Do you ever have those moments when you just wonder?

Is this real? Are people actually like this? It is one thing to say these people and ideas exist, but, really, is this real?

Lila Shapiro tries―and valiantly, at that―to explain for Huffington Post:

When asked why they’d come to the National Mall on a recent overcast Saturday, four days before the Supreme Court would hold its latest hearing on same-sex marriage, nearly all of the dozens of people I talked to opened with the same statement, pretty much word for word: “I believe that God’s marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Participants in the March For Marriage pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on April 28 to hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)Several added, as an afterthought, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” — looking at me frankly, as if that settled everything.

This is my third year reporting on the National Organization for Marriage’s annual “March for Marriage.” The past three years have not been kind to opponents of gay marriage in America, who have, with only minor exceptions, lost every significant legal, political and cultural battle they’ve fought. This year’s march was billed by NOM President Brian Brown as “our last, best opportunity to reach the U.S. Supreme Court before they decide whether marriage as it has existed throughout our history is unconstitutional.” But nearly everyone I talked to said they felt that moment had already passed.

“Honestly, I think it might be over,” said Mary, a 27-year-old woman from Virginia who declined to give her last name.

Nearby, two women in long dresses and sun hats were talking about the end of days. “It’s like my daddy always says, we’re going to hell in a handbasket,” said Jaime Smathers, 37, who’d come with her church from Virginia. She didn’t smile as she said it. There is very little joking at the March for Marriage.

Yes.

This is real.

This is happening.

This is what it looks like.

This is what it sounds like.

Naturally, the line seems overused: It all goes downhill from there.

This is what it is.

This is who they are.

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Image note: A Salute to Virtue: Participants in the March For Marriage pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on April 28 to hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Shapiro, Lila. “Meet The People Trying To Seize The ‘Last, Best Opportunity’ To Stop Gay Marriage”. The Huffington Post. 27 April 2015.