"I'm a California doctor who must choose between my faith and my job." "I'm part of a New Jersey church group punished by the government because we can't support same-sex marriage." "I am a Massachusetts parent helplessly watching public schools teach my son that gay marriage is OK."This is all said without any sense of irony or even absurdity under a darkening sky, a gathering storm (not sure what this is about but perhaps it refers to the End Days so fervently believed in by certain Christian denominations?). Then, the tone changes from threat to hope. The actors refuse to be defeated because they have a "rainbow coalition" of people who are willing to fight the threat of same sex marriage. I am trying to figure out this sense of threat. I am trying to figure out how anything so engaged in the project of normalcy as marriage could be a threat to a bunch of conservative Christians or Mormons or whatever who are themselves so engaged in being normal. But apparently not all "normals" are equally normal. The threat of gay marriage must be about pollution. As Emile Durkheim pointed out a century ago, humans engage in marking the sacred off from the profane, or everyday. Marriage is, within the American cultural imagination, sacred. Its sacredness is upheld with the rituals of weddings and a variety of fetish objects from diamond rings to white dresses. If same sex couples engage in the same rituals and worship the same fetish objects, then the sacred space of the white wedding and the good marriage is polluted. Social pollution creates a sense of threat and a feeling of revulsion or disgust. Humans react with what seems like excess to such threats- either with literal and often violent cleansing rituals or more symbolic ones. For the NOM folks, they wish to cleanse the threat of gay marriage with the ritual of a march. NOM is trying to organize a march of 2,000,000 people to speak out against gay marriage. The people at NOM are, of course, way hip so they've termed this march 2M4M (2 Million For Marriage) and have set up a facebook page that you can join as part of your symbolic commitment to the cleansing ritual. I guess I'll join. Nothing can pollute a cleansing ritual like the presence of heretics. Of course, the response to a double pollution, a pollution of the ritual meant to cleanse the original pollution, is often burning at the stake. Still, it would be an interesting way to die- surrounded by a gathering storm, a "rainbow coalition," of people who truly believe they've been violated by same sex marriage.