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I'm pretty sure Maggie Gallagher just called the National Org. For Marriage ineffective

by Jeremy Hooper

Maggie Gallagher, cofounder of the National Organization For Marriage and person most fully associated with the 21st century's fight against marriage equality, on her movement and its flaws:

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 At 8.08.56 PmOnly Dr. Carson knows why he chose to apologize [ed. note: apology here; backstory here]. But this is a significant concession on his part substantively on marriage. But it is also true the Christian Right has not yet settled on a realistic legislative objective it wants candidates to support. Nor has it invested in building substantive political organizations to fight for these legislative objectives on marriage.

We are witnessing the results of years of failed models of orthodox Christians engaging in politics, as well as not a single Christian billionaire who is investing, as the Koch brothers have done, in building an intellectual/cultural powerhouse like the Cato Institute.

Artists, scholars, movie stars, storytellers, and genuine political institutions with legislative (not moral) objectives are needed.

This means a lot of work moving forward amid what for many will be numerous discouraging signs of collapse.
Carson Now Supports Gay Marriage? [Pulse 2016]

"Nor has it invested in building substantive political organizations..."? Wow, Maggie, did you go over to Brian Brown's house and literally pee in his corn flakes, too?

But of course if what Maggie says about her movement and its failings is true (and I think it is), much of the fault lies in her own failed efforts. She put herself out there in a *MAJOR* way for the larger part of this modern "culture war." She tried her damnedest to sell discrimination to the American public. She set up a couple of different organizations to make the case (NOM and IMAPP) and worked for a few others. She wrote books, led campaigns, tried to recruit big names, appeared all over the media, contracted with the Bush White House, gave speech after speech, and put her heart and soul into trying to turn NOM into a thing. She once gloated that "it's really fun to win." Now that she is losing, I understand that it's not nearly as fun. But much of it is, indeed, on her.

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379 companies that want their logos paired with uplifting music in inevitable marriage (in)equality documentaries

by Jeremy Hooper

Major players from the world of sports, communications, banking, fashion, travel, pharmaceutical, food, entertainment, and more. The following three hundred seventy-nine companies have joined an amicus brief calling on the United States Supreme Court to grant the freedom to marry to all fifty states once and for all:

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A.L. Nella & Company, LLP, CPAs
A.T. Kearney
Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC
Acacia Home LLC*
Aetna Inc.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. AJ Leo Electric and Solar Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Alaska Airlines
Alcoa Inc.
Amazon Services Inc., Inc.
American Airlines Group Inc.
American Apparel
American Express Company
American International Group, Inc.
Aparicio-Mercado Law, L.C.
Apple Inc.
AppNexus Inc.
Arbor Brewing Company, LLC
Arnold & Porter LLP
Aspen Skiing Company
Assemble Sound LLC
AT&T Inc.
Atlas Cut Stone
Atticus Circle
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Avanade Inc.
Bain & Company, Inc.
Bakehouse Art Complex
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Bank of America
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
bebe stores, inc.
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Belcampo Inc.
Ben & Jerry’s
Big Duck Studio, Inc.
Bigelow Villa LLC
Billy’s Farm
BlackRock, Inc.
Bloomberg L.P.
Blue Apron, Inc.
Blue Heron Ventures
Blue Moon Hotel / Winter Haven Hotel
Blume, Faulkner & Skeen, PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boston Community Capital, Inc.
Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Foundation
Boston Medical Center Corporation
Boston Scientific Corporation
Brady Mills LLC
BrandQuery LLC
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Broadcom Corporation
Cable vision Systems Corporation
Capital One Financial Corporation
Captain Wendell’s Marine Services LLC
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Care Resource
CBS Corporation
Central Physical Therapy and Fitness, PSC CGI
Charlotte Business Guild
The Chubb Corporation
CIGNA Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citigroup Inc.
City Catering Company
City Lites Neon, Inc.
The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Civitas Public Affairs Group
Clean Yield Asset Management
CloudFlare, Inc.
CMIT Solutions of Seattle Downtown
The Coca-Cola Company
Cohen & Associates
Colgate-Palmolive Company Columbia FunMap, Inc.
Comcast Corporation
The Computer Butler
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
The Corcoran Group
Corner Brewery, LLC
Corning Incorporated
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Crazy Misfits Pet Services
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Cummins Inc.
Cupcake Royale
CVS Health Corporation
Dallas Voice
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
Danaher Corporation
David J. Jarrett, P.C.
David Kosar Insurance Agency
David Mack Henderson Income Tax Preparation
DCI Group AZ, L.L.C.
Deloitte LLP
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
The Desert Business Association
Deutsche Bank AG
Diageo North America, Inc.
Domini Social Investments LLC
The Dow Chemical Company
Dreamcatcher Arts and Publishing Ltd.
Dropbox, Inc.
eBay Inc.
Eldercare Consulting
Electronic Arts Inc.
EnduringHydro, LLC
Ernst & Young LLP
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Event Rents
Everything Real Estate LLC
Express Movers Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
First Data Corporation
1st Security Bank
1stdibs.Com, Inc.
FIT Technologies
Flanery CPA
Full Court Press Communications
G.A.W., Inc.
The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc.
GlaxoSmithKline LLC
Gleason & Associates Claims Services
Go Factory, Inc.
Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Google Inc.
Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Great Officiants LLC
The Greater Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Greater San Diego Business Association
Greater Seattle Business Association
Grossman Marketing Group
Group Health Cooperative Groupon
Growing Hope
Harrell Remodeling
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Holdredge Wines
Homeward Pet Adoption Center
Horizon Air Industries, Inc.
House Packard LLC
Ikard Wynne LLP
The Independence Business Alliance
The Inland Northwest Business Alliance
Insala, Ltd
Inspirato, LLC
Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
Integrity Law Group
Intel Corporation
Intuit Inc.
Jackson Hole Group LLC
Jagod Designs
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jenn T. Grace International LLC
Jennifer Brown Consulting
JetBlue Airways Corporation
The Jim Henson Company
Johnson & Johnson
Johnston, Kinney and Zulaica LLP
Jonathan L. Bowman, Attorney at Law, PS
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Julian Chang Consulting, Inc. photography
The Kathy A. Janssen Foundation
Kazan, McClain, Satterley, & Greenwood, PLC
Keir Jones Agency – State Farm
Keker & Van Nest LLP
KEO Marketing Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Kotzan Chiropractic
Lambda Business Association
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology
Larson Marketing & Communications LLC
Laughton Properties
Law Offices of Joel L. Sogol
Law Office of Lisa E. Schuchman
Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC
Law Offices of Robin L. Bodiford, P.A.
The Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC
Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberty Burger
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Life & Love Celebrations
Link in the Chain Foundation, Inc.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
LNT, Inc.
The Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Lori Karbal et al
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of
Main Street Hair Shoppe Ltd.
Marriott International, Inc.
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.
McKesson Corporation
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Merca Property Management
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Microsoft Corporation
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Miller & Olson, LLP
Miller Shelton Group, LLC
MillerCoors LLC
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Mona Smith PLLC
Moody’s Corporation
Morgan Miller Plumbing
Morgan Stanley
MWW Public Relations
NAMI Dallas, Inc.
The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Neumann Capital Management, LLC
The New England Patriots
New Leaf Columbus
New York Life Insurance Company
Nifty Hoops, LLC
NIKE, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Northrop Grumman Corporation
OBOX Solutions
Office Depot, Inc.
The Ogilvy Group, Inc.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
ONE Community Media, LLC
1 Source Consulting Solutions
Oracle America, Inc.
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Outerwall Inc.
Pakmode Publications, LLC
d/b/a Pakmode Media + Marketing Pandora Media, Inc.
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pfizer Inc.
Pixelligent Technologies LLC
Plexus Education Foundation
Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce
Portland Area Business Association
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
The PrintingWorks Pro-Tec Data, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
ProTrials Research, Inc.
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Puma Spring Vineyards
Qualcomm Incorporated
RAFI Architecture and Design
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
Ralph’s Regal Weddings
Ray Holley Communications
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Replacements, Ltd.
Restaurant Management Concepts
Reverberate! Marketing Communications, Inc.
Rising Tide Brewing Company
RJR Photography
Robert H Stutz Jr CPA
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Rotella & Hernandez, LLC
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Sadek Bonahoom PLC
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The San Francisco Giants
The Seattle Lesbian, LLC
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Sempra Energy
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shingles Roofing LLC
Sidetrack, Inc.
Simon, Schindler & Sandberg LLP
Skellenger Bender, P.S.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Sleeves Up Productions, LLC
Spectra Law PS
Spry Vision, Inc.
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Staples, Inc.
Starbucks Corporation
Starrtek LLC
State Street Corporation
Steven Graves Insurance Agency
Stonewall Behavioral Health
Stonewall Columbus
Stuffed Cakes, LLC
Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.
SunDaily, Inc.
Sweet Dixie Kitchen
Symantec Corporation
Taber Food Services, Inc.
dba Hobee’s California Restaurants The Tampa Bay Rays
Target Corporation
TD Bank, N.A.
TD Securities (USA) LLC
Tech Data Corporation
Thinking Cap Communications & Design
Third Point LLC
Thomson Reuters
Tiwary Entertainment Group LLC
TNT Promotions, LLC
TOCA Events, LLC
TravelOut, Inc.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
Twitter, Inc.
206 Inc.
The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
United Air Lines, Inc.
United Therapeutics Corporation
Uptown Physicians Group
VCB Consulting & Accounting Services
Verizon Communications Inc.
Viacom Inc.
Visa Inc.
VMware, Inc.
W. M. Martin Advertising
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
W/S Development Associates LLC
Walsh Wellness Center
The Walt Disney Company
Wasserman Media Group
Wells Fargo & Company
Whey Natural! USA LLC
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Witeck Communications, Inc.
The Workplace Equality Index
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Xerox Corporation
Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority
Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C.
Zinger man’s Community of Businesses
Zynga Inc.


To make it easier on them, the anti-gay movement will instead which American companies they *aren't* boycotting.

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NOM affiliate group to give Roy Moore a 'Letter from Birmingham Jail Award'

by Jeremy Hooper

"Letter From Birmingham Jail" is of course a reference to Martin Luther King and his nonviolent resistance to the brute racism in America of the mid twentieth century. But how, and to whom, does the Coalition of African-American Pastors, an affiliate group of the National Organization For Marriage, misapply that sentiment? See for yourself:

Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) Honors Justice Roy Moore for His Principled Stand for Marriage

Coalition of African American Pastors Will Present Moore with the Inaugural “Letter from Birmingham Jail Award”

Memphis, TN – Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would receive their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s principled stand in defense of traditional marriage.

The group was moved to honor Chief Justice Moore following his defense of Alabama’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Moore’s actions were based on the fact that the federal court does not have the power to redefine marriage in direct opposition to legal tradition and the clearly expressed will of the people. His courage and conviction persuaded CAAP that Chief Moore was the ideal honoree for the inaugural presentation of an award inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter.

“Chief Justice Moore is an example for all of us,” stated Rev. William Owens, President of CAAP. “By making a principled and persuasive stand for marriage, Chief Justice Moore has singled himself out as someone who is ready to defend our most cherished values and help lead this new civil rights movement. By his words and courageous actions, he has helped preserve marriage, the family, justice, and the spirit of democracy. This is what it means to be a ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award’ recipient. We hope that his example inspires others to take similar action to defend marriage in their own communities.”

The group announced that they plan to present the Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award to Justice Moore in a special ceremony in April.
Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) Honors Justice Roy Moore for His Principled Stand for Marriage [CAAP]

Wow. What did civil rights history ever do to you to deserve such a unjust face-slap, CAAP?

Not that it's ever surprising to me to see CAAP taking the wrong approach to things. After all, this is the same Willie Owens, NOM's named religious liaison, who routinely links homosexuality to bestiality and sexual abuse, and who insists that gay people have "abnormal lifestyles." Frankly, I'd be scared if they were condemning Roy Moore, not applauding him.

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Save the Date: SCOTUS to hear history-making marriage cases on April 28

by Jeremy Hooper

We knew it was going to be April, but today we learn that Tuesday, the 28th will be the day the US Supreme Court hears the the four consolidated cases that could very well bring marriage equality to all fifty states:

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Incidentally, it's also National Kiss Your Mate Day. Which is good because anti-gay groups are going to want to give their long-held mate, wanton discrimination, a long kiss goodbye.

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Wall Street's biggest put stock in equal bonds

by Jeremy Hooper

A wise investment:

New York (CNN)Wall Street's leading banks have signed a "friend of the court" brief pressing the Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage.

Major financial firms including AIG, Bank of America, BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs JPMorgan, UBS and Wells Fargo signed the brief that will be filed on Thursday.

FULL: Wall Street pushes SCOTUS on gay marriage [CNN Money]

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Gross: Tony Perkins makes some sort of 'ugly baby' joke at Hillary Clinton's expense

by Jeremy Hooper

After an interview with his Executive Vice President, Jerry Boykin, that was exclusively dedicated to Hillary Clinton and the email thing that's in the press, viciously anti-gay (among other things) social conservative politico Tony Perkins responded to Boykin's use of the phrase "ugly baby" like so:

He "couldn't help it," folks.

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Really, suddenly contrite Ben Carson? Because you were pretty cocksure before!

by Jeremy Hooper

I don't know about you, but if I go on national television and claim that millions of people's sexual orientations are "absolutely a choice" and further suggest that prison coitus proves this to be so, I think it's fair to say that I am "pretending to know" what I just said I "absolutely" know. And since I spoke in such absolutes, it's also fair to believe that I had given my views some prior thought.

But this is far-right politics we're talking about. And so now a man with a very anti-gay track record is apologizing for his earlier certitude, saying that what he gave to CNN in absolutist language was actually something less considered:

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[Ben Carson]

I mean, this is going to drive the far-right social conservatives nuts, so ha. But let's get real here: this is political, not sincere.

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ADF links A-Rod's drug suspension with florist's anti-gay discrimination; huh?!

by Jeremy Hooper

I'm really trying to be nice here. But there's just no other way to say it. This clumsy attempt, from Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco, might be the most ridiculous piece of commentary writing I've ever seen an anti-gay organization put out:

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 At 8.04.39 Pm Disgraced Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez recently made headlines with a hand-written apology addressed “(to) the (f)ans” over his drug violation suspension. Predictable debate followed the apology; some thought it sincere, while others suspected he was hoping for kinder fan treatment – especially if he failed to live up to his very sizeable [sic] contract. Whatever the case, A-Rod took “full responsibility” for his suspension from baseball for substance abuse, and hoped the apology would allow him to get on with playing baseball.

Apologies are a good thing, and if heartfelt they can get one back on track. But a Washington florist offered the chance for an apology and a minor fine to avoid the ongoing heat (and financial ruin), replied “Thanks, but no thanks.”

The offer of apology and settlement came from the Washington State Attorney General, who is prosecuting a kindly grandmother and florist, Barronelle Stutzman. The matter has already received much publicity. Stutzman, who has employed persons and served people regardless of sexual orientation, declined a same-sex wedding request from a long-time customer. She tearfully told the customer and friend her Christian faith would not allow her participation, gave the name of three florists who would serve, and concluded the conversation with a hug. That looked like the end of the matter until Attorney General Bob Ferguson learned about the encounter through social media. He promptly filed suit against her business and Stutzman personally, so all her assets – including her home – could be taken.
There‘s another point here that makes the story even more troubling. Let’s imagine that A-Rod declined to apologize, and instead defied the Yankees. Let’s further imagine he said: “I’ll never play for you again, and I despise this team.” Do you suppose the Yankees would gleefully wave his contract and say “We’ve got you! And you’ll play for us whether you want to or not.” Of course not. No team wants a player who does not wish to play for them. You can’t force someone to put their talents to their best use. In fact, Yankee Manager Joe Girardi said the focus must now be whether A-Rod can do his job. In other words, give your best and show results or you won’t play – no matter how much you’re paid.

Now, do we suppose customers would want to force an unwilling florist or photographer to use their talents? I doubt it. Just as with an athlete, there would be no way to know if the flowers looked this bad, or the lighting was wrong in photographs, because the artist had a bad day – or their heart was not in it. Furthermore, I would not want to give my hard-earned money to a person who disagreed with my request so vehemently that they declined a paying job.


Follow that? You're forgiven, if not.

Not only is the whole thing ludicrous in terms of both setup and syntax, but it's also politically inept in terms of conceit. In the part imagining a defiant A-Rod who refuses to be a team player, the ADF guy is linking someone they've already described as a "disgraced Yankees superstar" with the supposed victim of the piece, Ms. Stutzman. How does he possibly think this is a good thing to do? We've already established that A-Rod did something wrong. The ADF denies that Ms. Stutzman did wrong. However, by directly linking A-Rod's theoretical defiance with the very defiance that Ms. Stutzman has very much shown and which has very realistically landed her in a hot seat of her own making, Mr. Infranco is helping making our point, not his. With "friendly" counsel like ADF, Ms. Stutzman won't need enemies!

I really think groups like the ADF are so trapped within a broken narrative that requires them to polish the turd of discrimination and sell it as "religious freedom" that they are starting to trip over their own logic. Over their own script and its casting. Which is not surprising: it's much harder to write a fantasy novel than it is to write an accurate news report.

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