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05/01/2009

A certified hate group: The cornerstone of NH marriage foes' policy?

by Jeremy Hooper

So what sort of tactics is Cornerstone Policy Research, the organized conservative group that's opposing same-sex marriage in the state of New Hampshire, using to resist equality? Well in a new blog post, that organization is linking to a document that was put out by SPLC-certified hate group Mass Resistance. An anti-gay document that includes completely messed up lines like this one:

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So it's your choice, Gov. Lynch. You can side with history, fairness, love, peace, Democratic Party values, acceptance, civil equality, progress, inevitability, reasoned legal research and opinion, nondiscrimination, and betterment for all people by signing the recently passed marriage measure. Or you can side with a hurtful political movement that has proven themselves willing, time and time again, to say and do whatever the hell they think will help their side, including passing off extremely offensive ideas like the one above that says gay people are incapable of "achieving" marriage.

And no, we don't think its overreaching to present the stakes in this way. While there are certainly people in the middle, the reason why many of them are undecided is because of the lies that groups like MassResistance have been putting out, turning what should be a benign matter of basic fairness into a needlessly contentious, purposelessly fear-mongering, code word-laden "culture war." Without these fringe lies, what we have is a simple conversation about civil recognition. With the injection of fringe lies, we see the conversation infiltrated with personal, typically faith-based attacks against a good, decent community of human beings. Our conversational oceans have always allowed for multiple speakers to fairly and freely swim. It is our opposition that has muddied this same water with noxious and mean-spirited vitriol.

So Gov. Lynch, you have a very important choice to make. If we were you, we'd think twice before aligning our gubernatorial legacy with CPR, an outfit that apparently sees nothing wrong with embracing the viewpoints of a certified hate group.

How has Same-sex ‘marriage’ Changed Massachusetts? [Cornerstone Policy Research]

*Oh, and don't forget to get in touch with the Governor's office!

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"research shows that homosexual relationships are fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels"

Remind me of this when the next heterosexual divorce is filed in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

And whose "research" is this? Which quack with no education and calling himself a "doctor" because he owns a bible?

Posted by: Scott | May 1, 2009 7:13:57 PM

Scott, if there were any research that actually "shows" what they claim, they would have included a link to it in their document. They did include links to other twisted "facts" in their missive, even as truth-challenged (bald faced) as the lies are. The fact of the matter is that it's just another lie from the lying liars. And, it makes a great sound bite that any of the other lying liars can quote with relative impunity.

Posted by: Dick Mills | May 1, 2009 9:18:44 PM

I just left a comment on the Cornerstone blog (awaiting moderation). As I don't see ANY comments up there, I can't imagine any are making it up.

I had never read that MassResistance paper, but it is AMAZING how much hate, distortion and lies they could pack into one 4-page paper! I wish their values were as "Christian" as mine are. Then we'd all just get along.

Posted by: Christopher | May 1, 2009 9:25:43 PM

Well we should all thank Brian Cankersore (sp?) for writing that concise obituary for his group. Not sure what happened to the rest of the members, but I expect they bailed years ago.

Posted by: sykler | May 2, 2009 7:57:51 AM

Okay, I have three issues with this: First, they act like marriage is this imensely profound thing that only straight people have the resolve to get ahold of; when in reality, any drunken couple can go get married in a rock-n-roll chapel by Elvis. Secondly, if marriage is something we don't "desire", then why are we fighting so hard against these people to get it? Lastly, of course we can't "achieve marriage" as they know it. Marriage as they know it is somewhat maligned and does include us. We have to change marriage as they know it so we can get married.

Their arguments make my head hurt.

Posted by: Demented | May 6, 2009 5:06:51 AM

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