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05/06/2009

Council votes 12-1, Congress seems on-board. But watch out for Carol Fillmore!

by Jeremy Hooper

Of yesterday's D.C. Council vote in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages that have been performed elsewhere, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins (or ghostwriter) today writes the following:

Fortunately, there has been enough of an uproar in the District that the D.C. Council is probably thinking twice about its plan to introduce a bill legalizing same-sex "marriage" in the city this summer. Several Washingtonians, like Carol Fillmore of Northwest, are telling the media that they resent the Council's decision to force counterfeit marriage on Washington "instead of bringing the issue to a citywide vote."
In D.C. You Can Fight City Hall [FRC]

So who is this random, unreferenced Carol Fillmore that supposedly represents the uproar of a very Democratic part of the country? Well, she is simply an everyday evangelical that the notoriously conservative Washington Times quoted in their article on the vote:

D.C. resident Carol Fillmore of Northwest objected to the council making the decision to recognize gay unions, instead of bringing the issue to a citywide vote.

"The Bible says 'man and woman,' not 'woman-woman,' 'man-man,' " said Ms. Fillmore, 62
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D.C. Council passes same-sex marriage bill [Wash Times]

That's it. That's who Tony (or ghostwriter) is using to represent the "several Washingtonians" who are gonna lead the district to think twice about approving marriage equality for their area: A random citizen who spoke to the nation's most far-right newspaper, using her faith as a model for addressing civil freedoms. She's probably a lovely individual; but she is simply one individual in a mass of progressive energy. And one individual does not an "uproar" make.

But hey, when the four-time-divorced Marion Barry is your one voice of support from within the Council, guess you do have to hunt for someone on whom you can pin your "pro-marriage" hopes without looking uber-hypocritical.

*Our side has more connected support: Pelosi: Don't interfere with D.C. on gay marriage [The Hill]

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Well they must haver very very small districts in NH. One Rep said that she had gotten 5 emails from a 'majority' of her constuents... So she has 9 consituents?

Posted by: LOrion | May 6, 2009 6:23:42 PM

Note also that "Tony Perkins" quoted the Washington Times and made it appear as if Carol Fillmore had said that. Way to go, TP! You quoted a reporter's paraphrase as if it's what someone actually said. Back to your freshman English class with ye!

Posted by: Paul | May 7, 2009 11:51:08 AM

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