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10/07/2009

With 'quotes' like this, who needs fiction?

by Jeremy Hooper

If you're a regular reader of this site, you might know about David Benkof, the gay man who opposes gay rights, and who sometimes writes columns in which he states his self-denying case. And you might also remember how, back in May of 2008, Washington state senator Ed Murray publicly called David out for misrepresenting him in print, saying that David's misrepresentation of his words was "absurd and borderline libelous":

David Benkof writes that I told him that "any person who continues to conduct himself as if what he thinks is God's definition of marriage is correct, instead of the gay community's definition, should be fined, fired and even jailed until he relents." ("Why California gays shouldn't celebrate state court ruling," Wednesday guest column). That's not at all what I said, and Benkof's deliberate misrepresentation of my views does damage to them and to me.
*KEEP READING: Recognition under the law an important goal [Seattle PI]

Well apparently the folks behind Washington's anti-domestic partnership campaign weren't paying attention to Murray's words, or they simply think that people are too lazy to do their own research. Because how else can you explain their choice to use David's exact same "absurd and borderline libelous" claim in a new campaign ad (:18 mark):

So let's see here: Their "proof" is a year and a half off secondhand quote, printed by someone who opposes gay rights, and one that has been resoundingly repudiated and explained away by the person who uttered it (check above link for Murray's entire repudiation). And this is coming to light in the same week that their completely, unapologetically religious-based ad dropped? Gee, Washington state opposition: You sure are spending lots of money just to hand us a victory!

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The lying liars have no compunction when it comes to repeating lies that come from others, even when they know that they are outrageous lies. And that is perfectly evident in this ad, especially when they purposefully (and with malice) obfuscate the source of that lie. They know it's a lie, they quote it anyway, they use it to cause harm, and they attempt to disguise the liar who originally fabricated the lie. They have a lot of practice lying, and they are very good at it. They operate under the premise that no one will catch the lie, or won't call them on it (which is also what they have also become very accustomed to). They are pathological, and don't even feel the slightest twinge of regret for promulgating vicious lies.

Even given all of that, though, one would expect that they might be a little bit more careful when it comes to foisting their lies in a public forum where there are those who will confront their lies. Of course, to the pathological liars, they may simply be unable to control themselves.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 7, 2009 10:34:58 PM

I wouldn't be too quick to assume that victory is at hand.

The Reject 71 folks know that their main support comes from people who object to any expansion of gay rights on religious grounds. Given that this will be a tight race, they're throwing red meat to their core constituency to ensure their appearance at the polls.

They're probably thinking that the number of people who will be turned off by such an ad is not significant enough to be concerned with. They likely believe that overcome by those religious folks that will be riled into action.

It's great that we're pointing out the Mormon connection, but that information is only being expressed within the echo chamber of the gay blogosphere. Unless the Approve 71 folks get ads out that debunk the lies revealed here (or at least constant press releases... anything!), the average person will swallow these statements hook, line and sinker.

It sucks, but most religious members of the American electorate are easily swayed by fear, no matter how irrational or unfounded it is.

Posted by: Christopher™ | Oct 7, 2009 11:18:21 PM

That ad from Washington was obviously disturbing to me; why, after all, SHOULDN'T kinds be told that gay marriage is "normal"? (Anyone got a RATIONAl and non-religiously-based answer for that?!) Can you imagine the young gay kids out there who would be feeling so alone, as if their feelings are, somehow, "not normal"? How cruel!

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Oct 8, 2009 3:23:24 AM

Wade, that's the whole point. But it's a slippery slope - Children are taught in schools that interracial couples can get married. To racists, that's as unnatural and morally depraved as gay marriage is to homophobes. So why are interracial relationships presented in schools as equal to intraracial relationships? BECAUSE LEGALLY, THEY ARE.

Gets me every time, btw, that the argument on our side is LEGAL EQUALITY for same-sex families, and on their side is the remote chance that a child born into a homophobic household might be taught to view gay relationships with something other than disdain.

Posted by: PINGAS | Oct 8, 2009 12:27:12 PM

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