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10/24/2009

Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 12)

by Jeremy Hooper

On 9/4/09, the National Organization For Marriage's Maggie Gallagher appeared on "The Ken and Mike Morning News Show." Things to listen listen up for:

  • Maggie once again using the Ocean Grove, NJ, thing, neglecting to mention the actual facts at hand (to quickly summarize: the church pavilion in question was receiving a special tax break under NJ's Green Acres tax-exemption, which requires compliance with state non-discrimination law in order to qualify. So what they "lost" was a special break on a public accommodation that they wanted to restrict to only the heterosexual public!)
  • Maggie asserting that gays "don't want to get married'
  • Maggie's mention of "two dudes," which (as the host suggests) absolutely sounds like strategy on NOM's part to undermine gay couples. We've seen them use the same "two dudes" line in some of their other literature.
  • Maggie trying to distance her fight from laws against interracial marriage by saying, "racism was bad -- marriage is good." When everyone who actually values accurate assessments knows that the analogous phrase for the modern-day fight would be "homophobia/heterosexism is bad -- marriage is good." After all, racism and homo-hostility/heterosexim are the two obstacles at play -- the constant variable is marriage, and who should be granted access to the same!

Okay, enough of our chatter. On to Magster's:





*SOURCE: Ken and Mike Morning News, 9/4/09 [560 WGAN]

So why do the faith-based, fallacious thoughts of this one person matter so damn much? Well, because of this little fact:

$1.1 million of the $1.4 million raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in October came from a single source: the National Organization for Marriage. In fact, the Washington, D.C., organization has bankrolled more than 60 percent of the campaign to ban same-sex marriages in Maine.
Money fueling battle over gay marriage [Bangor Daily News]

Maggie is the voice of a well-stocked ATM. And that ATM, though based in New Jersey and D.C., is the guiding force trying to use religious views to take away CIVIL marriage in Maine.

The National Organization For Marriage: This group is extremist. This group is unfair. This group is hellbent on destroying anything that gets in the way along their narrow path. At this point, this group (coupled with the Catholic church, to which NOM is strongly tied) essentially is Stand For Marriage Maine (the group pushing the 'Yes on 1' side) .

We have one week to defeat this group. What will you do to help?

NO ON 1

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*EARLIER:

Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 1) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 2) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 3) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 4) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 5) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 6) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 7) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 8) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 9) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 10) [G-A-Y]
Yes on 1's biggest donor: An examination (Vol. 11) [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

So Maggie has strong ties to the Chatholic church, but NOM is suspected of being a Mormon front group. Does that make sense, do you think? I hope they lose their bid to hide their donor list in Maine, I really want to know where all that money comes from, and why didn't the donors send it directly to the 'Yes' campaign? Just what are they all hiding?

Posted by: ColdCountry | Oct 24, 2009 7:09:14 PM

CC: Most everyone involved in NOM is quite Catholic, and they actively target the Catholic community for support.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 24, 2009 7:12:29 PM

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