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06/21/2010

Becket play: NOM's the star -- but does Marriott play a supporting role?

by Jeremy Hooper

In December of '08, Becket Fund founder Kevin "Seamus" Hasson compared anti-Prop 8 protests to Al Qaeda:

(click to play audio clip)
*SOURCE: KPFA Morning Show

An outrageous comparison which coincided with the Becket Fund's full page New York Times ad decrying the supposed "intolerance" that was being shown to those religious groups who were instrumental in rolling back civil freedom:

Anti-gay Becket Fund launches full-page NYT ad - 'No Mob Veto' [PHB]

It was a victimization routine that came straight our of the National Organization For Marriage's handbook. So it probably won't surprise you to learn that Hasson, the Becket Fund, and a whole host of conservatives turned out this weekend to honor NOM founder Robert George with a distinguished medal of honor:

Photos: Annual Canterbury Medal Dinner [The Hill]
Brian Brown's excited tweet:
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There's a familiar chain that's working against us, patting each other on the backs while stepping on our own. So yea: No real surprise that NOM and Becket would further strengthen the connective tissue that ensures their symbiosis.

It might, however, surprise some to learn that Hotel chairman and CEO Bill Marriott and his wife Donna were on hand at the event regaling Mr. George (*see photo proof), since so many of us quite clearly remember the letter that Mr. Marriott wrote right after Prop 8 distancing himself and his company name from efforts to pass the marriage ban. Now, it's not to say that Mr. Marriott necessarily supports NOM's work because he was on hand to rub shoulders the organization's chief player and many of its most vocal supporters and allies (including host organization). However, when one factors in not only this latest event, but also the April soiree at which Marriott was in venue to give a thumbs up to incendiary NOM board member Orson Scott Card (who has called on Americans to overthrow any government that gets too gay-accepting), one has to start asking some questions. Chief among them: At which hotels should LGBT Americans feel comfortable about laying their heads?

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