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06/21/2010

Papa can you jeer me: NOM patronizes patriarchs

by Jeremy Hooper

As the National Org. For Marriage gets more desperate, the organization also gets more callous. Like this weekend when they caught wind of President Obama's proclamation honoring ALL kinds of fathers and ALL kinds of family configurations, the self-appointed marriage monarchs wrote this:

Obama's Father's Day Proclamation: Dads Not that Special

Moms? Dads? Stepdads? whatever.

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No -- not "whatever"! Try "what is." Because that is exactly what President Obama was recognizing in his proclamation: The "what is" of the American landscape! The single dads, the gay dads, 201006210951the stepdads, the granddads, the fathers who are detached from their families for extenuating circumstances: All, not some. How dare Brian, Maggie, and the rest of the NOM bombers discredit this reality?!?

Look, we get that NOM is freaked out by any family arrangement that doesn't look exactly like they want. WE. ALL. GET. IT. But to use their own selfish agenda to imply that the President, a proud father himself, is saying that dads are "not that special"? What nerve! This goes way beyond simple rejection of marriage equality and same-sex adoption. These kinds of toxic ideas cut right in the heart of the fabric that made countless Father's Days ties, that binds countless fathered (and fatherless) families, and that blankets the landscape of America with the kind of diversity that makes it so great. When NOM does nasty stuff like this, they fully reveal their hand. A hand that is not about "gay marriage," but rather about complete and utter micromanagement of what Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, and Robert George see to be the "natural order."

Yesterday, many of us woke our fathers with a call, a hug, or a card. Here's hoping we can now wake America to the true family threat that is the National Organization For Marriage!

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