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06/01/2010

To continue hurtful journey, NOM needs new Rhode

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage is at it again. On August 15, Maggie Gallagher and company will again assemble in Rhode Island for a day that all involved will swear is simply to honor the family and marriage, even though an unsavvy political neophyte who's only half paying attention can easily see that the soiree is designed to push an anti-gay marriage ban onto the Ocean State:

Date & Location: August 15th at the beautiful Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The theme of this year's event is "The Blessing of Family," and Mr. Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, is the keynote speaker. Music will be provided by local band "Servant Song."
2nd Annual Celebrate Marriage and Family Day [NOM]

Yep, they've recruited Glenn Stanton -- a man who claims that gay people innately hold "a wholly different and really radical definition of what marriage is about," who has made multiple appearances on the "Dr Phil" show for the purposes of denying the reality of LGB (and especially) T children, and who was extremely vocal during Prop 8 -- to teach local Rhode Islanders all about family blessings. But just as they did last year, I guarantee that NOM will once again spend the days surrounding the event denying that it has anything to do with politics, acting if this is nothing more than a fun social gathering that just so happens to be sponsored by this nation's most vocal (and in some cases, most financially contributive) opponent of equal marriage rights. The planners will surely focus on the ice cream social, not the anti-social creaming of same-sex couples.

But don't you buy it! NOM has a major eye on RI, and they're just laying the foundation for yet another branch of their statewide anti-civil rights museums. We must appoint ourselves watchmen right now, or else its our own families' blessings that they might soon be razing!

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**BONUS: Here's some of what you might expect from Glenn. These comments were made to scare California voters in the run up to Prop 8:

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