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07/13/2010

Charla, Bans, ME: 'The teacher' on summer rights-vacation

by Jeremy Hooper

During last year's National Organization for Marriage-fueled "Yes on 1" campaign, the anti-gay side was all about putting Charla Bansley on television, identified as nothing more than a local teacher, for the purposes of drumming fear of what marriage equality would supposedly do to Maine:

But this year they don't need to "win" at any poll. So now when they promote tomorrow's Augusta stop of their ridiculous summer marriage tour, NOM and crew can take the "I'm just an everyday citizen" mask off of Ms. Bansley and let her serve as what she is and always was: A professional member of the "pro-family" movement:

Mark your calendar now for this Wednesday, July 14!

Speaking at [NOM’s Marriage Tour 2010] will be Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ruth Institute; Rev. Bob Emrich, Director of the Maine Jeremiah Project; and
Charla Bansley, State Director of Concerned Women for America.
CWA of Maine

It's nothing short of enraging. When thinking of the three people most fit to speak in Maine on this issue on this year, CWA director Bansley makes the cut. She's that much a part of the movement. And she was well before last year's marriage campaign, regularly gracing the bill at anti-LGBT rallies. But when it came time to scare the portion of the Maine public that doesn't pay attention to "culture war" minutiae (hint: the vast majority), NOM and company dressed Charla up, placed her on a classroom set, and made her into a representative for all of Maine's public schools (even though she taught at a small, private Christian school). That would be like our side putting Larry Kramer in an ad and identifying him as nothing more than the Women in Love screenwriter!

But it's fitting behavior for a movement that has turned obfuscation into an absurdist art form.

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