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07/18/2010

Re:Morse: Dr. J. calls us 'mean'; toothless claim lacks all meaning

by Jeremy Hooper

Jennifer-Roback-MorseThis site has certainly covered Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse's contributions to the National Organization for Marriage tour as much or more than anyone else in the blogosphere. And we are indeed a gay site.

-When Dr. J (as she calls herself) said that gay people are turning marriage into a "government registry of friendships," we responded to her claims. Firmly but fairly.

-When she posited one and only "public purpose of marriage," we pointed out the ludicrous nature of this far-right meme. Firmly but fairly.

-When she called same-sex marriage "a hostile takeover of the whole civil society," we responded to the claim. Firmly but fairly.

Not once -- NOT. ONCE! -- have we lobbed any sort of personal attack against Morse. We haven't questioned her credentials or denounced her intelligence. We haven't called her a "bigot." We haven't criticized her appearance. We've stuck on message, countering the one that she is choosing to deliver about us. The message that she is paid to disseminate against gay people's lives and loves.

Oh, but nobody can play the "poor, pitiful me" act like the LGBT community's political opposition. Morse has posted this to her Ruth Institute blog:

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Short on arguments and ideas? For every one of her speeches, we have posted the full audio and broken down what we find wrong about Morse's speeches. In the past, when Morse has challenged us, we have posted LENGTHY back-and-forths with her. Neither brevity nor insight tend to be issues here at G-A-Y.

Mean taunts? Not once have we been "mean" or "taunted" Ms. Morse. The entirety of our posts that have been focused on Morse, like all posts, focused 100% on the messaging. Period. Even when she's made truly hurtful claims about our wants, needs, desires, and lives.

"Normal behavior for adult men and women"? We are talking about a grown woman who is on a stock photo-decorated bus, touring the country for the sole purpose -- THE SOLE PURPOSE -- of denying civil rights to her gay neighbor. And yet we, the denied gays, are the ones acting abnormally?!! Because we defend ourselves?!?!? The nerve of that claim!

And again: There is virtually no one covering Morse more than G-A-Y, so we feel comfortable responding to her on behalf of the LGBT blogosphere. It's totally fine if she wants to challenge us. But this site takes great pride in always taking on the message rather than the messenger. We also take pride in finding the moments to smile, as a way to cut through the "culture war" meanness. And we certainly take pride in framing cogent arguments. So we will not sit here and let her blatantly misrepresent what has and has not been said on this here URL. She has already misrepresented us enough in her day-to-day speeches!

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*Fortunately, her own commenters see right through it:

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