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08/03/2010

NOM gets Siouxed; judges, gays, pro-equality lawmakers bear the damages

by Jeremy Hooper

Here now, some quips from the road, courtesy of the National Organization For Marriage's ridiculous summer tour stop in Sioux City, IA.

First up: Concerned Women For America of Iowa's Tamara Scott:

“We have so much evidence of the good for children where they are in the home of their biological parents. . . . It doesn’t take a village, it takes Scotta Godly man and woman to raise a child.”

“We have to be engaged because of love. We are called to act. . . . Be diligent as though it relies on you alone.”

“The justices have been like black robed bandits while legislating from the bench. . . . ‘We the people’ – it is our obligation to act. Start in our own homes and in God’s house and be involved and act on it. Do not wait in other
[sic] to act when it is we who are called.”

Bandits, activists (though always "black robed")? Go ahead, Ms. Scott -- keep on attacking the independent judiciary. Whatever. It's only a crucial branch of our shared government that's at stake. No biggie.

Then there's Iowa Family Policy Center's Danny Carroll:

“Legislators are counting on people to forget about what they did with marriage. . . . The power of democracy is with you the people. Find Carrollout where your legislators stand. Look them eye to eye and ask them directly. The are public servants – they work for you.”

“Many Iowans plan to vote NO on the justices being retained – holding them responsible for what they’ve done to marriage. It is time to say Enough is enough!”

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*Source for both quotes]

Ooh, tough guy. But here's the thing: We too have eyes. So do pro-fairness, pro-equality lawmakers. And we on the side of civil rights will look them and you and everyone else in the eye, Mr. Carroll, and tell all to get their personal faith condemnations out of our civil equality!

Yes, enough was enough. Yet when it comes to marriage opinions, the anti-equality side has gone WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY past "enough," landing firmly in the realm of gluttony. We, and a growing body of Americans, are sick of the self-serving and cruel feasting on gay people's existences!

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