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09/11/2010

OneBan_One[Whoa Man, Really?!]

by Jeremy Hooper

You know how we've told you a million times about that "One Man, One Woman" offshoot organization? The one run by National Organization For Marriage tour personality Louis Marinelli? The same OMOW group whose Facebook page NOM now claims as their own official site on both their own Twitter feed and their spinoff TwoMillionForMarriage.com site?

Yea, well check this out: In a surprising move, someone writing for OMOW (presumably Louis) has come out in favor of Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal:

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Also, presumably-Louis has even joined this site, Towleroad, and Americablog in asking the DOJ to not appeal the recent court decision:

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Uhm, okay. So now just to remind you: This Twitter account (which was once called NOMUpdates) is the same Twitter account that, over the past year, has tweeted all kinds of targeted hits not just against marriage equality, but also against gays in general. There was the time that Louis, or whoever was writing for the account, declared all gays to be single. There was the time that the Twitter-er said that Peter LaBarbera and his fringe "Americans For Truth" group merely "tell the truth about homosexuality." There were times when he or she flat-out called us an abomination, citing Leviticus. There was this one: "Deviance" describes actions or behaviours that violate cultural norms - homosexuality is far from a cultural norm. Therefore, it is deviant." And this: "Homosexuality and gay marriage are wrong and harmful to society." And this: "#iaintafraidtosay that there shouldn't be any recognition of homosexual relationships because that is saying that homosexuality is OK." There was this next one, accompanied by a smile: "What they do is blantantly [sic] immoral. :)" There were times when Mr. Marinelli or his ally compared our unions to that which might exist between a sterile brother and sister. And other times when our very character was assaulted, like this one: "#nevertrust activists of the homosexual agenda - they are deceitful people who care only about themselves and not what's best for society." And so on and so on.

Plus, as we've seen time and time again, the OMOW Facebook page (which, again, NOM claims as their own in multiple places) hosts some of the most incendiary, blanketed comments on the 'net. Comments that often go well beyond marriage and right into gays' mental health.

So to have this site now coming out in favor of repeal? It's kind of -- something. Sure, it might be a naked attempt to say, "See we don't really hate gays -- we support their right to fight and possibly die on the battlefield." But regardless of motivation, it's certainly not a position that will sit well with the vast majority of organized anti-equality activists, as most of the socially conservative personalities and groups see the LGBT community's every gain as an interconnected step down a slippery slope. So if OMOW is sincere, then we celebrate the dual takeaway: (1) The further evidence that even some "pro-family" peeps are coming around on basic rights, and (2) the further dissension that this support for basic rights will cause among those whose anti-gay "culture war" is an all-out "us v. them" battle rather than a series of tiered skirmishes with varying shades of nuance.

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**True to form, OMOW is making yet another attempt to distance from NOM:

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But here's the deal: It is 100% impossible for an organization to embed a Facebook page...

(NOM's TwoMillion For Marriage site, with "OMOW" Facebook embedded within)
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...and for that same organization to list that same Facebook page on their branded Twitter account...

(NOM's official Twitter sidebar, with "OMOW" listed as official Facebook)
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...and still claim separation. IT. DOES. NOT. WORK. THAT. WAY.

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