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11/11/2010

Maggie Gallagher: Putting 'brave' face on basic benefit denial

by Jeremy Hooper

Maggie-Gallagher-SrivastavYesterday we showed you a couple of disconnects in the way Maggie Gallagher carries out her war on gay people's ring fingers. (1) We showed you how she claims she doesn't want to disrespect gay people in general, even though she has a clear record that does just that. (2) We showed you how she works the "They'll call us bigots" meme as if her life depended on it, then denies that she feels that way when the victimization strategy is brought to her attention.

Now let's look at (3): The way the National Organization For Marriage chairperson routinely claims that her fight only pertains to the direct object in her organization's name, even while she calls people "brave" for resisting something as simple and basic as domestic partnership benefits:

At Eastern Kentucky University, a professor named Todd Hartch braved the climate of chilled speech to speak up on his view that domestic partnerships threaten marriage. In the backlash that followed, he felt at first alone and unprotected, but he persevered and soon found many others who shared his concerns among faculty and students. Essentially, he single-handedly sparked a campus-wide discussion of the nature of marriage.

Today
in the Public Discourse, he urges his fellow professors to have the courage of their convictions: Breaking through the academy’s PC silence is necessary and, ultimately, rewarding.
One Brave Professor Urges His Colleagues to Speak Up for Marriage [The Corner]

It's of course not news that people like Maggie oppose even the most basic of rights and protections. Even when they claim otherwise (as the NOM-backed "Yes on 1" campaign opportunistically did in the closing days of Maine's marriage fight), we see right through it. We know that if left to their socially conservative druthers, most members of our organized opposition would gladly sit by and let the world turn an even colder shoulder to LGBT families.

But we do appreciate Maggie's "brave" candor here. This site has always operated under the belief that exposure is as much of a boon for us as it is an Achilles Heel for our political adversaries. The more that people like Maggie publicly get behind the idea that qualified professors should be treated with patent unfairness, the better off we on the side of equality will be.

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