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11/03/2010

Nice costume, Mary Beth. We were gonna go as Prop 8, but the shop was all out of crude historical pockmarks.

by Jeremy Hooper

The person in the center is Mary Beth Hutchins:

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For Halloween, Mary Beth, along with two work friends, decided to dress as characters from the uber-popular, thoroughly pro-LGBT television show "Glee." Mary Beth chose the character of Sue Sylvester, who is of course embodied by out, legally married, lesbian actress Jane Lynch. Cute, right?

Now, Mary Beth was quite proud of this Halloween gaiety. She even got the above picture up on People.com, as part of that site's Halloween Party roundup. She also took the step of Tweeting the pic to openly gay marriage equality supporter Chris Colfer:

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Chris may have tweeted back, or he may have been too busy giving more soundbites about how nasty Prop 8 is. We're really not sure.

But okay -- so why should you, dear reader, care about any of this? Oh. Well. Because you see, the thing is:

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Yup, that's right: Mary Beth Hutchins is the longtime press representative for the National Organization For Marriage. Day in and day out, Mary Beth churns out press releases celebrating events that roll back the civil rights of Americans like Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy, etc. She's NOM's organizational go-between, working as hard as she can to expand discrimination's media reach:

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Mary Beth's efforts with NOM run in direct opposition to the "It Gets Better" vibe that "Glee" so aptly (and thankfully) cultivates. But on Tuesday nights, she apparently sees no cognitive disconnect between this daily cultivation of animus for gay and lesbian people's families and her own embrace of a show that, quite literally, would not exist as it is without the influence of gay people.

Mary Beth is of course allowed. She's free. We, unlike NOM, have no desire to interfere with her costuming choices, be they a track suit or a bridal gown.

But isn't this crazy annoying? And doesn't it just reek of the cruel way so many Americans take, take, take from the well of LGBT contributions, yet deny, deny, deny when it comes to basic, civil decency? We think so.

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*Oh, and if you're wondering: The other half of the NOM PR twosome, Elizabeth Ray, went as a witch.

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