Video: The truth is that there are two Maggie Gallaghers
Maggie Gallagher speaking at that same Oregon marriage panel that we showed you earlier:
MAGGIE: "When I say the things I really believe are true and good and need to be pointed to, you hear that as condemnatory or lacking in respect for you." A comment which Maggie then follows with lots of nice, neutral language about respect and desire to do right by gays' feeelings.
So alright, okay. Then let's now look back just three short months. Maggie went on Janet Parshall's Christian radio show, an outlet where there was no need for the kind of beige language or finely tuned dog whistles that anti-rights speakers use in settings like marriage panels. That's when Ms. Gallagher came right out and pointedly told gay people that they "can always control" their "unfortunate" behavior, and that their "desires" are "subject to moral reflection and critique":
*AUDIO SOURCE: In The Market with Janet Parshall -- 8/9/10 [Moody Radio]
Yes, Maggie -- proud mothers of proud gay sons are going to find this kind of thing insulting! Because it is.
Or we can go back to June of 2008, when Maggie relied on her personal Catholicism to discuss the "several kinds of sins" that committed gay couples are supposedly committing. Or actually in this instance, it wasn't only same sex couples that Mags went after -- she brought all straight supporters of marriage equality into the sinful mix too:
Or we can go back even further, to a time when Maggie was even less less out there in the public realm with her gay-centric politics, and therefore less politically savvy about what to say and when to say it. Like in 2001, when she referred to homosexuality as "at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction" whose reparative therapy deserves research dollars:
5/14/2001, Maggie uses Dr. Robert Spitzer's study in a way that goes against his own wishes and findings: "I believe there is rather powerful evidence that human beings are a two-sex species, designed for sexual rather than asexual reproduction. If this is true, then the absence of desire for the opposite sex represents, at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility. Human beings seeking help in overcoming sexual dysfunctions deserve our respect and support (and may I mention, President Bush, more research dollars?)." [Source]
Or in '00, when she presented gays as abnormal members of the species:
3/20/2000, Maggie defends Dr. Laura: "In a simple biological framework abstracted from all religion and morality, homosexuality is like infertility. It is a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species." [Source]
So talk about "live and let live" all you wish, Ms. Gallagher. What we care about is not the way you view our lives or live your own, but rather THE WORK YOU DO AGAINST OUR CIVIL RIGHTS, and the DELIBERATE MISINFORMATION YOU USE TO SUPPORT THE SAME! If you're going to dish it, at least have the fortitude to OWN IT!
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