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02/09/2011

'Short' shrift: Maggie's new friend both chatty and pen-happy

by Jeremy Hooper

It's interesting how Maggie, while waiting to testify against marriage equality in Rhode Island, just so happened to stumble upon someone...

It's half an hour before the hearing starts. They just allowed those of us who will speak back into the room. The crowd gets larger and larger. I spent my time in the hallway talking to a number of marriage supporters. Roberta Short, 32, lives in Cranston, a beautiful strawberry-blond married woman with two kids. She works part-time as a book-keeper. She found out about the hearing because of NOM's facebook page. I asked her why she was here. She told me, "I think Rhode Islanders have a right to vote on marriage. 113 people shouldn't redefine marriage for everyone in Rhode Island." I asked her if she had a chance how she would vote and she told me, "I would vote for traditional marriage because children need and deserve a mom and dad." Maggie in Providence Update [NOM Blog]

...who is motivated enough to have recently written talking point-laden letters to both the Rhode Island Catholic...

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[RI Catholic, 1/13/11]

...and the Cranston Herald:

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[Cranston Herald, 12/29/10]

Not denying that it all happened organically. Just an odd coincidence, that's all.

And in terms of Ms. Short's DADT words: More proof that for so many (most?) of these "traditional marriage" supporters, the agenda really goes much further than just this one "protect marriage" point.

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