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03/12/2011

NOM's race chatter is obvious and disturbing. In Maryland it hit a new high/low

by Jeremy Hooper

In the National Organization for Marriage's post-Maryland-vote press release, president Brian Brown outrageously accuses Republican equality supporter Sen. Allan Kittleman of "implying that his fellow Republicans are the moral equivalent of racists for upholding marriage as the union of husband and wife." Then, two sentences later, chair Maggie Gallagher says this:

"Delegate Emmett Burns told the press he was called the N-word for failing to vote the way white urban liberals wanted him to vote. The courage of these Democrats is extraordinary and very inspiring to those of us in the forefront of the battle to protect marriage," said Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of NOM.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE CONGRATULATES MARYLAND LEGISLATURE FOR DEFENDING MARRIAGE [NOM]

Okay. So let's unpack this truly nasty, purposely divisive race card that Maggie and Brian keep exploiting for selfish, hurtful gain.

First component: With no basis whatsoever, Brian makes this Kittleman accusation. In truth, Sen. Kittleman has been nothing by respectful in his comments on marriage equality and why he supports it. In his official statement on the matter, he was sure to "respect the fact that people have differing opinions on this issue." He simply holds a personal belief that civil marriage is something that should be afforded to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. Regardless of personal religious belief.

Then moving on to Maggie and Del. Burns: Look at what she is so disgustingly doing her. Not only is Ms. Faux Victimization echoing Del. Burns' truly myopic sentiments that falsely pit one form of harassment/hassling against another, but Maggie takes it one step further, throwing in her old "white urban liberal" lines. The exact same line she used against then-AG, now-Governor Jerry Brown when she was trying to divide along race lines in the days post Prop 8. Maggie knows that marriage finds strong support in communities that are neither white nor urban nor liberal -- she just doesn't care. She and Brian are far more concerned with dividing and conquering than accuracy or unity. More concerned with spinning false, cover-providing narratives than focusing on the merits of equal protection under the constitution.

It's gross. And it's way past time for people to call them out on it.

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*Let's not forget Maggie's nasty Indian American accusation

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*They've even worked these canards in places like NY, where the African-American caucus was far and away pro-equality.

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