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04/11/2011

NOM's essentially a Catholic group: A continued study

by Jeremy Hooper

- CHARLES LIMANDRI was the National Organization for Marriage's general counsel during the Prop 8 fight. This was a time when Chuck was also creating homo-hostile Powerpoint presentations which linked to uber-disgraced researcher Paul Cameron to support anti-gay claims, wherein he even referred to "sodomy" as a "crime against nature." Also during his time serving NOM, LiMandri referred to marriage equality as "societal suicide" and "sacrilege," claiming that "the destruction of the concept of gender is perhaps Satan's greatest accomplishment." (*And there was much more over-the-top stuff on the record, revealed to us in an eight part video series. Unfortunately that YouTuber yanked them all).

- JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE is the current head of the Ruth Institute, an official NOM affiliate focused on rallying young adults to the "protect marriage" cause. J-Ro-Mo also blogged the Prop 8 federal trial and appeared on multiple bus tours with the NOM. If Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are #1 and #2 in terms of the public face of NOM, J-Ro-Mo is running a close 4 or 5.

So why bring these two up now? Well, because tonight LiMandri and Roback-Morse are teaming up to host a radio show. A catholic radio show on San Diego's Catholic station, KCEO AM:

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[Catholic Radio of San Diego]

Which is fine. They have the right to preach, advocate, and broadcast however they see fit.

But seriously, at this point, we have enough evidence of NOM's deep Catholic entrenchments to stretch from here to Vatican City (without even a hole-y, see?). And as they continue to engage in this fight for/against C*I*V*I*L MARRIAGE EQUALITY, the people who make up and sustain NOM need to own up to their deeply Catholic motivations. It is not a minor bullet point: It is the core reason why these folks are dedicating their lives to making us pause our own! Remember, Maggie has come right out and admitted that she sees both gays and their straight supporters as "committing several kinds of various serious sins":

Which, okay, whatever -- let Maggie say such things. Let Jen and Charles say such things. Let bBrian Brown say such things at his Legatus meetings. But not when advocating for constitutional rather than canonical law. The latter is a lifestyle choice that folks can or cannot choose. The fair application of the former should not up be up for unequal, faith-motivated debate.

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