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05/24/2011

No, NOM: Jim Daly himself claimed it. But thanks for playing.

by Jeremy Hooper

Oh look, the National Organization For Marriage is again trying to marginalize the gay blogosphere for accurately assessing a situation:

The gay blogosphere has been trying to claim that Jim Daly of Focus on the Family has given up on protecting marriage. Today he makes clear he hasn't, and knows why... [NOM Blog]

"Trying to claim"? Uhm, no, you truth-adverse "marriage warriors." What we have shown -- as in printed Jim Daly's words verbatim -- is the Focus on the Family president's very own thoughts to World magazine in regards to the trends in same-sex marriage polling, to which Daly replied: "We've probably lost that." As in not winning. As in things don't look good for those Christians who want to oppose secular Jim-Dalysupport for equality. As in: Things don't look encouraging for NOM's sole cause of denying civil marriage equality for the unforeseeable future.

And then this site, which was the first in the gay blogosphere to bring the story outside of the Christian publication confines where it would've remained otherwise, took it all one step further, obtaining an exclusive comment from Focus on the Family. That followup comment only built on/extended Daly's earlier thoughts, with the claim that Daly has been saying this same thing for years. Followup that surprised this writer, frankly. And I still don't see how it's anything close to smart strategy to make comments that [a] suggest the Focus on the Family president has been rallying/fundraising for a civil cause that he recognizes is a losing battle, and [b] only help the equality side disconnect the religious from the civil (a key goal of ours). But hey, far be it for me to advise Focus on the Family.

Sure, Jim Daly opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds, something he reiterated today on FoxNews.com (the focus of NOM's blog post). But in terms of the politics, who the hell really cares what Mr. Daly, based on his own chosen faith, personally thinks about gay people's marriages?!?! What we are talking about is CIVIL marriage equality under the law. What NOM is fighting every day is CIVIL marriage equality under the law. So while it might temporarily satiate these frequent fibbers of fallaciousville to again act like those nutty gays are making such wackety smackety claims, there is absolutely no honest way that NOM can take any comfort in this, Jim Daly's verbatim statement:

"We're losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost that. I don't want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture."
-Jim Daly, speaking to World Magazine

And if NOM staffers do take comfort in this honest reflection on societal trends: Then that's perfectly fine too. We will gladly help them push their masochist embrace of inevitable loss.

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