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05/02/2011

'Little popular support in RI,' says Maggie; 'Stop stealing my gig,' says Pinocchio

by Jeremy Hooper

All credible polling shows a majority of Rhode Islanders supporting marriage equality over marital bias, with some polls putting the pro-fairness margin at as high as 59%. But when has National Organization For Marriage chair Maggie Gallagher ever let a thing like data interfere with a preconceived script?

“It’s the bluest of the blue states,” [Maggie Gallagher] said. “And their inability to pass gay marriage in Rhode Island — coming on the heels of their defeat in another deep blue state, Maryland — is a sign of how little popular support there is for gay marriage.”
Rhode Island House Speaker Pushes Civil Unions, Gay Activists Revolt [Focus on the Family CitizenLink]

It's outrageous that she says such nonsense, fact be damned. In this case: Even NOM's own 2009 poll (which, we know how those go) only put opposition at a lowly 43%, with support at 36% at a very high 19% in the don't know or undecided columns. So think about that: A 7% difference, in a right-ring-commissioned poll, two years ago, with 19% up for grabs? Uhm, that's a sign of little popular support, even after put through the NOM spin machine!?! Uhm, I'm gonna go with a big ol' no!

And again: When a RI poll is NOT put through the NOM spin machine, it always breaks in favor of equality. Always.

So why does Maggie continue to say such things. Well, ask yourself a few questions: Does she still have employment? Still collect a paycheck? Still earn invites to speak before House committees? Still have a syndicated column and prominent slot with National Review? Still make lots of money on the speaking circuit? Still work for the side that's already declared itself the possessors of the moral high ground, no matter what? Still write "point/counterpoint" books with people from our side? Still profit in every way off of our denied rights? Still do all this while getting a HUUUUUUUUUUGE pass from the American mainstream media, where she still maintains prominent pundit slots (see this past weekend's New York Times, for one)?

Once you consider the answers to those questions and more, the one question one has to consider: Why the hell should she stop?

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