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05/24/2011

NOM raises questions over ABC News experiment; raises more question about own organization

by Jeremy Hooper

In response to this much-circulated video wherein ABC News explores how everyday patrons of a Texas diner might react if confronted with a waitress' cruel homo-hostility...


ABC News [YT]

...the National Organization For Marriage writes the following:

We can expect a lot more of this from the MSM. Let's note first of all that the behavior of the "waitress" in this setup up is outrageous.

No boss, and no customers would tolerate it. Not even in the "conservative" towns of Texas. Good news for American common sense.

The insidious propaganda point from ABC News is the suggestion that millions of good Americans who believe marriage means a man and a woman because children ought to have moms and dads, would or are behaving like this. Shame on ABC.

Be prepared for lot more prejudiced stereotyping of decent and honorable Americans down the road by powerful elites.

ABC News Propaganda: People who Think Children Need Moms and Dads are Intolerant Bigots Who Accost Families in Restaurants [NOM Blog]

Uhm, not sure when, exactly, Brian Brown or Maggie Gallagher walked in the shoes of a gay person. But as someone who grew up in very rural Tennessee and attended college (and came out) in slightly-less-rural Tennessee, let me tell you: This stuff. Does happen. Still. In America. Of the 21st century.

NOM is quite obtusely taking a "best case scenario" position. And yes, in that best case, a server like this would be heard and reprimanded instantly. But the world is not a series of best cases. There are anti-gay business owners. There are employees who largely self-police their own on-job behaviors, and who choose to use this freedom to show their disgust towards certain kind of people. So that's what ABC is exploring: If and when this happens, how will the everyday Joe and Jane react to it? Even if this kind of behavior is not the rule (and thankfully I don't think it is, writ large), ABC News wants to see how customers might react to the theoretical scenario. Because it's a not absent possibility for an America that still has a quite obvious problem dealing with LGBT normalcy.

The real question: Why does NOM feel intimidated by this? Because it's not even marriage we're talking about here, as TX doesn't offer or recognize same-sex marriages (or any kind of legal partnerships, for that matter). The topic in question here is the average lesbian-headed family eating out at a local diner and the unjust behavior directed towards the same. Doesn't NOM want to join us in opposing that kind of behavior, no matter how prevalent or rare it may be? Because this writer would gladly stand up for Maggie Gallagher if her personal privacy and general welfare was being violated in a similar way.

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