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05/29/2011

NOM's latest video: Working for the pro-equality side, whether they know it or not

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-05-29 At 9.04.57 AmFor the past few days, we've been meaning to get to NOM's latest video, yet another clip collection from the Ruben Diaz rally in the Bronx. But then we kept finding even more documents and audio clips exposing the Minnesota Family Council's overreaching war on gay "normalcy" (no matter how much they try to scrub them). And then we got busy with our efforts to win marriage equality in the Empire State. Plus both the New Jersey and the New York "Real Housewives" are back on the air -- who the hell can keep up with it all?

Fortunately, Equality Platform has a very insightful, largely spot on post about NOM's latest, less-than-pragmatic videography and their overall organizational drift towards the realm of generalized anti-LGBT antagonism. Go read in full:

I can hardly believe the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) posted this video…It’s the type of video I would expect a pro-LGBT watchdog group to post.
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Furthermore, the quotes include subtle word differences that highlight the real message behind NOM’s carefully crafted talking points.

I believe that this is an injustice against the American family. I believe this is an injustice against religion. I think that it’s a way of sweeping emotional health under the rug.

Translation: Gay families aren’t families. Gay people are emotionally unhealthy.

If you legalize marriage, they will use that legal leverage to teach the kids in the school something I don’t want my kids to be taught.

Translation: Gay people are targeting our children, trying to teach them ‘something’ that is inappropriate.

Remember the nature of ourself. We are mens. We need a woman to make a child, to create a family.

Translation: Gay people are unnatural. Gay families aren’t families.
KEEP READING
: NOM Video Highlights Bigotry [Equality Platform]

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*NOTE: Yes, that is Yehuda Levin in the screen cap. Yes, the same guy who caught national attention for getting NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino to publicly declare that he didn't want children "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option." And the guy who has put some of the most hostile anti-LGBT rhetoric imaginable on the record. More on Levin's work can be found here.

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*EARLIER: Here's a roundup of our own video clips from the incredibly incendiary Bronx rally, contrasted with NOM's carefully-edited version: Video: NOM's carefully edited Bronx rally [G-A-Y]

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