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06/01/2011

NOM works to discredit 'born with' view / prove org's own in-born disingenuity

by Jeremy Hooper

FACT: The only reason why a group like the National Organization For Marriage would run blog posts like the following is if they wanted to call into question the innateness (and therefore the perceived righteousness) of homosexuality and the associated civil rights fight as if pertains to LGB equality:

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Because here's the thing: (A) This stat is part of a much larger Gallup poll which shows support for marriage equality (a.k.a. lack of support for NOM) an an all-time high, which would one would assume to be the logical focus for a group that was concerned only about the marriage component; and (B) save for one higher number around 2007 (when it was at 42%), the "born with" stat is actually at its HIGH point right now -- higher than it's been throughout most of Gallup's tracking history. In fact, in addressing this particular portion of its poll, Gallup specifically writes "Prior to 2001, Americans were more inclined to think being gay or lesbian was a product of one's environment." So if a group does want to focus on this "nature v/ nurture" element, then THAT is the finding here: That "born with" opinion is going one reliable way, in accordance with LGBT support in general (*and with the undecided/unanswered crowd seemingly tending more towards "born with" when they do proffer an answer). That NOM would focus on the idea that "born with" is supposedly flatlining (which they punctuate with an excited exclamation point)? Well, there is obviously an agenda attached to that effort. Period.

So here's why we mention it. Underneath the very blog post that we've screencapped above, the first commenter aptly called NOM out on this, yet another post that goes beyond their stated mission of marriage and into the realm of generalized anti-LGBTness. A comment that prompted Maggie Gallagher herself to push back like so:

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Uh huh, right. Except, Maggie, for the fact that NOM is not simply "citing" Gallup in accordance with the actual findings, but rather (and so obviously) using this data for one very certain purpose. A purpose that, as we conveyed above, doesn't at all mesh with Gallup's expressed reality! Because in truth, the poll does not pit Gallup against Gaga -- quite the opposite, it shows more support for that artist's title song than there even was at the time of her last album! And the poll doesn't show anything flatlining, except for maybe the beat of NOM's out-of-tune drum!

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