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11/03/2011

Audio: Maggie Gallagher's single most instructive sentence

by Jeremy Hooper

If you know learn nothing else this year about Maggie Gallagher and her motivations for constantly beating the self-victimized drum that casts people who oppose equality as the ones who are being penalized by same-sex marriage, then at least learn this, her admitted motivation for doing so:

"Everyone else I know tries to get the opposition to concede that they're not bigots. I try to get them to admit that they think people who believe that [marriage is only man/wife] are bigots."


[SOURCE: Love and Fidelity Network]

That second sentence tells you everything you need to know about why Maggie can come across as so crass or uncaring to equality activists. She says it quite plainly here: While others have an interest in denying bigotry, her motivating interest is in getting equality activists to admit that they see her that way. She wants to attach that view as the one, prevailing view of the organized marriage movement, because she wants to position our fight as a mean-spirited one out to oppress people of faith. This is exactly why launches projects like her new pet "Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance": Because she wants to shift the burden on us, the ones who supposedly cannot push for our deserved peace without ascribing labels to those whose names we only know because they fight to deny the same.

I say don't give her the pleasure. If we stick to the merits of the equality fight, we win. And quite frankly, once we win: Who among us really cares what Maggie Gallagher thinks, feels, or NOMs about us, our rights, or our supposed motivations?

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