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02/09/2012

Audio: Frisch, Oppenheimer seek out the Rational Organization of Maggie

by Jeremy Hooper

The "Making of Gay Marriage's Top Foe" article is really strong and detailed, but it's certainly not a period on a subject who has done so much harm to the equality cause. Today, Karl Frisch kept the Maggie Gallagher conversation going with the journalist behind the piece, Mark Oppenheimer:


Karl discusses the making of marriage equality’s top foe with Salon's Oppenheimer by karlfrisch

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*EARLIER: The Maggie article and some response I gave to it.

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*ALSO: I opined on the possible roots of Maggie's advocacy back in 2010: Maggie's advocacy: A 28-year fear of 'be back in thirty minutes'? [G-A-Y]

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*One more note: While it's true that her LGBT activism did not begin in earnest until around '03, she wrote negatively of homosexuality on multiple occasions prior to that time. From her syndicated column:

5/14/2001, Maggie used Dr. Robert Spitzer's study in a way that goes against his own wishes and findings: "I believe there is rather powerful evidence that human beings are a two-sex species, designed for sexual rather than asexual reproduction. If this is true, then the absence of desire for the opposite sex represents, at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility. Human beings seeking help in overcoming sexual dysfunctions deserve our respect and support (and may I mention, President Bush, more research dollars?)." [Source]

3/20/2000, Maggie defended Dr. Laura: "In a simple biological framework abstracted from all religion and morality, homosexuality is like infertility. It is a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species." [Source]

She also dedicated an entire 1996 column to positioning DOMA as a "timid" approach to same-sex marriage. So no, it's not like she only activated this portion of her brain when the Massachusetts decision came down.

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