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Audio: WA 'values' speaker invokes man/boy, church/state lies

by Jeremy Hooper

Today in Washington state, longtime anti-gay lobbyist Bob Higley warned of the slippery slope between marriage equality and NAMBLA, as well as blatantly lies about Hawaiian churches' supposed burdens. Enjoy:

The NAMBLA thing? I'm not even going to acknowledge that. It's old school animus that even hostile groups like the Family Research Counsel no longer use. The desperate employment of that fear card in 2012 speaks more to the other side's desperation that it does to anything else.

But the claim that Hawaiian churches are forced to hold weddings or be penalized? FLAT-OUT LIE! What he's referring to is the far-right's attempt to trip up the state's civil unions law with a suit in which two churches claimed they would be forced to hold same-sex ceremonies on their property. A District Court judge dismissed the suit, seeing it for the meritless political game that it was. In fact, the whole thing was so far-fetched, one of the only places you can even find mention of it is on the American Family Association's One News Now site.

But hey, why should our "values" opposition care about facts. After all, they have a minority population to reduce to religion-hating child predators. With that full agenda, who has time to actually listen to gay people?

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