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03/21/2012

Video: 19 Outspoken Activists And Counting

by Jeremy Hooper

Whenever the Duggar family would appear on the "Today" show to announce a new birth, and the anchor team would proceed to act like their announcement was a fun little kicker story that deserved national praise, I used to express annoyance. My argument was that the Duggars, part of the very far-right and anti-LGBT Quiverfull movement and a regular presence on the Family Research Council circuit, had an activist consciousness that was always overlooked by the on-set anchor team, but an activist consciousness that was not so easy for equality supports to dig. I had no problem with Ann Curry or Matt Lauer or whoever giving some time to the family -- I just wanted them to flesh out the picture a little further, the same way they would in similar situations.

But from this point forward, it's going to be quite difficult for morning shows to ignore the truth. Because this year, in a fervor to support Santorum, the family is going full-out conservative activist, directly knocking things like marriage equality:

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(H/t: Joe.My.God.)

Again, the family has every right to make nominating Santorum their cause célèbre, and to act as if the denigration of marriages like mine constitutes "defense" (remember, Santorum has vowed to *INVALIDATE* marriages like mine). But no one has a right to fluffy news coverage. The truth is that this family, nice as they may be, has a very strong and expressed activist agenda which manifests itself in many ways. They are not having dozens of kids simply because they love the smell of baby powder, and they are not engaged in the public eye simply because they worship at the altar of reality TV. There is more there, undeniably. It's fine to say as much.

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