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04/23/2012

Right on cue, Bob Emrich proves how far his (NOM-aligned) agenda truly goes

by Jeremy Hooper

Bob Emrich wants you to watch a video:

Screen Shot 2012-04-23 At 11.23.51 Am [Emrich's public Facebook wall]

Not just any video, either. Bob's backed video is a forty-eight minute clip that's all about opposing the gay "lifestyle," not just opposing marriage equality. The pastor, Mark Hartman, hits all of the usual fear targets, with the "perverse lifestyle" of homosexuality ultimately painted as a "struggle" and ""choice" from which gay people need to be "reserved." Watch as much of the full hour as you can/want:

No surprise to see Emrich pushing this kind of thing. As I noted several times during Emrich's work with the 2009 "Yes on One" campaign, Bob is a full blown supporter of scientifically-rejected "ex-gay" therapy. Here's a video I put together back then:

Right, so why do I bring all of this back into light today? Well, because this same Bob Emrich is once again entering into Maine's marriage fight, joining forces with the National Organization For Marriage to stop equality at the November polls:

Bob Emrich, says it will organize groups of different faiths as well as people with no faith traditions at all in opposition to the ballot initiative. Foes of same-sex marriage unite for Maine campaign‎ [AP via Morning Sentinel]

Once again we find NOM teaming with a person who makes no bones about wanting to "change" gay citizens. In this, a conversation that's supposedly about civil marriage equality, we have a leading figurehead who wants folks to offer a "Christian response" that quite literally seeks a gay-less world. That's not an overstatement. If "change" therapy is the ask, then it's only logical to think that a hetero-only Maine and America is the sought-after answer.

Look, I love my marriage and will never stop fighting to defend the same. But if you're going after the core of being with my spouse and myself, that transcends even the legal bond. It's time that everyone who looks at these issues (e.g. reporters, pundits, campaign workers, citizens, etc) to actually listen to what the opposition movement is saying. They presumably aren't talking just to hear themselves speak.

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