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10/12/2012

Audio: Maine's Carroll Conley likens gays' marriages, families to schools that promote suicide

by Jeremy Hooper

I wasn't sure which part of Carroll Conley's hour-long interview, from WMPG's "Watchdog Nation," I was going to snip for this post. At several points he equates homosexuality with things like lying and adultery, denies church/state separation, and makes his personal biblical case for civil discrimination. From my perspective, there are several pull quotes.

But as someone who both knows lots of LGBT-headed families and who is going about the process of starting my own, the Protect Marriage Maine head's usage of the flawed, far-right-shaped Regnerus study to liken LGBT-headed families to a school that fosters suicide really struck me in a deep, emotional way:

(*first voice is Eric Poulin, who hosts another show on the station)
FULL Interview [MCCS]

How dare he take a study that didn't even really study LGBT families that were brought in an brought up as a family unit and use it to compare our families to institutions that foster self-harm?! To me, this speaks right to the character and viewpoints that so sadly permeate the "protect marriage" movement. This movement's movers and shakes are so eager to "win" this conversation that they see no reason to shy away from denigrating comparisons like this one. This tells me that this is the kind of internal conversation they are having all of the time. I mean, seriously—if he goes on public airwaves and makes uch an offensive equation, can you imagine what they are saying about us behind the closed doors of the Protect Marriage Maine offices?!?

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