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10/23/2012

Maryland Marriage Alliance says video was 'out of context'; because that's what they always claim

by Jeremy Hooper

The scoop that I brought you yesterday morning is starting to get mainstream media attention, and Maryland Marriage Alliance is spinning like *MAD*:

Deana Bass, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said Anderson’s comments were being taken out of context and that they were in no way a suggestion that gays and lesbians should be harmed.

“What he was saying was that men and women of faith should stand up for what they believe in and vote against Question 6,” Bass said.

Any attempt to paint McCoy or the alliance as a group that believes gays should be harmed was a distraction, Bass said. The real issue was that people who were expressing their faith were under attack and being called bigots, she said.

Same-sex marriage supporters blast ‘worthy of death’ comment [Gazette]

Out of context. Of course. Always. Even though when I broke the story, I posted both parts of the panel in full so that anyone could watch the full two hours, and even wrote several other stories based on other elements of the panel (e.g. the fact that it included a professional "ex-gay"; that they debuted a new ad featuring Michelle Obama; etc). As per usual, the opposition thinks they can just paint people like me as truth-twisters.

So just to remind you of what was said and how heartily the MMA's own executive director, Derek McCoy, laughed at it:

Seems pretty clear to me. The "wrong side of eternity" seems pretty direct. But okay, kids. We're de-contextualizing you. Sure. Whatever you say. Uh huh.

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**UPDATE: In another telling turn, MMA turned off the embedding capabilities on the initial videos. But don't worry—I'll have backups up ASAP.

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