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11/01/2012

NOM's latest bit of anti-intellectualism: Vote doesn't go your way = 'DEFAMATION'

by Jeremy Hooper

After Sara Rowe went public in her local paper to say that her union's vote to support equality was some sort of slap in her face, that local affiliate's ten-year president, Erik Simonson, went forward in the same paper (Duluth News-Tribune) to shed the light of truth on the fabrications that are so de riguer among marriage inequality advocates. Simonson wrote, in part:

Our meetings are run under Atwood’s Rules of Order. All members are encouraged to bring forward issues, ideas, concerns and suggestions. If a valid motion is put before the membership, I have been adamant that any who wish to speak in favor or against get their opportunity. At the close of civil debate, a vote is taken, and the majority decides the outcome. It is the responsibility of all members to respect this decision, even though they may have been in opposition. We do not tolerate any personal attacks nor do we condone any similar activity during or outside the meeting.

Our membership has debated many sensitive issues over the years, and there have been some that may be considered controversial. We have dealt with them in a consistent and fair manner, excluding no one and respecting the process. For anyone to suggest otherwise is an unfortunate and misleading message to publicize.

Reader’s View: All have their say in firefighters union debates [Duluth News-Tribune via MN Labor]

"Unfortunate and misleading message to publicize"? Why that's NOM's calling card, don't cha know?

So just to break this down: Ms. Rowe experienced a vote that went against her wishes and then proceeded to write a public letter voicing her faith-based frustrations. That's it. She got to say her piece and so did her pro-equality colleagues. The Minnesota marriage amendment is still on the ballot and could still pass next week (by majority vote, ironically enough), ripping peace of mind from countless many while changing nothing about her own life no matter the outcome.

And yet somehow Mr. Rowe is a victim!? She was This one's beyond absurd, even for NOM!

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*Like virtually everyone at NOM, Ms. Rowe is a devout Catholic.

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