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03/10/2012

Days and Slights: This Week in NOM (Mar. 4 - Mar. 10)

Dear NOM Watcher, Every week, when I look back at what I and National Org. for Marriage staffers wrote during the prior seven days so that I can bring you this wrap, I try to see if any themes come...

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03/09/2012

MN's Campaign Finance Board, in possession of rules for a reason, to examine why some don't seem to care

At this point, we need to just make a form letter. Something like: NOM is under scrutiny for [somehow acting shade with disclosure laws] during [some marriage campaign] in [some state] during [some year]. While I create such a form,...

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Today on 'The Rosie Show': an Oral scion, a Phelps escapee, and -- confetti?

The Rosie Show [OWN] **And now, some video from this very "culture war"-themed episode:

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Times change; neither Focus on the Family nor gays ever will

When you hear Focus on the Family talking about the "newer", "softer, "younger" (BIGGER! FASTER! STRONGER) approach that they've supposedly been taking in the days post-Dobson, don't buy any of it. This is their just-updated list of "homosexuality resources," all...

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NOM EXPOSED: There’s now no denying it: NOM wants NY supporters to see gays as disgusting, filthy, degraded

Please go look at this and then spread, spread, and spread it some more: There’s now no denying it: NOM wants NY supporters to see gays as disgusting, filthy, degraded [NOM EXPOSED]

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Video: Roland Martin hosts good MD marriage debate (really)

He's certainly raised some eyebrows this winter. But I have to say, Roland Martin does host a good debate on Maryland marriage equality and its civil vs. religious distinction: What I love about this clip is how Rev. Coates quite...

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This year, Day of Dialogue will strike first; that's good for us!

Historically, the anti-LGBT/pro-"ex-gay" Day of Dialogue (which used to be called the Day of Truth) comes the day after the pro-LGBT/anti-bullying Day of Silence. But this year, there's a switch. In 2012, the negative effort will come to America's public...

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Teen? Homeschooled? Indoctrinated to believe some citizens are unequal? CWA has a contest for you!

Such strict, constraining requirements. Oh, and the essay rules are pretty confining too.

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Video: Santorum's media team manages to find one person able to *up* campaign's anti-LGBT credentials

Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association's Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy, has pushed the dangerous myth that HIV doesn't cause AIDS. He's also the guy who said "Homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews"....

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As equality grows, so too will Brian Brown's hyperbole

From Brian Brown's weekly NOM newsletter comes this, an ad hominem strike at the "audacity" and "meanness" of gay people's supposedly "strange new god": What gay-marriage advocates are now doing is trying to make gay marriage into a "sacred value,"...

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03/08/2012

Ron 'gays are worse than maggots' Baity to lead another @Vote4MarriageNC campaign rally

On April 20, Ron Baity and his Return America group will host yet another marriage rally in support of North Carolina's Vote For Marriage NC campaign: This Ron Baity: The one who says gays are worse than maggots: Not only...

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Limiting junk food isn't like pushing junk science (and other obvious truths Michael Brown pretends to not understand)

In a clumsy, responsibility-shirking article where he parlays a Tweet from Roseanne Barr into a commentary on what does and not cause LGBT kids to try and/or complete suicide, Michael "gay activists are complicit in the murder of Larry King"...

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Opposite-of-congrats, Thomasson, Dean, Harvey, et al.

Randy Thomasson's Save California Linda Harvey's Mission:America Eugene Delgaudio's Public Advocate Bradlee Dean's You Can Run But You Can't Hide Those are just some of the groups that have been added to the Southern Poverty's anti-gay "hate groups" list, which...

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FYI, FPI: There are only negatives attached to your planned WA vote

I just want to correct the Family Policy Institute of Washington (self-declared) on something. In a post entitled 'Keep the streak alive," FPIW says of the potentially marriage-banning referendum they are pushing on the state: If we are successful, it...

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Today in NC: @Vote4MarriageNC rallies the 'gay men lodge cellphones in their anuses' vote

Patrick Wooden is most known for this: [SOURCE: RightWingWatch] Oh, and there's also this: [SOURCE: RightWingWatch] "Spinx"-ter? Yeah? That's the pronunciation you're going with? Anyway: This same Patrick Wooden is the senior pastor at North Raleigh's Upper Room Church of...

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Sprigg criti-tweets 'enormously sad' political opposition; I see his tweet, raise him an 'export' and criminalization claim

Couldn't help but notice this retweet from Family Research Council Senior Fellow (and Maryland Marriage Alliance member) Peter Sprigg: You know, ass opposed to Peter's truly remarkable and unfortunately common way of dealing with his political opposition: By suggesting that...

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Video games change kids; which is why, if you'll excuse me, I must go street fight Chun-Li

David Caton of the Florida Family Associated is very worried that inclusive content in a Star Wars video game is going to warp the port little minds of America's children: "We're very, very obviously concerned about adding homosexual content to...

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Hey anti-equality folks: The Bradley Effect isn't a *good* thing

Lately, I've noticed a new talking point growing in favor among the anti-equality types. Basically, they are starting to claim, more and more, that all of our polling on marriage equality is skewed because people will tell pollsters one thing...

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03/07/2012

Video: NOM's latest logic: Not extending a college job = defamation

NOM threw all kinds of money at Tom Emmer, in hopes of electing him Governor of Minnesota. Now the org is throwing a camera at Tom Emmer, in hopes of making him Chief Martyr instead: Fully fleshed out accounts paint...

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Video: HRC banks wins, frequent flyer miles

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Partially tax-subsidized NYC projects contract with NOM's marketing consultant

As a New York City resident, I have a heightened interest in both the Central Park Conservancy (a private nonprofit with a city contract) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (a nonprofit corp that relies on both private...

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NOM, still ill that gays weren't one of 'Bridesmaids' big obstacles, declares war on Hollywood

The National Organization For Marriage is continuing to position marriage equality for same-sex couples as some sort of "elite" concept that only Hollywood liberals support. And because using a literal hamfist to demonstrate their rhetorical clumsiness would've been too broad,...

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'Smash'ingly nonchalant: NBC shows sexual will, handles with grace

Something kind of cool happened on network TV this week. And the fact that you, someone who cares about LGBT matters, may not have even heard about it? Well that says something pretty big about where we are. It looked...

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Video: ♫ Omaha, somewhere in middle America -- get right to the heart of matters

I've been meaning to post this video for a while now. Some really strong, ably stated points about workplace inequality and one American city that's attempting to do something about it: **Headline reference (for the less '90s-influenced):

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We the papal: Lobby-ishops embracing fifty state strategy, apparently

It's not enough for Catholic figures to weigh in on the CIVIL marriage debates in their own states. The Family Leader has just posted three different letters, from three different out-of-state Catholic Dioceses, all calling on the Iowa state legislature...

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WV 'family' guy: Gay kids attempt suicide because of 'homosexual agenda'

Kevin McCoy from the West Virginia Family Foundation: [SOURCE: Tom Roten Morning Show (via WV Family)] Yeah? That's where the buck stops, Mr. McCoy: with those trying to make life easier for LGBT kids? Really? That's what you're going with...

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03/06/2012

Suffering for his sins: MN Archbishop frames h'sexuality as a burden or illness

The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, doesn't want to foster discrimination against gay people. No, no -- he just wants to tell Minnesotans that gays "suffer" with "same-sex attraction" and hope that sort of stigmatization will play...

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Video: MN For Marriage's most misleading video yet

First watch this two minutes of ridiculous spin while I prepare to destroy it with actual facts about Kalley Yanta's supposed "facts": Ready? Okay, here we go… (1) The innocuous sounding Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy is not...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM is a highly partisan conservative group: Example #456,242

NOM EXPOSED: NOM is a highly partisan conservative group: Example #456,242 [NOM Exposed]

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Must read: Lobbyist/preacher Tony Perkins leads NC sermon/campaign rally

Matt Comer has a thorough and immensely useful account of Tony Perkins' weekend appearance at Charlotte, North Carolina's First Baptist Church, where the Family Research Council president used his fight against "Satan" and people "who are bound up in lifestyle...

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NH repeal bill sponsor hopes to halt 'affirmation' for the 'homosexual lifestyle'

The National Organization For Marriage has a full ad campaign positioning their championed New Hampshire repeal bill, which would revert the state from its current marriage equality back to some sort of civil unions setup, as nothing more than a...

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Vote For Marriage NC: The most nakedly faith-based 'protect marriage' campaign of all time?

This tweet from the campaign that's trying to halt CIVIL marriage equality in North Carolina: Usually, as we near ballot time, these campaigns back off the all God, all the time talk. But not Vote For Marriage NC. Even though...

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Brian Brown's unchanging message: Use 'ex-gay' programs to 'prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life'

NOM is currently on quest to tell America that President Brian Brown's rhetoric is solid and unchanging: "Our messaging hasn't changed because it's based on truth and reality," said Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. "It's...

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Hey Kirk: Dish the dangerous rhetoric, deal with the growing pains!

I'm so tired of this kind of response: "[Kirk] Cameron is thankful for the thousands of emails and comments that he's received from those who value the freedom to express one's beliefs," the actor's rep said in an e-mail statement....

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03/05/2012

NOM incites godly stoning; we'd have to *be* stoned to see NOM as anything other than religious org.

And now the National Organization For Marriage will continue to rid us of any notion that their advocacy is or ever was about anything other than their own biblical beliefs: Political leaders, business leaders, and even a few religious leaders...

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Video: 'Rude' lamestream media elite accurately notes (tiny portion) of Bachmann's judgmental record

Michele Bachmann is a staunch "ex-gay" advocate who once said that homosexuality constitutes "sexual anarchy." She also once likened the same-sex marriage "attack" to the Pearl Harbor tragedy. Oh, and she's said homosexuality is part of Satan, I think:" But...

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Bird/Feather 2012: Sally endorses Santorum

Sally "homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism" Kern is among the fourteen Oklahoma lawmakers who have endorsed Rick Santorum for President: Oklahoma Conservative Legislators Endorse Santorum for President [RickSantorum.com] Whoo, that was a close one! Would've hated for Santorum to...

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'Bigot': The less we use it, the more they claim it

Regular G-A-Y readers know that I never use words like "bigot," preferring to instead focus on concrete advocacy rather than whatever might be motivation the action. In fact, in over six years of this site and a gagillion words spilled...

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The other side's work is rarely limited to marriage; coverage of their work shouldn't be either

There are few people in America who are more pro-marriage-equality than I am. Not just politically, but personally. I seize any and every opportunity to have the conversation, even when it might be a difficult one, proudly stating the facts...

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For @vote4marriageNC, Sunday church service = tour stop

Check out this tweet from the campaign that's trying to put a CIVIL marriage equality ban into North Carolina's constitution: Okay, so FBC = First Baptist Church. The above pic is from the 10:30, main service of one of Charlotte's...

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Maggie Gallagher sees us as sinners: The driving view that gets way too much of a pass

If you've ever questioned whether or not Maggie Gallagher's public advocacy against CIVIL marriage equality is really driven in largest part by her personally Catholic regard for "sin," check out the following little quip that M.G. posted to National Review...

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In struggle to avoid the word 'hot', Peter LaBarbera misuses a number of other descriptors instead

From Americans For "Truth": Unfortunately for Pete, adjectives don't equal merit. Hyperbole doesn't replace reality.

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03/04/2012

ARCHIVED: '8' The Play

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