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02/04/2012

Days and Slights: This Week in NOM (Jan. 29 - Feb. 4)

Dear NOM Watcher, After years of peeping this whole "culture war" circus, I can honestly say I've never seen a more active time in the marriage equality fight than right now. It seems that every day there is a new...

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02/03/2012

NOM's clumsy heavy hand finds its next 'they'

This is the graphic NOM is pushing in the organization's latest e-blast: [SOURCE] The subject is Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley, who used the word "coward" in reference to those who put politics before principle in last year's state marriage...

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Video: 'Ex-gay' seminar, un-closeted

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at a particularly fringe "ex-gay" therapy workshop? No? Not at all? Not even a little bit? You'd rather sit on a lumpy sofa in pajamas made of hair while watching episodes...

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ME's most 'marriage protect-y' Bishop out to alter more than just rights

During 2009's "Yes on One" effort in Maine, I went to great lengths to show how much campaign co-head (and current FRC employee) Bob Emrich supported so-called "ex-gay" therapy. So I have to say, I'm both thrilled and shocked here...

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The Stand For Marriage Washington team: Whose more obvious animus will get cold shoulder?

According to the Washington Conservative Coalition, this is the (highly GOP) assortment that's coming together to put marriage on the Evergreen State's ballot: [Stand For Marriage Washington] What will be interesting to see is how many of these players get...

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AFA still attacking Ellen, still showing ugly 'culture war' truth

The anti-LGBT far-right is of course known for nasty attacks that make mountains out of 'mo heals. But with the latest war against J.C. Penney for doing nothing more than hiring beloved talk show host and Disney fish Ellen Degeneres...

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02/02/2012

Equality advances in NJ; hopes Gov. Christie won't stay stagnant

By a vote of 5-2, New Jersey's Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced the marriage equality bill. So with that, we're now on to to the full Senate and the full House. Will we have the votes in both chambers? Will Gov....

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Audio: 'There are more ex-gays than gays -- that's just a fact'

It seems our opposition is no longer content with just inflating the nanoscale number of humans who call themselves "ex-gay." In fact, at today's NJ Assembly hearing on marriage, a minister seriously swore, as fact, that there are more "ex-gays"...

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Audio: 'I am a newly married Catholic whose straight wedding…was deeply affected by…tragic inequalities'

Jennifer Ehrentraut-Segro, cousin of the late Tyler Clementi, connects the dots between marriage, acceptance, love, and life. Get a hanky: [SOURCE: NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee Hearing on Marriage]

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The curious case of Anoka-Hennepin: 'Rolling Stone' takes a look

LGBT "culture war" watchers like myself know all about Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District, the rash of suicides that have taken place there over the past few years, and the aggressive campaign that people like the Minnesota Family Council's Barb Anderson...

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Ruling: Prop 8 trial watch parties to remain creative or boring

Those of us who want to know what went down in Judge Vaughn Walker's court are going to have to confine our curiosities to transcripts and staged readings. The 9th Circuit has chosen to keep the tapes themselves under seal:...

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Audio: How Not to Testify at a Hearing, with Greg Quinlan

In his testimony this afternoon before the NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee, professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan demonstrated (at least) two things. [1] That it's probably best to not got apeshit angry right before you intend to make a persuasive case, especially...

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Audio: 'The Help' as role model for -- discrimination?!

Openly gay Tate Taylor both directed and wrote the screenplay for The Help, adapting and shaping best friend Kathryn Stockett's words for the screen. Openly gay designer Nate Berkus was one of the film's producers. Several key cast members are...

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Coalescing behind Respect: 50+ groups sick of unconstitutional injustice

United they stand to make DOMA fall: Today, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign announced the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a coalition made up of over 50 diverse groups whose mission is to advance the Respect for Marriage...

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The [far-right, religious conservative] case for marriage (*in faux Libertarian drag)

This winter in the world of the National Organization for Marriage, one big theme continues to emerge. That is: The idea that Libertarians are confused about their views on the matter of marriage and its civil recognition. NOM, working under...

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02/01/2012

Tonight: Washington Senate will hopefully make history #WA4m (UPDATE: IT PASSED!!)

There's a super important vote going down tonight in the Washington state Senate. If the marriage bill overcomes the legislative hurdle in that chamber, it's expected to pass the House. So this is really the big vote to determine if...

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NOM EXPOSED: NOM lies about Navy letter; replaces 'can' with 'must'

In a new action alert that actually has more to do with military protocol than it does with their cause of marriage, NOM chooses to tell one whopper of a lie. The writer (credited as Brian Brown) says: KEEP READING:...

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Amazon kindles gay goodwill

Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Nike. Now this: Amazon Supports Gay Marriage! [J.M.G.] Oh, and insider tip from an already-married gay: They do wedding registries!

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Austin Nimocks like a kid at Xmas; sadly, it's NH rights he wants to unwrap

That they continue to "culture war" against us is bad enough. But it never ceases to shock or amaze me to learn of just how excited our organized opponents get when thinking about robbing us of rights: "Republicans in New...

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Video: 'There's some sickness going on': The 'loving' voice of Maryland 'marriage protection'

Charles Lollar from something called the New Day Maryland PAC, speaking at Monday's anti-equality rally in Annapolis: [OpDitch:YT] I can honestly say I've never stood up and cheered for my neighbor to have a tougher shake at life, liberty, or...

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Video: MD priest calls us radical, reckless

Ya know, because standing in a crowd stirring up faith-based animus against a minority population's civil rights is so grounded, tolerant, and careful: [CatholicReview: YT]

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Reinstating Minnesota For Marriage's forcibly stripped context

About fifty seconds into the latest "Marriage Minute" video, Minnesota For Marriage's Kalley Yanta proudly declares that the U.S. Supreme Court has found marriage to be "fundamental to the very existence and survival of the [human] race: So since Minnesota...

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NOM's war on public disclosure: Minnesota For Marriage edition

This just in, via HRC: HRC Urges Minnesota Election Board to Investigate Anti-Gay Group On heels of Maine decision, MN campaign filings released today show National Organization for Marriage boldly ignoring state law by hiding individual donors WASHINGTON – The...

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Today in American 'values': OK Rep. misplaces punching bag, turns to Nat'l Guard instead

Oklahoma state representative Mike Reynolds (R-Obviously) misses the military's gay ban so, so much that he's now using his legislative muscle to reclaim some minor form of it. The lawmaker is seriously dedicating his time and capital to pushing through...

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Balt. Sun's Rodricks smacks down Peter 'let's outlaw gay behavior' Sprigg

Had activists and bloggers not kept it in focus, the infamous MSNBC hit where Family Research Council Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg called for the criminalization of gay "behavior" probably would've fallen into obscurity. So it's to our credit that we've...

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'It is so quiet now. You were really talented; it was a gift.' -James Clementi

Go, read, now: When 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, he became an overnight symbol of the fight against cyber-bullying and homophobia. Here, his older brother reclaims his memory from the...

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Stephen Bennett's new lifestyle choice: Coming to a web near you

After a long denial, professional "ex-gay" Stephen Bennett is about to come out again -- with a new video series: Controversial? Polarizing? An "issue"? All of this mislabeling is because people like Stephen have built careers around muddying the waters...

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Video: The Sanctity of -- GINGRICH?!

Molotov Mitchell has said heinous things about LGBT people, to name just one group. But I'm actually going to give him sincere props on this, his willingness to break from the pack (super pack?) and call out his fellow "pro-family"...

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Maine: The most suspect of NOM's pro-smokescreen pushes

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices will have to take additional steps before disclosure becomes mandatory. Plus NOM has vowed to continue to appeal this thing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But still, it's...

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Video: Maryland AG says equality is 'moral imperative and a logical, historical inevitability'

From yesterday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing, here's Maryland's Attorney General, Doug Gansler (D), making the right and fair case:

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01/31/2012

NOM warns Iowans about out-of-state special interests; Iowans should warn NOM about mirrors

NOM is a special interest group based in D.C., with no ties to Iowa. NOM is a special interest group that joined with other special interests groups to inject politics into the state's 2010 judicial retention vote. NOM is a...

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NJ Governors 1974-2010 support marriage equality; He's such a fresh voice, that Christie!

An impressive stat from a unique: All six of the living former governors of New Jersey support marriage equality. All Former NJ Govs Support Marriage [J.M.G.] It's the rare instance where we equality activists wouldn't mind a time machine that...

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Protecting Maryland Marriage with Minister Leroy Swailes

Just listen:

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Brian Raum's shocking terrible testimony #MDSSM

Alliance Defense Fund attorney Brian Raum once wrote that "people engaged in homosexual conduct" bring physical and mental harms upon themselves because of "the path they are traveling down." He added: "we tell them 'it gets better' when, in fact,...

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Audio: MD Catholic Conf. head asks, refutes rhetorical civil unions question

At today's Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on marriage equality, Mary Ellen Russell, Exec. Director of the state Catholic Conference, made a point of asking, "Why can't we have civil unions?" in order to make our side look like...

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Supposed #MDSSM expert Peter Sprigg: 'No one was born gay'

Sitting in the Senate hearing waiting for his chance to testify against marriage equality, the Family Research Council's Peter "I'd prefer to export or criminalize homosexuals" Sprigg has determined himself to be above all credible science: Be sure to look...

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USA Net to fight discrimination -- with man who framed gays as anti-'The Lord's side'?!?!

As part of its annual "Characters Unite" campaign against discrimination, the USA Network plans to feature former pro football coach and current NBC Analyst Tony Dungy. In fact, in the press release that just hit my inbox, Dungy gets top...

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Video: NH Gov vs. reprehensible repeal

New Hampshire's Gov. Lynch (D) again vows to veto the mean-spirited marriage repeal that NOM and cohorts are pushing through the state legislature. Igor Volsky brings us the video: New Hampshire Governor Pledges To Veto Repeal Of Same-Sex Marriage In...

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Pastor predicts all Christians will boycott Starbucks; underestimates Caramel Macchiato's allure

The National Organization for Marriage is on the verge of boycott. Now they get some company in the form of Pastor Steven Andrew: SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- What if Starbucks lost 80% of its customers?...

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Liberty Counsel again pushes sham science group; as Jesus would, of course

The American College of Pediatricians is a tiny, ideologically-driven splinter organization that was created by the far-right and given a purposely innocuous name for the sole purpose of confusing the credible data put out by the 60,000+ member American Academy...

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Minn. For Marriage: It's about church -- they state it!

On its organizational website, Minnesota For Marriage calls this one of their "generic" website badges: [Minn For Marriage Downloads] A message that might be generic for those who have completely given themselves over to the notion that the civil marriage...

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Video: Keeping focus on David Kato, Africa, the rights of gay babies, peace

In the year since anti-LGBT Ugandans, stoked on by fears exported from the United States, brought the country's deep and demonstrable hostilities to frightening new light, the conversation about that nation, its proposed "Kill The Gays" bill, and the general...

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01/30/2012

NOM threatens Starbucks; my afternoon pick-me-up suddenly upgraded to Venti

On April 27th, 2011, the National Organization For Marriage told supporters to "Buy a chicken sandwich, and thank the manager for the company's support of traditional family values." This, along with several other posts on the subject, came after this...

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How's David Tyree enduring the 'anarchy'? 'USA Today' catches us up

If I could choose one single lightbulb moment to impart on those who engage in the public against LGBT rights, it might just be the realization that freedom of speech does not mean a freedom from criticism that'd I'd instill...

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Pastor who linked gays to viruses, Satan, and 9/11 now himself linked to Mitt Romney

The thing with even "moderates" like Mitt Romney is that the GOP is still so beholden to the far-right social conservatives, there's simply no way for equality activists to disconnect what might seem like the more tempered views of the...

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CPAC 2012: Phyllis, Maggie, and a GOP that just can't let it go

With sponsors like NOM and the Family Research Council on hand, as well as Newt Gingrich's proud and prominent man-crush on Reagan, there will surely be much more unofficial talk. But as of now, these are the two LGBT-centric sessions...

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Deride vs. override: NH's divisive, hurtful error will come down to veto vote

The key question in New Hampshire is not so much if the Republicans have the numbers to pass a mean-spirited repeal of the state's marriage law (they probably do), but whether they have the legislative muscle to override Democratic Gov....

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Today in misappropriated civility: CWA of Maine says marriage equality push is 'heinous act'

Those Concerned Women of America are sure to note the civility, dignity, and righteousness they'd like to bring to the Pine Tree State. Oh, but only after they first denigrate the state's same-sex couples by positioning their push for equal...

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Video: Seattle woman marries building; Rick Santorum all like, 'See, SEE!'

Corporations are people, buildings are their offspring. So let's now congratulate this happy couple as they start a new life as erection and wife, in hopes of a structurally sound union that's always up to code: [KOMO via Youtuber Abdirizakxiireey]...

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