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02/11/2012

Video: Maggie gets more media; yay us

She'd probably disagree, but I really can't see how either of these clips -- or the recent Salon.com profile, for that matter -- help Maggie's movement in any way: In this one, pay special attention around the 9 min. mark...

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NOM EXPOSED: Then *why* are you sad, Maggie?

SNIP: "She often treads the line between analytical and over thought, with her assessment of everyday considerations falling somewhere between learned Philosophy professor and pot-smoking college freshman: Rooted in reason but with an added dose of idealization, naiveté, pretense, or...

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02/10/2012

Gays divorce, social cons retain custody of ridiculous talking points

There is no far-right tactic more childish than that where they gloat over the dissolution of a same-sex couple, as if that is something the heterosexual world knows nothing about: The divorce of the so-called committed lesbians, Robin Tyler and...

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Chuck Woolery's new game: America vs. Civil Rights

I never really liked "Love Connection." However, I triple-score-loved the TV version of "Scrabble." Some of my best mid-'80s memories involve some sort of mild illness that allowed me to play hooky and check out this pastel-hued show. A taste...

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WA 'values' guy questions our ability to reason; I see his queries and raise him the 'God Made Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve' sign I saw at his recent rally

He uses this graphic: He uses this headline: The Death of Reason And he uses lines like following: "…[A] body of legislators who have, presumably, told their own children that "I want it"is not a reason, have been completely bamboozled...

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His story is revisionist -- California's legislative history was visionary

In a piece where he attempts to paint the California Supreme Court as "activist" and the primary reason behind the cruel ballot initiative known as Prop 8, Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht includes this little snip about...

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Civil unions are a Trojan horse? Nay.

Focus on the Family's Carrie Gordon Earll thinks she has us all figured out: Civil union laws are the Trojan horse paving the way for same-sex marriage, there’s no doubt about it,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, CitizenLink’s senior director of...

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Querying justice: P8TT schools us on the ever-winding 8

"Can I get married soon?" "Will this case make its way to the Supreme Court?" "When might Judge Judy get a a crack at this thing?" You've got questions about the ongoing Prop 8 trial. The fittingly named Prop 8...

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02/09/2012

Audio: Frisch, Oppenheimer seek out the Rational Organization of Maggie

The "Making of Gay Marriage's Top Foe" article is really strong and detailed, but it's certainly not a period on a subject who has done so much harm to the equality cause. Today, Karl Frisch kept the Maggie Gallagher conversation...

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Washington State Blog Swarm: Thanks, Gov. Gregoire!

Today I’m participating in a Washington United for Marriage and Daily Kos blog swarm to help support the marriage equality campaign in Washington State. I’m joined by bloggers from Bilerico Project, Pam’s House Blend, Good As You, AMERICABlog Gay, the...

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02/08/2012

Video: An old, dull talking point comes to bright, young life

The far-right loves to talk about kids of gays in the abstract. Meet the real thing:

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Washington, tired of East Coast having all the fun, passes marriage bill

The Washington state House of Representatives has joined the state Senate, passing a marriage equality bill by a 55-43 vote. The bill now goes to Gov. Gregoire, who couldn't be a bigger champion of the bill. But then the self-appointed...

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Ad: Newt's talk and walk? TWO balks

A bold new ad from Truth Wins Out: (click for full) TWO Roll Call Ad: Newt Gingrich Talks Like a Preacher, Lives Like a Porn Star [TWO] The ad is running in tomorrow's edition of Roll Call, a Capitol Hill...

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IL joins marriage equality push; ill, NOM just became

A good move in Illinois, where some lawmakers are hoping to bump the currently separate-but-equal civil unions system to the full marriage equality that it will inevitably need become: MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL INTRODUCED IN ILLINOIS [Towle] Opponents will surely say,...

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Video: 'We've had lots of ups and lots of downs,' says ADF (A Disingenuous Fella)

It's absurd that Alliance Defense Fund top dog Alan Sears addresses yesterday's Prop 8 decision as it it's just another part of the ongoing legal roller coaster: In truth, the Prop 8 proponents HAVE NEVER WON ON MERIT. There was...

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Video: Rick Santorum thinks self-victimization is presidential, apparently

We all know that Maggie Gallagher and Rick Santorum are friends. But I'm seriously starting to wonder if she might also be his speechwriter: [ThinkProgress LGBT] Of course in truth, neither the words "bigot" nor "hate(r)" are used anywhere in...

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Photos: Just another Tues afternoon in NH, fighting to strip a neighbor's rights

And now, some signs from yesterday's rally to take away marriage rights in New Hampshire. 1: An attempt to deny that homosexuality is inborn, presumably from a straight person who surely thinks his or her own orientation is simply who...

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Video: NOM chair acts like Prop 8 was about more than gays; David Boies laughs, smacks down

At around the 4:30 mark, recently-appointed National Organization For Marriage chair John Eastman tries to pretend that Prop 8 speaks to more than just same-sex marriage, since it also prevents polygamy. David Boies is having none of it:

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FRC issues '162 Benefits that We Carelessly Deny to Same-Sex Couples' (paraphrase)

It's always astounding to me when groups that are most combative towards same-sex couples' legal rights come out with reports like this: 162 Reasons to Marry [FRC] Because think about it. Even if you were to take away things like...

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Candle in the 'win': Sprigg faults Reinhardt for using Marilyn, et al.

On page 38 and 39 of the Ninth Circuit's 100+ page majority opinion, Judge Reinhardt included this snippet about the word "marriage" and its connotation in our culture: [READ: The Ninth Circuit's Prop 8 Opinion] The goal of this one...

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One last thing about the Maggie Gallagher article...

While I think Mark Oppenheimer's profile manages to ably walk that tough line between revelatory and fair, if there's one place I would push back a little it's in regards to the bit of a pass that some in the...

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Allies at an axis: Even those who really shouldn't are starting to state the obvious

In Mark Oppenheimer's new, extensive article on Maggie Gallagher, this line really jumped out: One prominent ally of Gallagher’s told me that the “fight is over.” There will be minor victories to come, but “we’re going to lose,” the ally...

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And now it's written: The definitive Maggie Gallagher profile

The long, kind of strange tell of Maggie Gallagher, quite ably told. Go read Mark Oppenheimer's piece, in full: The making of gay marriage’s top foe [Salon] *HIGHLY RELATED: Maggie's advocacy: A 28-year fear of 'be back in thirty minutes'?...

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Video: 'Marriage is a conservative value...'

"…not that conservatives own it or liberals own it, but the loving relationship between individuals that want to be respected by their society and treated as equals is a conservative value. It involves liberty and privacy and association and identity,...

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02/07/2012

Video: 'This issue is going to be solved eventually by the demographics...'

"…what we need to do is…be sure that we don't lose another generation of people who are deprived of the right to get married" -David Boies Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Vote For Marriage NC: Our anti-equality amendment can beat up California's!

Personally, if I worked to push the very thing that courts are dismantling with reasoned findings that rely on and, in fact, demand more than just personal, largely faith-based whim, I'd probably be having a few second thoughts on a...

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Video: Minnesota For Marriage not anti-gay, self-determines Minnesota For Marriage #MNUnited

In a recent radio interview, Kalley Yanta admitted that she judges gay people for their "immoral actions" and "lifestyles," and that she is working against "the homosexual lifestyle" specifically. But never mind all that. You should probably just trust her...

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Penny Nance 'shames' the 9th Circuit; also crossing her arms and stamping feet, I hear

13,402,566 valid votes were cast for Prop 8, constituting just around 40% of the state's population and only around 80% of the state's registered voters (with an additional 340,611 votes tossed out as either invalid or blank). 7,001,084 Californians went...

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Maggie Gallagher has used the word 'bigot' more than any modern gay activist has

As to be expected, Maggie Gallagher is responding to today's historic Ninth Circuit decision by focusing on self-victimization rather than the constitutional matters fleshed out in the 100+ page opinion: [SOURCE: NRO's "The Corner" blog] No, Maggie: Just constitutionally wrong....

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Another anti-gay #Prop8 response, another 'San Francisco values' attack

Family Research Council via emailed press release: "Today's decision was disappointing but not surprising, coming from the most liberal Circuit Court in the country. This Hollywood-funded lawsuit, which seeks to impose San Francisco values on the entire country, may eventually...

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Washington Generals respond to #Prop8 ruling

“As sweeping and wrong-headed as this decision is, it nonetheless was as predictable as the outcome of a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition game,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “We have anticipated this outcome since the moment San Francisco Judge Vaughn Walker’s...

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READ: The Ninth Circuit's Prop 8 Opinion #LGBT

2-1, upholding Judge Walker's 2009 decision! PROP 8 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! 10-16696 #398_Decision

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History hashtagged: The #Prop8 waiting game

The 9th Circuit's opinion will come down at 11AM Pacific. Until then, tweets: SEE ALSO: Live press conference at 10:30 AM Pacific time:

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NOM EXPOSED: The Mysterious Minnesota Marriage Campaign

The Mysterious Minnesota Marriage Campaign Are Anti-Gay Groups Hiding Donors or Running the Least Successful Grassroots Campaign in History (or Both)? February 2012 Campaign finance reports released last week in Minnesota raise significant and growing questions about how opponents of...

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NOM's Culture Director tries to put winning spin on inherently losing view

And now, as per the burdens of his short-sighted gig carrying water for the radical anti-equality agenda's most visible organization, NOM's Thomas Peters feigns this willfully obtuse analysis: …[I]f it is unfair to subject the "rights" of a minority to...

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Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill to again open a complacent world's eyes

The bill that is perhaps the world's most visible example of what extreme hostility can look like if left unchecked is now back in play, life imprisonment and death penalty both fully intact. Warren Throckmorton has more: According to Parliament...

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Audio: They will know we are Christians by our [condemnatory radio call-ins]

Governors Christie and O'Malley should be denied their faith. Gays want to sleep with children. Anti-gay America should separate from pro-equality America. Gays live a "perverted lifestyle" that must be stopped. Democrats are supporting the AntiChrist. No "sodomite homosexual" is...

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NOM's star lawyer comes out for Mitt

James Bopp, Jr. is the National Organization For Marriage's current legal counsel. Other past and current clients include such anti-LGBT stalwarts as Focus on the Family, Christian Broadcasting Network, Traditional Values Coalition, the Christian Coalition, Christian Life Commission of the...

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The Family Neglecter: TFL goes after Gov, LGBTQ youth, basic safety

The 7th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Youth is designed to help the state's young people know a safer, healthier, less traumatic journey. Considering the demonstrable roadblocks, harms, and outside condemnations that young LGBTQ are...

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Ken Hutcherson still likening his Gov. to assassin; still making things easier for us

Because it apparently wasn't ass-crazy enough the first time, Ken Hutcherson, the most visible face of the Washington "Stand For Marriage" movement, is back again with the ahistorical, homicidal comparison that has become his bread and butter: Meanwhile, [Pastor Hutcherson]...

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02/06/2012

Audio: So what's the reason you play *political* football, Pastor Hutcherson?

I really can't understand the strategic thinking that underlies Ken Hutcherson's claim that "the only reason [he] played football was so [he] could hurt white people." I've heard him make similar comments in the past, and they always make me...

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'Change is' pro-LGBT

The Obama 2012 campaign has a new "Change Is" tee which includes both the LGBT-inclusive Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal as two of the administration's highlighted accomplishments: "Change Is" tee [BarackObama.com] The shirt sells for...

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Video: Starbucks won't have Bob Vander Plaats to kick around anymore; Harumph

Of course Starbucks didn't really say that "God's design for marriage is bad for families." But that doesn't stop moral values guy Bob Vander Plaats from putting that direct quote in the company's mouth anyway: Really, Bob? Starbucks "went so...

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Prop 8 ruling tomorrow

And a random Tuesday in February just got much more interesting: BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday [Metro Weekly's Poliglot]

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Whereas, the MN GOP might still see mileage in outdated political football games

In advance of tomorrow night's precinct caucuses throughout the state, the anti-equality Minnesota For Marriage group has created these scripts encouraging local party loyalists and/or delegates to adopt their discriminatory cause as part of the GOP's 2012 focus: There's a...

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Audio: WA 'values' speaker invokes man/boy, church/state lies

Today in Washington state, longtime anti-gay lobbyist Bob Higley warned of the slippery slope between marriage equality and NAMBLA, as well as blatantly lies about Hawaiian churches' supposed burdens. Enjoy: The NAMBLA thing? I'm not even going to acknowledge that....

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Audio: NOM's WA partner testifies; not sure if it was for our side or hers

Cindy Zapotocky is the Executive Director of the Washington Conservative Coalition, the group behind the Stand For Marriage Washington coalition. This is the coalition that counts the National Organization For Marriage as a member. This is the coalition that will...

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Vote For Marriage NC vs 'the warped, infested, twisted, illusive imagery of the depraved gray matter of the homosexual community'

Despite his pattern of rabid comments, Rev. Ron Baity and his Return American group were masterminds behind the North Carolina marriage amendment. On multiple occasions, Rev. Baity organized rallies that brought out all of the major local conservatives , as...

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Political football: Which NOM-repudiating state did you support?

Couldn't help but notice this weekend post: New York or Massachusetts. Either way, a marriage equality state (even if the Giants technically play in civil-unions-only NJ). Of course NY was the ultimate victor, and tomorrow in NYC, there will be...

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Pro-equality Repubs commit political treason, suggests man who compared his governor to presidential assassin

Rev. Ken "Gov. Gregoire is like John Wilkes Booth" Hutcherson is personally offended by the recent marriage vote in his state's Senate. Why? Well, because the four Republicans who voted their consciences on the matter personally stabbed him in the...

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