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02/25/2013

'Ex-gay' Linda Jernigan compares gay people's self-acceptance to a roach motel commercial

by Jeremy Hooper

Linda Jernigan has been one of the Illinois Family Institute's key allies and top surrogates in the current fight to stop marriage equality in the state, appearing alongside the organization on television, at prayer breakfasts, and at the recent lobby day at the state capitol. This is what Linda Jernigan considers to be reasoned discourse:

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Well Linda, when I was a kid, there was a very famous commercial titled "Where's the beef?" The gist was that an older woman, Clara Peller, could not find the virtually nonexistent meat that was supposedly on her bun because proof of it was infinitesimally small. She saw the bun that the people who created the illusion used to mask the lack of substance in the product they were serving up, but she she could not find any evidence of nourishment in between the carefully constructed outer shell. There was no "there" there, and this woman was frank enough to call out those who tried to tell her that something was true even though it so clearly wasn't. She refused to buy into the ruse.

You know, since we're reminiscing about commercials and all.

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