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03/19/2013

NOM's latest #marriagemarch speaker: Being gay is like 'playing dodge ball in a busy street,' a 'public health risk'

by Jeremy Hooper

Bob Vander Plaats once equated an LGBTQ Youth conference to "playing dodge ball in a busy street":

"Our goal at The FAMiLY LEADER is to speak the truth in love. Ironically, the upcoming 7th Annual Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bis*xual, Transgender, Questioning) Youth is exchanging truth for acceptance and tolerance of harmful behavior. As parents, we love our children so much that we do not accept or tolerate his/her desire to play dodge ball in a busy street. If we did, that tolerance could result in serious injury or worse.

In like manner, this is how I view the conference.
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He also says that homosexuality is a public health risk akin to smoking:


(via ThinkProgress)

See much more in Bob's GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project profile.

So what does this record of crystal clear animus against the LGBT person (and not just marriage equality) earn Bob? Well, it earns him a speaking slot at the National Organization For Marriage's upcoming "March for Marriage," natch:

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Speakers [Marriage March]

Because why not? The mask is off. NOM can never again claim to be the more pragmatic, more mainstream org that it was under Maggie Gallagher (who is pointedly absent form the speaking list). NOM has reached out to the far-right, where it will forever remain.

Ya know, a lot of people have asked me if the Supreme Court will be livestreaming the hearings (which is a no, by the way). I, however, wish it would go the other way. Personally, I wish the NOM march would be livestreamed right into the court proceedings. Judging by the speaker and sponsorship lineup NOM has assembled, their march might be our side's best evidence.

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*EARLIER:

NOM adds new 'March For Marriage' speakers, further connects itself to obvious animus [G-A-Y]

NOM joins forces with Family Research Council, undeniable anti-LGBT animus [G-A-Y]

Another NOM 'Marriage March' speaker, another obvious agenda that goes beyond marriage [G-A-Y]

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