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03/29/2013

Video: NOM's duplicitous 'they couldn't answer her' lie (/exploitaiton)

by Jeremy Hooper

At NOM's March for Marriage rally, the pro-discrimination group played the video of 11-year-old Grave Evans testifying before the Minnesota state legislature. Then, after it played, the speaker onstage, the Heritage Foundation's Jennifer Marshall, repeated what has become the standard claim about the lawmakers and their lack of response to young Grace's rhetorical question about which parent she doesn't need: that they didn't respond because they couldn't respond.

The truth, of course: the Minnesota lawmakers did not respond to ANYONE who testified on that day. They simply thanked each individual for stating his or her case, either for or against the bill, and moved on to the next speaker. That's the way these things work. It was not a debate—it was a hearing.

But not is of course a fib factory that bears false witness the way good faith organizations bear responsibility. They've now even created a video using young Grace's testimony as its centerpiece followed by Brian Brown's own claim that "no one [was] able to answer that basic question." Here's the clip:

Unfair. Anti-intellectual. A point that they know better about making but one they continue to make anyway.

This is the typical deception that keeps discrimination as a thing. It's also the typical behavior pattern that has defined the National Organization For Marriage for the past six years.

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