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07/18/2013

Maggie Gallagher sticks to hobby of misrepresenting, slurring Justice Kennedy

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 At 9.38.01 AmFor the past three weeks, the National Organization For Marriage co-founder and most visible face of the modern "protect marriage" movement has been telling anyone who will listen that Justice Anthony Kennedy declared a "fatwa" against people like her. In an interview with National Catholic Register, Maggie Gallagher repays her now-favorite phrase before telling readers to not accept the legitimacy of the Supremer Court's majority opinion:

"I didn’t expect the absolute contempt expressed by the slim 5-4 majority in the decision on DOMA written by Justice Kennedy. He did not strike down DOMA based on a careful rejection of the arguments presented, and he did not do so on limited grounds. He issued a sweeping fatwa falsely declaring that support for our marriage tradition is grounded in hatred of gay people."
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"Will we endorse Kennedy’s judgment on our souls? Or will we refuse to accept the legitimacy of his opinion, so that 40 years from now the idea that marriage is the union of husband and wife is not the dead letter Kennedy proposes, but a living, breathing movement, that people are willing to fight for?"

SOURCE: NC Register

It always shocks me to see how nuclear the "values voter" crowd will go against anyone who throws a wrench at their plans. Justice Kennedy, while ably and accurately writing about the obvious role that animus played in fostering laws like DOMA, did not cast cruel aspersions or attack Maggie's human characteristics. He definitely didn't declare a "fatwa," a notion that is deeply offensive to human beings who have suffered through genuine fatwas. Justice Kennedy and the majority court did what this court was tasked to do: make a determination about a law that the Family Research Council created, that members of congress passed with "morality" claims attached, and that even many of its onetime champions now proudly oppose.

But Maggie doesn't want nuance. She doesn't want deep consideration. She doesn't want reasoned analysis of complex ruling. Maggie wants to motivate would-be supporters by giving them an "enemy." Because that's always the way with this so-called "culture war," itself a far-right-crafted label designed to cast people on our side as "at war" with all that is good and decent. The anti-LGBT movement has spent decades scapegoating various people and groups in order to make their side, the one that is trying to discriminate against fellow Americans, look like the one that is living under a threat.

It's not working and, I would argue, has actually helped us win. But it's incredibly callous nonetheless.

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