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07/26/2013

NOM's Jennifer Roback Morse on Edie Windsor: She didn't want to pay for 'her friend's' estate

by Jeremy Hooper

On August 6, 2012, the Disqus user "posterchild1" left a comment identifying herself as the person who booked ITAF, the annual conference of the National Organization For Marriage's Ruth Institute:

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"Posterchild1" also left this comment linking herself to Ruth:

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Also, the Facebook page linked to this account points backs to Jennifer Roback Morse, the Ruth Institute's head:

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And, up until yesterday, the person who operates this account was using a photo of Ms. Roback Morse as her avatar:

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This all being the case, I'm quite comfortable saying this is Jennifer Roback Morse's account, even if she has left comments on her own ActRight petition that make it seem like she is just some random commenter:

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Clearly it's her, which is probably why she changed to a more neutral avatar right after I called her out on the ActRight thread.

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So yeah—ha! However, masked identity is not really what I want to focus on here. Instead, I want you to see the low regard that Ms. Roback Morse has for Edie Windsor's thirty-five year commitment to Thea Speyer:

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Yes, that's right—this senior NOM staffer refers to Thea Speyer as Edie Windsor's "friend." She can't even acknowledge, much less dignify, the longterm commitment that these two shared. Instead, she refers to Edie as some random rich person involved in a personal choice between two buddies. Thea is written off as just some bygone pal.

Is this really the kind of cold disregard the marriage movement wants coming from their "poster child"?

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**UPDATE: Yup, this is definitely her. Earlir this week, Ms. Morse used virtually the same "rich"/"friend" language on Catholic radio: NOM’s Morse: Edith Windsor Is Part Of The “Ruling Class,” Doesn’t Need Federal Marriage Benefits [EQ Matters]

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**UPDATE2: And now they closed down all comments. Because that's how our opposition always responds to sunlight.

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