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07/11/2013

Thomas Peters' continued sleight of hand toward California AG Kamala Harris

by Jeremy Hooper

In a debate on this morning's edition of "The Diane Rehm Show" (with guest host Susan Page), National Organization For Marriage Communication Director Thomas Peters attempted to yet again make "pro-marriage" people every seem like the victims by impugning the motives of one of NOM's new arch nemeses, California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Peters said:


FULL SHOW: Same-sex Marriage and the States [NPR]

Well, you can "quote" all you want, Thomas. But you are being downright deceptive about what Attorney General Harris *ACTUALLY* said.

She didn't say that people who oppose marriage are just bystanders, in general. She said that the Prop 8 proponents (i.e. the people who tried to make a case and failed) are now bystanders to this process. Here's the video, per NOM's own editing:

As I said last time I took this on: "Bystander" means person who is present at an event but who does not take an active role, and that is exactly where the Prop 8 proponents now are. What AG Harris said is exactly true! For this, the legal process of which she was specifically speaking, the Prop 8 proponents who wanted to deny gay couples (i.e. NOM, Alliance Defending Freedom, Protect Marriage California, et al.) are now sitting on the sidelines. They tried to play their game in the courts, and the lost. The Supreme Court determined they did not have standing.

Thomas is misapplying Harris' speech so that he can make her sound like some mean bully who is punishing every single man and woman who opposes marriage equality. She is not.

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