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07/01/2013

What Attorney General Harris said is true—and NOM *HATES* it

by Jeremy Hooper

It's no surprise to see the National Organization For Marriage going after California Attorney General Kamala Harris. For one, the strong marriage equality supporter is an obvious rising star in the Democratic party with a bright future ahead of her, so the decidedly Republican NOM wants to stop that. Obviously.

But more than just that, the truth is that Harris got the job that NOM's own chairman, John Eastman, truly wanted—and the job that NOM wanted him to have. Longtime readers might remember back when I reported on a swanky D.C. fundraiser that NOM threw for Eastman when the deeply conservative lawyer was trying to become California's Attorney General. NOM wanted him as Attorney General because NOM wanted the Prop 8 legal fight to go exactly opposite of how it went. Ultimately, Eastman didn't even make it out of his primary, which led to his taking the NOM chairmanship as a consolation prize—but NOM sure as heck wanted him there.

So no, it's no surprise that NOM is launching an entire fundraising campaign around the exceedingly awesome Harris and her supposedly out-of-line behavior:

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[NOM's anti-Harris fundraising campaign]

However, if this pro-discrimination organization wants to launch a campaign, they should probably do better than the following video, which NOM is making the centerpiece of its anti-Harris attacks. Nothing she says in this clip (which NOM just up and lifted from PBS NewsHour, btw) is at all untrue or unfair:

Well, um, yeah—those who would like to wantonly deny citizens of their equal protection and their due process are now bystanders in this process. "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. As AG Harris notes, the people who oppose us have every right to speak out and express their frustrations, but they do not have the right—DO.NOT.HAVE.THE.RIGHT—to deny us of our rights. The court made that clear. There is nothing controversial about what the Attorney General said.

The Proposition 8 proponents who tried to actively take away our freedoms have lost their active role. Period. For this fight, they are now bystanders. They might be loud bystanders. They might be powerful bystanders. They might be intimidating bystanders. They might be nice bystanders. They might be angry bystanders. They might be any kind of bystander you can think of. However, they will not be actively able to futz with our freedoms. They tried that and they failed. Now they must accept.

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