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09/10/2013

NOM owns its illegal-in-all-fifty-states mission

by Jeremy Hooper

At this point, what more can we say about the cake bakers who wanted to turn away a gay couple rather than comply with nondiscrimination law, and who then chose to close what had apparently become an unprofitable business? That conversation is well worn, and we on the side of basic fairness are winning it.

Instead, I want to applaud the National Organization For Marriage for using the word "illegal" when referring to the current status of same-sex marriage in Oregon:

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For its first handful of years, NOM never used the word "illegal" because they know that it's a loaded worded that puts the burden on their desire to discriminate. But let's be clear: Our illegality is what the NOM agenda truly seeks, both at the state and the federal level. If left to its own devices, NOM would dismantle marriages like mine and then make it downright criminal for anyone to try to reinstate it. That is not an overstatement—it is what they want to do!

I, for one, am very glad to see NOM embracing reality. As they continue on their quest to retain gay couples' illegality in certain states and create new illegalities in other states (and federally), I expect NOM to keep up the candor!

**But this all said, the bakery situation still deals with the NONDISCRIMINATION LAW (which is perfectly legal), not the local legality of same-sex marriage.

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