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05/05/2014

Prominent Prop 8 activist, former NOM senior staffer defends Singapore's ban on gay sex

by Jeremy Hooper

In a pair of posts last week, I told you that prominent Proposition 8 voices Jim Garlow and Jennifer Roback Morse were in the country of Singapore, speaking before and advocating with an organization that fights to keep homosexuality as a criminal act in the nation. Now check this out. In a Facebook exchange with LGBT activist Penny Marie Sautereau, Roback Morse, who was a senior associate with the National Organization For Marriage until late last year, actually defends her actions in that country, claiming that the decriminalization of sodomy is the first step in some sort of terrible slippery slope—one that has hurt America. Take a look (full exchange at link):

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First off: I support responsible surrogacy and various other ethical pathways to parenthood. There, that's taken care of.

Now let's talk about your advocacy for the criminalization of gay sex, Ms. Roback Morse. Frankly, I'm glad to hear you finally being so honest! I mean, I wish you would've been so honest when you were traversing California as a surrogate for the Prop 8 campaign, when you were testifying before any of the state legislatures where you fought marriage bills, or when you were speaking at any of the many National Organization For Marriage events that you headlined during your time with that organization. But at least now, with you finally coming out and admitting the breadth of your true fight, we can all look back and realize the bill of goods that you and your team have been selling America for the past many moon.

I've been saying it for years: virtually every single prominent person who fights LGBT right would like their advocacy to go further than they admit. That is simply a fact; scratch the surface long enough, and you'll see it. Almost all of them would've liked criminal sanctions and some form of "reparative therapy" (or faith-mandated celibacy, in Roback Morse's Catholic view) directed at LGBT people, if they thought they could've achieved it. They obviously couldn't go that far, so they tried to hurt us instead through more limited means (e.g. "protect marriage). But now that they are so clearly losing on marriage and other policy pushes, I expect many more of these professional activists to become more loose-lipped in the years to come, since they'll no longer have anything to lose. As someone who always saw behind the carefully worded mask, I will certainly welcome the newfound candor.

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