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05/08/2014

Today's NC rally: Easy-to-prove extremism that hurts its movement

by Jeremy Hooper

Today in Raleigh, the coalition that passed North Carolina's marriage ban gathered a very tiny crowd in order to hold some sort of anniversary party for their discriminatory effort. A terrible way to celebrate #ThrowBackThursday, if you ask me. But I digress.

Speaking at the rally was Tami Fitzgerald>, the Vote For Marriage NC campaign head who herself has quite a bit of animus in her quote bank. However, Tami's own rhetoric pales in comparison to three of the day's headlining speakers. Namely, these three:

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These three men are truly the most animus-driven of any of the "marriage defenders" I've encountered in any of our states. Creech has said stuff like this:

-- On LGBT equality: "Once again the Sodomites press upon the door of restraint to knock it down. America is presently the victim of an attempted sexual assault by the gay agenda — an attempted homosexual gang rape of our culture — the effort to sodomize our society! The great question is whether the majority of Americans who believe homosexuality is wrong and injurious for the nation, will continue to allow for its victimization, or whether they'll use the system of government God has so graciously granted to fight back." 

-- On nondiscrimination protections: "To contend homosexuality or other sexually alternative practices are as worthy of special protections as religion is like saying feculence is as important to one's person or the culture as food." 

-- On the supposed root of being gay: "While certain personality traits, familial relationships, early childhood experiences, possible sexual molestation, etc., may provide fertile soil for homosexuality to grow, these factors are not the primal issue. Homosexuality is not the result of biology! It is not caused by a deficit in the relationship with the same-sex parent! It is not caused by a failure to bond with one’s same-sex peers or any other outside influences! It is caused by something radically wrong with the human heart! It is caused by the principle of sin!...The real cause of homosexual desire or activity is the idolatrous instincts of the human heart." 

-- More: "Few sins have done more of late to wreak havoc among God's people as homosexuality." 

-- More still: "Homosexuality remains contrary to nature." 


FULL: Mark Creech [GLAAD CAP]

Then there's Patrick Wooden:

-- Says being gay is a "death style" that "causes the breakdown of the human body" — a "special rights" push that is more offensive to African Americans than "the n word" (see 3:24–4:15)

-- Says it's "normal" to react violently to those who are gay: "We’ve always had a hostile response, or a disrespect if you will, for that kind of behavior."

-- Claims adult gay men have "to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels”; also: "we are armed with the truth about the damage that people are doing to their rectums and anuses as a result of participating in these perversive, sexual acts." (see 18:34–18:48)

-- Advice to lesbian blogger Pam Spaulding: "Pam needs Jesus, when Pam meets the Lord that yearning for a member of the same sex will change…she’d probably make a fantastic mother, and would enjoy having a husband who was born male – no Chaz Bono business – born male – and meet her man, and rock her world, in the name of the Lord.”

-- Warns that marriage equality will lead to men marrying goats and a pedophile problem (1st clip); says gay people must "come out of homosexuality and get delivered" then enter into a union with opposite sex (2nd clip)


FULL: Patrick Wooden [GLAAD CAP]

And let's top it off with the inimitable Ron Baity, who actually won and award from the Family Research Council for saying stuff like this:

- Directly compares gay people to murderers:

- Wants to "save" gay people so they will "quit being homos":

- Says the LGBT community wants to use their "lifestyles" to "recruit" others towards the "urban renewal program" experienced by Sodom & Gomorrah, since gay peoples' "pleasure in doing evil" is "the one sin in the Bible that causes God to act swiftly":

- Says gays and gay marriage are signing America's "death warrant":

- Says pedophilia and bestiality are next:

- Suggests we were smarter when homosexuality was prosecuted:

- Implies that gay people are worse than maggots:


FULL: Ron Baity [GLAAD CAP]

These are the three men who are leading this, a rally designed to tell North Carolinians why they should keep this law on the books indefinitely. I can't for the life of me understand why the North Carolina conservatives would put them front and center. It is so politically ridiculous that it's almost jaw-dropping. Here at a time when their movement is beleaguered, to say the least, and where proving that their cause is for something other than hostility toward certain kinds of people, the coalition in their cherished state where they were able to pass their one and only amendment in 2012 is running head first into the fieriest fires of anti-LGBT aggression.

But don't think I'm going to try to stop them. Oh no, no, no. I hope they talk themselves right into the court room, where their brash candor will end this debate for good (in both senses of the word)

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