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06/04/2014

NOM misspells Cory Booker's name, misrepresents his commitments

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage's support for discrimination, its related policy, and its proponents would be one thing. But something I've always found particularly detestable about this organization is the inability to simply support their candidate and his or her commitment to carrying water for the marriage inequality cause. Instead, they always have to disparage the other person as being "anti-" known goods like marriage and family, no matter how ludicrous that idea.

This time it's US Senator Cory Booker, a very popular man who has dedicated his entire adult life to public service on behalf of New Jersey citizens and families. Without any evidence, NOM goes ahead and declares Corey [sic] Booker, who speaks often of his close relationship with his mother, to be "anti-marriage" and "anti-family":

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[NOM]

I know that "anti-marriage" and "anti-family" have currency in the disingenuous world of social conservatism. But words and phrases have meaning. Neither NOM nor any other organization gets to casually toss around phrases like these without proper context.

A truly anti-marriage person would be somehow trying to limit the institution and its participants. Senator Booker is not. Senator Booker is seeking more potential marriages, not less.

A truly anti-family person would be somehow trying to tear apart America's functional households. Senator Booker is not. As longtime mayor of Newark, he worked in difficult situations to make life better for families of that city. Now, as US Senator, he's extending that commitment to the entire state/nation. Just because NOM doesn't agree with all of his views on marriage does not give NOM the power to brand this man "anti-family." That is a serious charge from an organization that hasn't done one thing to earn the right to make it.

Such a toxic organization.

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