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01/28/2015

Audio: Activist judge Roy Moore gives rambling, unconvincing interview to Tony Perkins

by Jeremy Hooper

Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and longtime conservative activist, is certainly enjoying a few minutes of notoriety from his latest publicity stunt. If you haven't heard, that's the one where he's insisting that Alabama government can simply ignore federal court rulings that strike down the state's marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Most legal scholars are dismissing the PR act for what it is, and some groups are even pursuing ethics charges against Moore. For his part, Moore is reaching out to fellow anti-gay activists like Tony Perkins. Here's an interview from this afternoon's edition of Tony's daily radio show:

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NOM reveals plan for taking people's money even though they've clearly lost

by Jeremy Hooper

National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown has big plans for how he will justify his employment even though his shockingly ineffective and fail-prone organization has actually helped exacerbate his movement's losses:

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 At 9.25.04 Pm I have to tell you, I am really excited about our opportunities this year. We're in the best position we've been in in years thanks to the support of you and other members of NOM.

With a solid pro-marriage majority in both the House and the US Senate, populated by real marriage champions like Representatives Raul Labrador and John Fleming in the House and Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and newly elected Thom Tillis and Tom Cotton in the Senate, we are in a great position to advance critical legislation.

In fact, our federal team is already hard at work on several bills including protecting the right of every American to be free of government punishment for defending the truth of marriage in the daily lives.

In addition to work in Congress, we're also working behind the scenes to advance critical legislation at the state level, where a huge majority of pro-marriage legislators and Governors now hold office across the land.

We're also working hard to make sure the next Republican presidential nominee is a trusted conservative and marriage supporter. We'll have an announcement soon about our new presidential pledge that we will ask every candidate to sign. It could be a game-changer in the presidential contest, because it is going to put candidates' feet to the fire.
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We have to organize and carry out the third annual March for Marriage — the focal point for the marriage counter-revolution... a national grassroots uprising designed to make a powerful statement that cannot be ignored by the cultural and political elites who are trying to quietly reshape our society and our most precious institution of marriage.
FULL: What Is Membership? [NOM]

So much to do, Bri. When will you find the time to buy wedding presents for all of your gay friends?

Oh, because haven't you heard? They can marry in a majority of our states, Brian. And you will never change that, big guy. That is not only a promise—it's a demand. .

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01/27/2015

Openly anti-gay Chief Justice of AL Supreme Court vows to openly defy marriage equality

by Jeremy Hooper

His name being so associated with conservative activism, it's easy to forget that Roy Moore is actually the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. And here is his latest transgression:

In a letter to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Moore details what he calls “legitimate concerns” about whether the federal courts have the authority to consider the constitutionality of Alabama’s marriage laws — asking the governor not to enforce the ruling.

Citing the Bible and an 1825 letter from Thomas Jefferson, Moore declares, “Our State Constitution and our morality are under attack by a federal court decision that has no basis in the Constitution of the United States.”

FULL: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Lashes Out At Same-Sex Marriage Ruling [Buzzfeed]

Moore is asking the governor to just ignore the federal court rulings and instead continue to enforce the Yellowhammer State's discriminatory marriage amendment.

Yeah, and I once asked Santa Claus for a pink flying pony. We don't always get what we want simply because we want it and have a rich enough fantasy life to support it.

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AFA's Director of Issues Analysis: LGBT activists possess 'unvarnished energy of Satan himself

by Jeremy Hooper

For the most part I now ignore people like Bryan Fischer and their desperate cries in a thickening political wilderness. However, sometimes we need a reminder that this man has spoken at top conservative conferences alongside GOP presidential candidates:


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Eh, at least we're unvarnished. If you're going to be Beelzebub's spokesperson, you should at least go full out.

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Wait, FRC has been able to 'uphold natural marriage'? That's news to all non–cave dwellers!

by Jeremy Hooper

In its latest fundraising pitch, the Family Research Council highlights many things that the anti-LGBT org. is supposedly doing. Many of them are stretches of the truth because, well—it's FRC. But this highlighted one is just a blatant lie:

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Of course if FRC meant "natural marriage" the way people who actually care about accurate usage of the English language mean it, then they would be right. Natural marriage has, in fact, been upheld during this time of remarkable progress for marriage equality. Because marriage equality is not a threat. Obviously.

But that's not how FRC means it. FRC is telling its supporters that this organization has been effective on this issue, which is just ludicrous. The FRC has done nothing to stop equality. And in fact, I would be the first to argue that groups like FRC, with such a reliable string of animus that is unmatched by just about any "mainstream" conservative group, has actually done much to help buoy, if not push, marriage equality efforts. People who have seen or heard FRC's rhetoric have realized which side of history they don't want to be on.

But of course stopping marriage equality is one of FRC's cash cows, so staffers are desperate to seem tough and contributive in this fight. Which is a lie they were able to push when we had one, two, three states. But with thirty-six states officially in the marriage equality camp (and a couple of more, like AL, likely in the coming weeks) and full federal recognition of these marriages, I think it might be time for FRC to at least concede that their efforts to "uphold" (by which they really mean hold up) have crapped the bed. The fake "victim" routine is their only card now. The "tough" act lost.

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01/26/2015

Because when am I not calling up Fox News personalities to do my bidding?

by Jeremy Hooper

Latest conservative theory about me, my power, and the one ten minute post I wrote about the Legatus Summit:

[Fringe talk show host Cliff Kincaid] later called on Shepard Smith to “come out of the closet,” accusing the Fox News host of secretly being “one of the most powerful homosexuals in the media.”

Kincaid speculated on his show Saturday that activist Jeremy Hooper,
who first highlighted the anti-gay views of Legatus, had personally called Smith to get Baier in trouble.

“For what we know, this guy Hooper or one of his friends may have called Shep Smith, and said, ‘Hey Shepard, you know your buddy Bret Baier is speaking at this anti-gay conference,’” he remarked.

“Now, I’m not saying we know that for sure, but it’s entirely possible Smith could have then gone to Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, and said, ‘Oh, we can’t let this happen, you’ve got to bring the hammer down on Bret Baier.’ I’m not saying we know that, but I’m saying there is enough suspicion that there should be an internal investigation into this whole thing.”

FULL: Fox News is now too anti-Christian for some right-wing activists [Raw Story]

And then Megyn Kelly and I went to get our nails done.

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Anti-equality conservative admits GLAAD CAP is 'smart' and 'effective'

by Jeremy Hooper

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Brandon McGinley, a senior staffer with the Pennsylvania Family Institute who also writes for a number of conservative (and largely anti-LGBT) publications, has admitted that GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project (which I created with a small team at GLAAD) is "smart" and "effective" strategy:

When a people is as risk-averse in political posturing as we are, the movement most willing to exact a personal price for opposition will win. This explains the American elite’s newfound passion for LGBT rights. The movement carefully worked to make it socially embarrassing to hold traditional views of sexual morality. For example, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has created an Index Librorum Prohibitorum, but for public commentators. The point is to shame and marginalize their opponents. It’s smart, cynical, and effective.

If there’s one thing an elite hates, it’s embarrassment. (The second thing an elite hates is risk.) With the support of this elite, “homophobia” is becoming just as much a blasphemy as real blasphemy has ever been in this country.

And Brandon's quite right about the "smart" and "effective" parts. Although he's quite wrong about GLAAD CAP being "cynical."

As I've repeated ad nauseam in the years since GLAAD CAP launched, the project is made up of nothing more than the subjects' own words. The people who are in the project are there because they have made enough of a public profile for themselves that they either are or, in an increasing number of cases, were relevant media figures who popped up in statewide and national media outlets for the purposes of fighting LGBT rights. Each profile is a one-pager that contains a simple quote from the subject's own pen or lips, which is always linked out to its source material.

If the subjects are embarrassed by these words, then they shouldn't have written or spoken them. If the subjects feel "shame," then it's likely because their attack lines were shameful. If they find themselves marginalized—and I've made it clear that I do think many, if not most, anti-LGBT pundits are now operating on the margins—then it's their own doing. It is not cynical for an LGBT rights group to document the words that their often handsomely paid opposition uses to attack their freedoms. In fact it's the opposite. Documenting your opponents' own rhetoric means you do believe they are sincere and that they want to be judged by their own words and volume levels. What is cynical is accusing the LGBT rights group of being self-interested and contemptuous for doing little more than amplifying someone else's chosen messaging.

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*NOTE: I stopped working on GLAAD CAP at the end of 2014. But when I made that choice in May of '14, my one request was for the project to go on. I trust that it will continue to thrive.

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01/25/2015

You know what's not presidential? Like at all?

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 At 10.03.22 PmAnswer: Suggesting that vendors who have a problem with a minority population might put some form of poison in said minority population's baked goods if they get too uppity with their desire for nondiscrimination in public accommodation:

[Ben] Carson also criticized political correctness as he answered a question about gay marriage — and followed up by flaunting decorum with the type of comment that endears him with the base but could hurt his cross-party appeal.

"What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say 'they're discriminating against me.' So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let's bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don't believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake," he said to chuckles from some of his staff and dead silence from the journalists in the room.

FULL: Ben Carson pulls crowd to its feet [The Hill]

HA. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. You see, the kicker is that the loving lesbians just wanted peaceful service of the kind that the business owner put up a shingle to offer, yet the business owner opted to instead murder the couple. Via poisoning. Their wedding cake. Oh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

Ugh.

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