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NOM makes bold allegation about Oregon's Attorney General, promptly deletes it

by Jeremy Hooper

This bold claim no longer appears on NOM's blog. The anti-gay group (with no Oregon ties) deleted it just a short time after posting it:

[post was here]

Why the cold feet, NOM?


**A few more things: The AG's name is Rosenblum, not Rosenberg. And here are NOM's filings that they mention in the now-scrubbed post:

14-35427 Public Records Request Production by Equality Case Files

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NOM, Focus on the Family, FRC to help elect more Democrats in November

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage loves to talk about its efforts in New York state in 2012 and how it supposedly destroyed pro-equality Republicans in that election. But what they never talk about is how they actually helped to elect more Democrats, since the anti-equality Republicans they put up to challenge the moderates mostly lost their races, handing the edge over to pro-equality Democrats. Many local Republicans in that state (my state) were really annoyed with what the out-of-state NOM did in that cycle.

But NOM, being the really corrosive special interest group that it is, is back to do the same thing in other states, and this time they have the extremely anti-gay Focus on the Family and Family Research Council to help them. And this time, it's openly gay Republicans who they are largely targeting:

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 At 10.48.56 AmWashington, DC — Three of the nation's top pro-family groups have announced an unprecedented campaign against three top Republican candidates for federal office because the candidates are supporters of same-sex 'marriage' and abortion. The National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council Action and CitizenLink announced they will urge voters not to support Republican House candidates Carl DeMaio (CA-52) and Richard Tisei (MA-6), and will urge Oregon voters not to support US Senate candidate Monica Wehby.

"The Republican Party platform is a 'statement of who we are and what we believe.' Thus, the platform supports the truth of marriage as the union of husband and wife, and recognizes the sanctity and dignity of human life. This is what Republicans believe," said Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). "It is extremely disappointing to see Republican leaders in Washington help push the election of candidates who reject the party's principled positions on these and other core issues. We cannot sit by when people calling themselves Republicans seek high office while espousing positions that are antithetical to the overwhelming majority of Republicans."

Prominent Pro-Family Organizations Announce Campaign To Oppose Republican Candidates In Three Top Races Because Of Their Support For Same-sex 'Marriage' and Abortion [NOM]

This sort of thing should scare the elephant crap out of pragmatic Republicans. This is what will destroy the party in the next national election and likely for years and years to come. As the demographics shift, groups like NOM and FRC and FotF become even more out of touch—yet more strident about their stranglehold on what it means to be a Republican.

It is the kind of sh*t show that will annihilate that party as we have long known it. And here I am without popcorn.

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Can you honestly assess anything, Tony Perkins? #VVS14

by Jeremy Hooper

Reacting to an ad that has clearly struck a nerve, Tony Perkins (/his ghostwriter) writes the following. Pay particular attention to the part I've highlighted:

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Nice attempt to turn it around on Dan, Tony (/Tony's ghostwriter). But in truth, the ad makes *no such claim* about Tony Perkins' personal assessments of Dan Savage. Instead, the ad mentions a claim that the Family Research Council, in a letter signed by one Tony Perkins, once made about the It Gets Better project, the anti-bullying campaign that Dan co-created:

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[National LGBT org letter]

Here is that fundraising pitch, Tony, in case your memory has lapsed:

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I know it's both easier and commonplace in far-right circles to ignore the substance of the pushback and instead pull a "hey look over there," but it's not going to work this time, Tony. You have spent over ten years now saying atrocious things about LGBT people, with a large focus on the most vulnerable among us: children.

Your aggressive anti-gay agenda is what's disgusting, Tony—and people are catching on.


*Tony does this really awkward thing on his radio show where he reads his Washington Update column as if it's off the cuff commentary. He did that today, except he also called Dan "vile":

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In which I give NOM a more insightful Bill Owens quote

by Jeremy Hooper

The anti-gay National Organization For Marriage is running this new attempt at a photo meme featuring one of its affiliate leaders, Rev. Bill Owens:

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 At 12.24.41 Pm [SOURCE: NOM]

Oh, but we can do so much better when it comes to quoting Owens. Here's my "favorite":


Oh no, you're not a bully, Mr. Owens. You just compare gay people to those who have sex with bulls. What a civil rights legacy!!

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A look at three #VVS14 breakout sessions

by Jeremy Hooper

In an August radio appearance, Tami Fitzgerald insisted that all of the world's gay people are "defying what they were created to be," echoing similar comments she has made in the past. She will be speaking at one of the upcoming Values Voter Summit's breakout sessions:

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Joseph Farah has insisted that marriage equality, which he calls "one of the most radical ideas considered since child sacrifice," will quickly bring down America. Janet Porter, who has become so fringe that even most of the anti-LGBT groups won't align themselves with her these days, has pushed for a nationwide GOP platform that promotes so-called "ex-gay" therapy. Rick Scarborough insists that AIDS is God's punishment for homosexuality. These three will headline another breakout session:

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Don Wildmon, whose American Family Association is a cosponsor of the Values Voter Summit, will headline a third panel. This is how Don Wildmon has described his AFA's agenda against homosexuality:


--The scripture declares that homosexuality is unnatural and sinful. It is a sin grievous to God and repulsive to Christians because it rejects God's design for mankind as heterosexual beings.

--Though there may be many influences in a person's life, the root of homosexuality is a sinful heart. Therefore, homosexuals have only one hope of being reconciled to God and rejecting their sinful behavior - faith in Jesus Christ alone. AFA seeks to use every opportunity to promote and encourage the efforts of ex-homosexual ministries and organizations.

--It is the duty of individual Christians and Christ's Church corporately to bring the gospel to homosexuals and to speak out against the acceptance of sin in our culture.

--We oppose the homosexual movement's efforts to convince our society that their behavior is normal because we fear the judgement of God on our nation.

--The homosexual movement is a progressive outgrowth of the sexual revolution of the past 40 years and will lead to the normalization of even more deviant behavior.

--The homosexual movement's promotion of same-sex marriage undermines the God-ordained institution of marriage and family which is the foundation of all societies.

--We oppose the efforts of the homosexual movement to force its agenda on our sentiments in schools, government, business and workplaces through law, public policy and media. Our strong opposition is a reaction to the homosexual movement's aggressive strategies.

--We oppose the effort to convince our culture that because individuals participate in homosexual behavior, they have earned the right to be protected like racial and other minority groups.
Defining The Gay Agenda[GLAAD]

Mr. Wildmon will be leading yet another VVS panel, alongside Ed Vitagliano, an AFA colleague who recently equated homosexuality with blindness or paralysis and Buddy Smith, a man who claims that "those who are caught in this trap of homosexuality are in the clasp of Satan and they need to know the truth:"

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It is impossible to be more anti-gay than this. And yet at the Values Voter Summit, it is what passes as expert testimony. These are the people who lead the sessions that are meant to inspire the attendees.

And the national GOP is right there, with some of the brightest Republican stars lending a hearty endorsement. Sad affairs, elephant party.

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LGBT orgs let GOP know just how awful #VVS14 really is

by Jeremy Hooper

Considering Tony Perkins, the exceedingly anti-LGBT head of the organization that hosts the Values Voter Summit, has touted his personal friendship with Reince Priebus, I don't expect the GOP chair to actually use the annual conference's 2014 edition (which will be held in the nation's capital this weekend) to make a strong and overdue point about homo hostility and how the Republican party would be better off if it finally moved beyond it. However, I very much applaud national LGBT orgs for trying:


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Video: Aggressively anti-gay single man Stacy Swimp is going to save marriage, destroy the NAACP

by Jeremy Hooper

Stacy Swimp is a very anti-gay man who embraces his condemnation of homosexuality. And now he, an unmarried man working in tandem with the fringe conservative Thomas More Law Center and activists like "ex-gay" Janet Boynes, is going to save the "traditional marriage" fight for his side while also destroying the pro-gay NAACP in the process. It's unclear how he's going to do this, but the first stop is this airport Marriott:

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Phyllis Schlafly: It's 'not just the gays' who murdered the American family

by Jeremy Hooper

Phyllis Schlafly has written a new book (published by WorldNetDaily) titled Who Killed the American Family? But don't get the wrong idea, "the gays"—we didn't perform this murder all by ourselves. See, in an email promoting her book, Ms. Schlafly admits we had some accomplices in this familial homicide:

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Who Killed The American Family? [TX Eagle Forum]

Yes, that is where Ms. Schafly's long held and wrongheaded career has taken her: she is literally now playing "culture war" Clue in hopes of determining who, other than "the gays" of course, has marked the American family for death. She has appointed herself the detective; the rest of us are all in the harsh light of the interrogation seat hoping to prove that our families are, in fact, decent enough to answer Inspector Schafly's morally superior questioning.

But if you ask me, Phyl should start by questioning the man on her own book jacket:

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I know the idea is that this guy is all depressed because the gays and accomplices destroyed his apparently fragile bond to his wife and children. But to me, it looks like he actually spent the day chopping down family trees for sport and now he's checking that the evidence sunk to the bottom of the rocky lake. And no, I don't buy whatever tearful please he makes on the local news. He did it. Stop protecting him, Phyl!

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Beheadings, loving marriages make AFA writer wonder where God is

by Jeremy Hooper

In a piece for the aggressively anti-gay American Family Association, Digital Media Editor Ray Rooney Jr. runs down some of the things that make him stop and question whether God's eye is even focused on Earth. In one paragraph, he lumps together barbaric beheadings with, um, well—here, take a look:

Militant Islam has declared war on all Jews and Christians but our civic and religious leaders keep telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion. This, despite the fact that videos showing the barbaric beheading of Americans and other Westerners by Islamists has become almost routine. The practice of homosexuality continues to split Christian churches and denominations. Activist judges with little or no understanding or regard for the Constitution continue to undo the will of Americans who have consistently voted to protect biblical and traditional marriage at the ballot box.

Emotions rise up within me quite often causing me to wonder where God is...

KEEP READING: Where Are You God? [AFA]

It takes an American Family Association staffer to link together the horrors of the newspaper's most graphic world news with the happiness of its wedding announcements. Even your run-of-the-mill opponent of same-sex marriage would shy away from putting Neil Patrick Harris' recent wedding in the same paragraph of horribles with those nightmarish videos to which we have become sadly accustomed. But at the AFA, that's just another day at the office. An executioner's sword? An officiants' gold bands? Tomato, tomahto.

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Video: A reminder that marriage equality won't silence spineless anti-gay a*holes

by Jeremy Hooper

You know what's a horrible thing to do? Scream at a couple when they are in the middle of their wedding ceremony.

You know what's a true blight on our social fabric? Anti-gay hostility.

You know how anti-gay hostility is typically delivered? In a cowardly way.

Put the three together and you have the basis of this news report out of California:

(h/t: Towleroad)

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