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Video: Transparency their Achilles heel, CWA opts for one-sideness

by Jeremy Hooper

This is a video clip that the Concerned Women For America are prominently running on their organizational website:

An interesting presenation. But ya know, when dealing with political matters that drastically affect millions of Americans' lives, we've always found it more honest, balanced, and conducive to the national health to, oh, I don't know -- ACTUALLY SHOW THE ARGUMENTS THAT YOU ARE OPPOSING! Call us crazy (in favor of discussion rather than dogma).

Our love of disclosure is precisely why we will now show you the full CNN transcript, filling in the considerable holes within the vanity clip that Wendy's disseminating:

MARTIN: Well, the big question, is he just trying to boost support for a party in trouble? And will Republicans really consider such a fundamental shift in direction?

Let's bring the issue to the front burner. Charles Moran is a spokesman with the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian members of the GOP. That's the group Schmidt spoke to today. He's in Washington, along with Wendy Wright, who is president of the conservative group Concerned Women For America, which opposes same-sex marriage.

And I want to deal with you, Wendy. What Steve Schmidt is saying, frankly, a radical idea for the GOP. Smart move on his part?

WENDY WRIGHT, SENIOR POLICY DIRECTOR, CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA: Well, on the same day that Steve Schmidt's candidate lost, and every state in which the marriage amendment was on the ballot won. In Florida, 62 percent of voters voted to protect marriage.

In California, 70 percent of blacks, most of them Democrat, voted to define marriage as between one woman and one woman.


MARTIN: Wendy, I will say this here. The initial report was 70 percent, but later it came out to be about 58 percent. But go right ahead with your comment.

WRIGHT: No, no, no, I said 70 percent of blacks.


MARTIN: Right. I mean African-Americans, yes.

WRIGHT: And there are two main reasons why every time this is put up to a vote for the people that people define marriage as between one man and one woman.

That's because they understand marriage is a unique bond between a man and a woman that provides children with the benefits of both sexes, male and female. The second reason is that people learned about the real world consequences of allowing same-sex marriage, the threats and punishments to religious freedom and parental rights.

In Massachusetts, which allows same-sex marriage, a father who simply asked a school to inform him before his kindergarten-age child was taught about homosexuality, he was arrested and jailed. In Massachusetts, those who perform weddings, they provide services, they threaten being arrested if they don't participate in same-sex ceremonies.

MARTIN: Wendy, one second. I want to quickly go to Charles.

Charles, here you have Steve Schmidt. He's worked with Karl Rove, President George W. Bush, a number of Republicans. Because of his resume, does he bring credibility to the table when it comes to this issue?

CHARLES MORAN, LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS: He absolutely brings some credibility.

And thank you again for having us on tonight.

Wendy, you need to stop spreading these lies and mistruths and deceptions of what gay marriage means in America. It's high time that this country, like Steve Schmidt articulated today and other GOP conservatives are saying about moving ahead and looking forward and really talking about what marriage is.

It's a relationship. It's a bond between two people. And it's about respecting the true conservative values of having the right to make the decisions for yourself and what works for your family, vs. having somebody else make them for you.

That's the true conservative side to it. That's what Steve Schmidt was talking about today. That's what we're hearing from Meghan McCain and a lot of Republicans around the country, who are saying it's high time that the Republican Party say, oh, well, we want freedom for our guns and our pocketbook, but we need to have government in there telling us what we should be doing in our bedroom.

MARTIN: Charles and Wendy, I want to play something else Steve Schmidt said earlier today.


SCHMIDT: I believe, and I think most Americans believe, you are born with your sexuality. It is not a choice.

It should offend us as Republicans and Americans when gays are denigrated as un-American or undeserving of the government's protection of their rights.

And the Republican Party should give voice to genuine outrage when anyone belittles the humanity of another person. It is offensive in the extreme to the values of this nation. And we should be in the forefront of rejecting such truly un-American prejudice.

MARTIN: Hey, Wendy, that sounded like a strong rebuke for social conservatives like yourself.

WRIGHT: Well, religious freedom and parental rights are core American values that cross political parties. We are born male and female. And we choose the sexual behavior, the sexual acts that we will engage in.

And it's really the kind of -- that's kind of hateful talk we're hearing from the other guest, from Steve Schmidt. And that's why I think we're now seeing people who are -- who see the true face of the homosexual movement, that, in fact, they do threaten and punish people who don't agree with them.


MARTIN: Charles, real quick, how do you build on the speech today? What is next?

MORAN: Well, what's next is continuing to take our message to small-town and mainstream America, taking the message out of some of the big cities and really showcasing that gay rights are equal rights, and that this is the future of America.

And really we have got the tide going for us. Just the other day, there was a "GQ" article from my elite -- obviously, the chairman of the Republican National Committee talking about how, you know, his decision to be black is just like having the decision to be gay.

At the end of the day, this is -- this argument that we're hearing over and over again about it's sexual behavior, sexual choice, it's not a choice. It's who we are. And all we're asking for is the government to stop providing some privileges to some and denying them to others.

MARTIN: Charles Moran, Wendy Wright, we certainly appreciate it. Thanks a bunch. .

WRIGHT: Thank you.

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"WRIGHT:...And it's really the kind of -- that's kind of hateful talk we're hearing from the other guest, from Steve Schmidt. And that's why I think we're now seeing people who are -- who see the true face of the homosexual movement, that, in fact, they do threaten and punish people who don't agree with them. "

When in his speech did Steve Schmidt threaten those who don't agree with him in his speech?

Posted by: Piper | Apr 25, 2009 9:53:17 PM

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