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Maggie Gallagher: 'Marriage Advocates are Energized' After Maine


Maggie Gallagher clucks to the Catholic News Agency over the bigot victory in Maine ,

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  1. Notice Gallagher's use of the term "they." It's yet another right-wing attempt to portray the LGBT community as "the other," not like "the rest of us," and deserving of less respect and fewer rights than the majority. Not particularly Christian on Gallagher's part of that of the Catholic Church. Their view is "we have something you will never have." In time, I have faith they will be proved wrong.

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 8, 2009 6:37:43 PM

  2. I'm sure the dinosaurs also thought they were going to be okay just after that asteroid hit. Your movement's hateful days are as numbered as surely as theirs were.

    Posted by: Alexander | Nov 8, 2009 6:50:14 PM

  3. Wow.. man is she the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my whole fucking life. Inside and out.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Nov 8, 2009 6:54:37 PM

  4. bitch

    Posted by: DruggyBear | Nov 8, 2009 7:06:18 PM

  5. Please don't refer to these people as 'marriage advocates' in your headlines, or in article text. Please don't quote lines from them where they refer to themselves as 'marriage advocates'.

    Anyone who works to deny a group of people the right to marry can in no way be considered a 'marriage advocate'. You do a grave disservice to those fighting for marriage equality by allowing NOM and other hate groups to be labeled as advocates for marriage.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 8, 2009 7:24:20 PM

  6. A sick and very sad individual.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Nov 8, 2009 7:33:06 PM

  7. who knew ms. swan was such a cunt. Anyway, that'll do, pig, that'll do.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 8, 2009 7:38:34 PM

  8. Maggie is energized by anger and Twinkies.

    Posted by: freddy | Nov 8, 2009 7:41:11 PM

  9. What Maggie fails to realize is that the old bigots who turn out to vote against marriage equality aren't going to be around forever. Young voters overwhelmingly see same-sex marriage as a non-issue and support equality, and the day will come when they make up the voting majority. Then no amount of fear-based and lie-filled TV ads will help the NOM crowd. It's only a matter of time.

    Posted by: FH | Nov 8, 2009 8:01:21 PM

  10. Enjoy it while it lasts, Maggie, because you're on the wrong side of history and your time will end. (And there will be this lovely historical record of what a cold-hearted demon you are.) She's not quite right about her facts, either. Maine isn't all that socially liberal, which is why it took several referendums to get previous gay rights protections through the ignorant people's vote. And civil rights are not historically won via the ballot box. This is a bump in the road, but the momentum is still on our side. Civil rights are won through the courts and the legislature, and we need to persist persist persist. I'll give her this though: she's an open hater, no couching it in tolerance bullshit. Our side could learn some political lessons from the scheming cow.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 8, 2009 8:24:07 PM


    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 8, 2009 8:52:50 PM

  12. disgusting pig

    Posted by: David T | Nov 8, 2009 9:00:31 PM

  13. Maggie will be speaking at Boston College Law School on Monday, November 16th at 3:30pm delivering a talk with the topic "Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?"

    If you are in the Boston area, could be a unique opportunity to ask her about her views.

    Posted by: PS | Nov 8, 2009 9:33:54 PM

  14. i'm continually astounded that they can make cameras so strong as to withstand ugliness of this magnitude.

    Posted by: flucht17 | Nov 8, 2009 9:41:58 PM

  15. MORE from Maggie...

    Posted by: Jasun mark | Nov 8, 2009 10:00:59 PM

  16. She must know she'll eventually lose this battle & just trying to put on a good face. California & Maine passed by not much - 47-48% of the voters rejected it. That would have been unthinkable 10 yrs ago. Our allies is growing, especially among younger people. Although I'm Canadian & same-sex marriage is legal here, I follow the marriage debate in the US closely. I look forward to the day when Gallagher & other bigots will be in the losing end of this debate. Continue to fight.

    Posted by: scar2 | Nov 8, 2009 11:17:42 PM

  17. Do you all actually think same sex marriage is coming soon? It's not. We don't have effective messages, organizing, leadership, or votes either in the states or federally. Republicans aren't helping, and democrat arent helping us either. Whether you like it or not, we are ruled by straight people and we will do as they say until the gay community decides it's time to turn off Glee, America's next top model, True Blood etc. and gets out on the street and into federal and state buildings and starts shutting things down. But due to the gay community's gross apathy and fleeting discontent the day after elections that quickly abates, nothing will change.

    Posted by: Jamey | Nov 9, 2009 12:08:20 AM

  18. and to add to my little rant, I went to a protest on prop 8 last week in Los Angeles and people chanting "what do we want? Equal rights, When do we want them? Now Bitch, followed by giggles and laughter. Now Bitch? No wonder people won't take us seriously when something as serious as this is treated so callously.

    Posted by: Jamey | Nov 9, 2009 12:43:58 AM

  19. The type of expression of popular will that Gallagher represents is the same type that saw nothing wrong with using lynching to publicly humiliate and intimidate black people.

    Posted by: Peter | Nov 9, 2009 1:21:13 AM

  20. Like it or not, everything she said was factually correct.

    Posted by: Asher | Nov 9, 2009 3:58:13 AM

  21. Maggie Gallagher is our generation's Anita Bryant. (I wouldn't waste my time throwing a pie in this Jabba's face -- as soon as she saw it coming she'd probably swallow it whole.) History will remember her as a villian, just as it does Ms. Bryant. It's only a matter of time.

    Posted by: DavidPNYC | Nov 9, 2009 7:19:34 AM

  22. I truly despise this woman

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 9, 2009 7:52:45 AM

  23. Jamey, some of us are capable of watching Glee and staying politically engaged. It's not that hard.

    Which isn't to say that apathy isn't a problem in the gay community, but wholesale dismissal of your own community and our straight allies isn't really helping. Is full marriage equality coming soon? Very unlikely. But there has been progress (how many states had marriage equality 5 years ago?) and there will be more progress soon, if we keep the pressure on in the courts and the legislature.

    And the next generation is already on our side, so Maggie and Co. will in all probability go down in history as the ridiculous last-gaspers they are. She sees the big picture, and she knows she'll eventually lose--her only goal is to try to postpone the inevitable as long as she is able, and she is actually quite good at it, but, as with Anita Bryant, her time will end.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 9, 2009 10:22:36 AM

  24. I sadly have to agree with Jamey. I just don't think marriage is as important issue to every gay person like segregation was to every black person in the 60s. I do think it is a civil rights issue, but sadly isn't one seen as oppressive as segregation was in the 60s or suffrage for women in the early part of the 20th century. The fact is we're a smaller % of the population and a sizable part of the small amount doesn't really care passionately about marriage. Some that don't care about marriage simply care about unequal treatment which is great, but I still think that number is not as high as we'd hope for.

    The fact is in MOST other aspects of our lives, we aren't really treated that differently these days and it makes people apathetic. IF we were segregated or not allowed to vote or arrested and locked up for living openly - we'd probably be more dedicated to the fight for equality.

    I think that is why the message that plays the best for people are the ones that show committed long term gay couples with children who are being treated unequally. We should focus on that message and less on photos of 20 year olds holding signs and yelling "Now bitch." No one looks at these kids and thinks, they are oppressed. Even if that isn't necessarily true.

    Posted by: Sam | Nov 9, 2009 10:27:09 AM

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