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'Traditional Marriage' Organization's Leader Launches Personal Scarf Crusade to Take Rainbow Symbol Back from Gays


Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the NOM-Affiliated Ruth Institute, is trying to get the rainbow back from gays. She says:

"Proposition 8 was passed by a great grassroots coalition that included people from all across the religious traditions, and also people of every race and color," Morse recognizes. "We are the real rainbow coalition. The gay lobby does not own the rainbow."

She tells OneNewsNow that she wore a rainbow-colored scarf to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Proposition 8 as a statement to signify that supporters of traditional marriage still own the symbol.

"We can't simply let that go by. Families put rainbows in their children's nurseries. Little Christian preschools will have rainbows...Noah's Ark and all the animals.... Those are great Christian symbols, great Jewish symbols," the Ruth Institute president points out.

I agree with Dan Savage, who writes: "Let's make a deal: give us our full civil equality—repeal DOMA, let us marry legally in all fifty states, end DADT, pass ENDA, stop torturing gay kids to death—and we'll let you have your f**king rainbows back."

I managed to track down a photo of Morse standing outside the courtroom on December 6 and as you can see, her "rainbow scarf" is a major FAIL. Sorry lady, that doesn't look like any rainbow flag I've ever seen. If you really want to throw down you're going to have to get more Gilbert Baker than that.

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  1. No! Not the rainbow flag! Please don't take the rainbow flag! OMG, next they will be taking Cher and the anal sex away from us too!

    Posted by: shocked | Dec 17, 2010 9:31:15 AM

  2. I'm with Dan Savage on this one. Perfectly stated.

    What stupid, stupid people. Of all the things in the world to get all uptight about...

    Posted by: The Milkman | Dec 17, 2010 9:40:25 AM

  3. Time to get out the pink triangle. We OWN that.

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 17, 2010 9:42:11 AM

  4. OH COME ON!

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 17, 2010 9:54:52 AM

  5. Seriously, these people need to find something better to do with their lives. I mean, what about helping the homeless or something a bit more productive.

    Posted by: Todd in NYC | Dec 17, 2010 9:57:22 AM

  6. they just do not get it - we all are represented in the rainbow - gay, bi and straight

    they just NEED to project that they are superior to others (shh deep down inside they do not like themselves - which is why they NEED to say they are superior)

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 17, 2010 10:04:07 AM

  7. Clearly her husband's tie says that he's not gay, and that he doesn't believe in the same cause as his wife.

    Posted by: Alpha | Dec 17, 2010 10:05:46 AM

  8. Andy the Ruth Institute is not "affiliated" it is fronted by and part of the NOM. Calling it "affiliated" makes it seems like a whole different group of people who just have ties to NOM instead of being a part of NOM

    We need to start exposing these umbrella groups for what they are because they were originally created to make the number of anti-gay groups seem larger and thier hate more pronounced by more people.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 17, 2010 10:08:35 AM

  9. Deeply, deeply stupid.

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 17, 2010 10:11:21 AM

  10. Just because they say they want it back, doesn't mean it will happen. It has been a symbol for gays etc for such a long time. But I agree with DS, perhaps we should make a deal, every gay everywhere in this planet will get full civil equality and then the flag is theirs. Sounds fine to me.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 17, 2010 10:12:39 AM

  11. Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha! Nice try!

    Posted by: alex | Dec 17, 2010 10:14:12 AM

  12. Well, you can't argue with the woman for wearing something that distracts attention from her face.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Dec 17, 2010 10:15:35 AM

  13. Sorry dearie, that scarf screams:

    "Please put your trays in an upright position in preparation for take-off."

    Posted by: Windy | Dec 17, 2010 10:28:49 AM

  14. hahahaha we should reappropriate the cross in "creative" ways and see how she responds.

    Posted by: 11 | Dec 17, 2010 10:35:20 AM

  15. @JusticeontheRocks: And yet it draws MAJOR attention to her saggy boobs.


    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Dec 17, 2010 10:38:19 AM

  16. Yellow, pink, red and blue with black stripes. I guess she thinks that's what all the gay women are wearing.

    Dan Savage said it very well. I actually find it quite hilarious when I hear anti-gay religious fanatics complaining that we took the word gay away from them, and we took the rainbow away from them. They're so repressed that they become terrified of anything associated with homosexuality.
    My university had a "blue jeans day" on which they advertised that gay people would be wearing blue jeans. One ignoramus who wore blue jeans 364 days a year was in grey sweatpants that day and told me "I don't have any problem with gays, I just don't want anyone to influence what I wear, that's all."
    The day was really about exposing the ignorance of people who were so scared of catching "the ghey" and it obviously worked. They were as scared of blue jeans that day as they have become afraid of rainbows or singing "make the yuletide gay."

    Posted by: GregV | Dec 17, 2010 10:39:31 AM

  17. They can have the rainbow flag. It's stupid outdated symbol. The gas desperately need to be rebranded from these antiquated passive 1970's symbols.

    Posted by: Blue | Dec 17, 2010 10:51:52 AM

  18. It seems the depth of their selfishness knows no bounds. They really do want it all. They seem to forget, that just because gay people weren't as open about their sexual orientation in bygone era's, doesn't mean we didn't exist. We've been around since the advent of mankind. Truth be known, it was probably a gay person who first introduced color into an otherwise drab human existance. So try as they might, they will never take back that which was never theirs in the first place.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 17, 2010 10:54:56 AM

  19. I thought old people already claimed the rainbow. I see it as an "easy to spot" strap on all of their luggage at baggage claim.

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 17, 2010 11:00:30 AM

  20. The anti-same-sex marriage mission of NOM's Ruth Institute supposedly is to "make marriage cool" by promoting the idea of lifelong, committed opposite-sex marriage.

    First, what same-sex marriage has to do with opposite-sex marriage being cool or not is news to me. One has no influence on the other, Doctor!

    Second, since Dr. Morse and the Ruth Institute obviously are failing big time at their stated mission (see US divorce rates), it seems she's now trying to making fashion cool by adopting the gay rainbow symbol into every possible piece of clothing.

    Ignorance simply knows no bounds. These people are boundless.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 17, 2010 11:11:03 AM

  21. Well, these cold and restrictive groups co-opted the warm and inclusive word, "family", so they should give that back.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 17, 2010 11:13:11 AM

  22. Maybe she should become a martyr of her scarf campaign and 'accidentally' strangle herself with it. No, I'm not advocating murder or suicide, I'm just putting it out there as an option.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 17, 2010 11:14:52 AM

  23. Hey! I'll send this woman a FREE rainbow flag scarf if she promises to wear it! Let her walk around downtown and get called faggot or dyke. Or even worse, get beat up because people think she is gay. Maybe that will knock some sense into her.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 17, 2010 11:38:06 AM

  24. Hey, they want rainbows - great!

    I can not wait to see little rainbow flag stickers on their cars, flags waving proudly in their front yards and their children wearing little rainbow rings and jewelery at school. Each and every one of them purchased from little gay businesses all over the nation.

    Yup, rainbows everywhere - just like US!

    Posted by: Greywolf | Dec 17, 2010 11:41:23 AM

  25. I don't know, that scarf doesn't look so much like a rainbow to me.

    But really, I'd be perfectly willing to sacrifice the rainbow for equal rights.

    Posted by: db | Dec 17, 2010 11:46:56 AM

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