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Watch: Clips from Last Week's Offensive 'Defending Marriage' Hearing


Last week I said I would try to get some clips up of the offensive "Defending Marriage" hearing that was held before the House Judiciary Committee. With thanks to the Wonk Room, here they are.

Trent Franks (R-AZ) led the hearing, at which NOM's MAggie Gallagher and conservative attorney Ed Whelan spewed their anti-gay, and often plain wrong, statistics about marriage. Thankfully, Reps. John Conyers, and Jerrold Nadler were there to ad some sanity to the debate.


Watch: GetEQUAL Confronts Maggie Gallagher Before 'Defending Marriage' Hearing [tr]

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  1. Maggie looks like she smells of desperation and gouda cheese, retched person.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Apr 18, 2011 8:14:53 AM

  2. Cows don't know logic.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 18, 2011 8:19:22 AM

  3. i feel dirty having watched that.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 18, 2011 8:21:04 AM

  4. It's that last statement from Maggie about ~"I don't think it's just about marriage for gays...they are trying to lay a foundation for other things!" that shows her real hand here. Hers and most of the others who oppose equal rights for gays/lesbians for marriage rights.

    They *are* motivated by animosity towards us, and they can't deny it when they admit that our marriages don't affect theirs (or effect them either!), and that they think this is only a stepping stone to further suppression of the straights and their lifestyles and even religion and the foundation of America, Christianism....

    Someone needs to collect all these statements in video form and show them for the hypocrites and bigots that they are.

    Posted by: Robert in SF | Apr 18, 2011 8:28:43 AM

  5. I wish that Maggie Gallagher would focus less of her time on the "gay agenda" and moreso on something she can directly relate to, like the epidemic of obesity in America.

    Posted by: Almonst | Apr 18, 2011 8:39:57 AM

  6. What an ignorant, mewling sow.

    Posted by: tpow | Apr 18, 2011 9:36:45 AM

  7. These arguments are so easy to debunk, even without ever mentioning marriage equality, because, if marriage is solely about procreation:

    1) Every person must undergo extensive fertility testing (at their own expense, of course) before they can get married.

    2) Every couple must have a child within a specific period of time. If you want to wait awhile, forget it; if you're just slow to kindle, forget it...the marriage will be resolved to protect its sanctity.

    3) Every widow or widower must immediately remarry, or the child shoulld be removed from the home.

    4) If you get pregnant out-of-wedlock, you must marry before the baby is born, or the child will be removed.

    Of course, those poor single-parent children won't langish in orphanages or foster homes, because there will be plenty of childless couples waiting in line to adopt...oh, wait, under Maggie's system, there *won't* be any childless couples...

    It's telling that Maggie herself couldn't argue a coherent point...

    Posted by: Talisman | Apr 18, 2011 9:44:27 AM

  8. What a sad bunch of losers. Why do they see gay marriage as an attack on straight marriage? No one wants to deny them their right to marry.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Apr 18, 2011 10:12:06 AM

  9. Hmm. So they think that homosexuality is a defect?

    Question: Have they looked in the mirror?

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Apr 18, 2011 11:07:59 AM

  10. If they want to make marriage about Responsible Procreation, then pass legislation that demands fertility tests for all couples before marriage licenses are granted.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 18, 2011 3:47:32 PM

  11. @Sean: Please, don't offend the cows.

    Posted by: W | Apr 18, 2011 6:15:44 PM

  12. Cows are for eating. Not politics.

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Apr 18, 2011 7:45:28 PM

  13. Has anyone found or been able to listen to this as an mp3? I'd like to hear the whole thing on my commute, but I've been unable to download the weird wvx format it's in.

    Posted by: DannyI | Apr 19, 2011 3:19:52 AM

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