1. justme says

    “She will continue to write on the issue but will no longer speak publicly.”

    It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with her not wanting to lie to Congress or having her “argument” and “facts” easily disproved, could it?

    Of course she’s not testifying. Why would a member of the Anti-Gay Industry want to hurt their own business by being exposed as a liar?

  2. ChP12 says

    Was Senator Grassly under oath when he made the statement? I don’t think there was a real person scheduled to testify but he used “her” to make an accusation against opponents of DOMA.

  3. Dan says

    I wonder if Gandhi or Rosa Parks ever backed down like this? What a courageous crusader for truth.

  4. brijodev says

    Afraid to testify because of threats, huh? That’s still better than being afraid of getting beat up while walking down the street minding your own business just because someone doesn’t consider you “normal”. But yeah, Maggie, you’re the victim.

  5. sjorgl says

    The life of a bigot is so hard!
    Isn’t the more likely explanation: she didn’t want her testimony to be filmed and thus preserved for eternity.
    Or, perhaps the pink sweater set was at the cleaners.

  6. StillmarriedinCA says

    Show us the DOMA supporters and other right wing bigots who have been beaten, permanently disfigured, murdered, and driven to suicide by the “vicious equal rights supporters”….. I’m waiting.
    On the other hand……

  7. Timzilla says

    Mags has no problem peddling her lies and appealing to people’s fears and prejudices where she is not under oath and can’t be cross examined. She won’t appear because her biased claims and indefensible views cannot withstand any real public examination of the facts. You will never see any of these cowardly DOMA supporters put themselves in the true light of day to have their bigotry examined. This the same pathetic argument they made during the Prop. 8 trial to keep the testimonial evidence from public view.

  8. Gus says

    Since it was read by a Republican Senator for Ms. G:

    “Not intended to be a truthful statement.”

  9. JKM says

    PROOF…I would like to see proof to substantiate these “threats” to her safety and the safety of anyone she knows. I suspect like most anything that falls from her mouth or that she writes…it’s all a pack of lies.

  10. Married in MA says

    I donno. Usually, Maggie is not worried about making a fool of herself. However, maybe she was afraid of being cross-examined. She is not afraid for her safety.

  11. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    @justme: That’s exactly why she declined to appear. She’s smart enough to avoid lying under oath, and all witnesses at today’s hearing were sworn in.

    She’d have been happy to appear if she could have done so without taking an oath to tell the truth.

  12. The Milkman says

    I’ll be the British said similar things about Americans in the 18th century. Any group that’s vociferously demanding their equal treatment under the civil law and ridiculing their oppressors look like a mob to those who would deny their equal humanity. To those who believe in equality, that mob looks more like a majority of the American people.

  13. Craig says

    I’m guessing it’s not maggie. She’s never had a problem promoting her bigotry. She would be happy to be the grand marshal of a bigot pride parade.

  14. anon says

    I think the proof has to come from the pro-DOMA side because there is no real justification for the law. The only benefit it provided at the time was to stop Newt Gingrich from introducing the FMA, which might have passed.

  15. bobbyjoe says

    The GOP and professional bigots like Maggie might want to rethink the strategy of pretending to be shivering and quaking in fear at the thought of getting beaten up by gays. Somehow I don’t think that’s gonna play well out there in America, even with the homophobes.

  16. J. Page says

    “She will continue to write (publicly) on the issue but will no longer speak publicly.”

    …That way she does not have to logically argue her reasoning with people who do not think and act as she does.

    So difficult being the martyr these days.

  17. jim says

    “she will no longer speak publicly”–well that obviously rules out Maggie the Mouth. Who can it BE?

  18. Douglas says

    boohoo….name me ONE person who has ever been injured or killed by a gay rights supporter? yet we have hundreds of examples of LGBT people who are injured or killed every year by those who hate us and yet we still stand up and demand our rights!!!!

  19. ohplease says

    @Anon, that is a lie that Hillary Clinton used in her Presidential campaign.

    The FMA was not on the table when President Clinton signed DOMA, it wasn’t even a concept. If anything, passing DOMA emboldened the Republicans to take their bigotry even further.

    Besides, you don’t appease bigots at the start of their attempts to destroy Americans through bigotry as a strategy of stopping their bigotry. That makes no sense whatsoever.

    What you claim simply did not happen, although the Clintons — neither of whom support marriage equality to this day, even though their own marriage is a sham — want you to believe it did.

  20. ichabod says

    “She will continue to write on the issue but will no longer speak publicly.”

    Always easier to spew hate when you’re hiding under a rock…

  21. Andrew says

    So this fantasy person either doesn’t exist or is a pussy. If you really believe in something then step forward and present your case.

  22. Vic says

    She’s so terrified of threats and intimidation that she’ll continue to publish on the subject under her own name. Makes sense.

  23. Rob says

    Who is going to mention FRC and NOM’s most significant financial supporter, the Knights of Columbus, which is to say the Catholic Church? Where is the indignation at the intrusion of organized religion into government? Especially THAT organized religion…they should be sued under the RICO statutes based on their pedophilia and other crimes against humanity.

  24. Steve says

    The only threat to any witness to these senate hearings is the threat of being exposed as a liar. Oh — and perhaps the threat of being prosecuted for perjury.

    This wouldn’t be the first time that Maggie refused to testify under oath.