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Reporter Goes Undercover at Anti-Gay NOM Conference Meant to Instruct Students to Defend 'Traditional Marriage'

Maza

Equality Matters staffer Carlos Maza went undercover at the weekend-long "It Takes A Family To Raise A Village" (ITAF) conference in San Diego, CA sponsored by NOM's anti-gay Ruth Institute. It's a conference meant to prepare college students to defend "traditional marriage".

Writes Maza:

NOM had spent the entire weekend trying to widen it by teaching...that gays and lesbians - including me - are unstable, dangerous, and unworthy of raising their own families. Despite the promise to focus on "marriage, not gayness," ITAF had been a veritable crash course in demonizing LGBT people.

That's because, for NOM, there really isn't much distance between being "anti-gay marriage" and being "anti-gay" - the latter motivates the former. "Raising the negative on homosexuality," as one NOM memo put it, is a central part of the organization's effort to defeat same-sex marriage. Even Morse recently confessed that NOM's decision to publically attack gay marriage instead of gay people is purely "strategic."

ITAF showcased the kind of anti-gay animus that activists have for years accused NOM of harboring behind closed doors. In the public eye, NOM depicts itself as fair-minded and moderate pro-marriage group. In reality, it's the kind of organization that seeks to train college students to justify anti-gay bigotry by relying on stereotypes, pseudoscience, and a sizable dose of right-wing religious extremism.

His report is full of hideous audio clips. Check it out HERE.


Chick-Fil-A Exposed: $1.1 Million to Anti-LGBT Organizations

Chikfila

Equality Matters traces the money in an in-depth report:

"When two Missouri organizations, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and FOCUS St. Louis, decided earlier this month to cancel a presentation by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy over his company's controversial affiliations, they made the right decision. Although Cathy has unequivocally denied being anti-LGBT and claimed that he and the company have 'no agenda against anyone' and 'will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family,' Equality Matters research proves just the opposite. In fact, the company has strong, deep ties to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and its charitable division has provided more than $1.1 million to organizations that deliver anti-LGBT messages and promote egregious practices like reparative therapy that seek to 'free' people of being gay. "

Investigation Reveals Depth of Chick-Fil-A's Ties to Anti-Gay Causes [equality matters]

Previously...
If You're Eating Chick-Fil-A, You're Eating Anti-Gay [tr]
Chick-fil-A Pres: Providing Food to Anti-Gay Groups Not an Endorsement [tr]
NY Times on Chick-Fil-A; Company Issues Another Statement [tr]
Gay-Hating Chick-Fil-A Mascots Found on WV Street Poles [tr]
Group Cancels Chick-Fil-A President's Appearance at Event [tr]

(image via daily athenaeum)


HRC Suggests President Should Address Bullying, NOT ENDA or Marriage Equality in 'State of the Union' Speech

From a NYT piece in which The Caucus asks leaders of various interest groups around the nation what Obama should say in his State of the Union speech:

Fred Sainz, spokesman for Human Rights Campaign: Hrc

“This past year Americans were confronted with the epidemic of bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people that goes on in our schools. The State of the Union address would be an appropriate time for the President to assert leadership on this moral issue and call on all schools to address the problem head on.”

While bullying is certainly a worthy issue to take on, shouldn't HRC, our nation's largest advocacy group for LGBTs,be challenging the President to take on ENDA, or DOMA and marriage equality - something substantial and civil rights-oriented in the legal sphere?

Or is this what's setting the pace for HRC in 2011?

EqualitymattersRichard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, is more on track imho:

“In order to be the kind of transformational leader he can be, he should show the country the way forth on dismantling the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that the law no longer robs the states of their right to decide the question of marriage, nor deprives lawfully married gay Americans of their federal benefits. That’s the advice I’m giving to all the people I know who might actually influence the speech. If you want to be a leader, this is the speech in which to do it.”


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