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04/19/2007


Maggie Gallagher: We're Going to Lose DOMA and GOP Lawmakers Refuse to Speak Up About It

Politico notes that Republican lawmakers have been completely mute on the Supreme Court's decision to take up DOMA, a law which they've spent close to $2 million  in legal bills defending.

Maggie_gallagherNOM's Maggie Gallagher noticed:

Advocates on both sides of the issue said they’d seen no statements from Republican lawmakers about the court’s decision to take on DOMA and an even more provocative dispute regarding a ban California voters approved on same-sex marriage.

“I’m personally grateful to Speaker Boehner for being willing to defend the law, but it’s clear GOP elites don’t want to talk about it and want to keep it as quiet as possible,” said Maggie Gallagher, a founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a fellow at the conservative American Principles Project. “That’s so obvious, I don’t see any point in pretending otherwise.”

And according to comments left by Gallagher on the Family Scholars site (which is a David Blankenhorn property), she thinks DOMA will be overturned:

"To strike down Prop 8 on 'narrow grounds' proposed by the 9th Circuit is so intellectually dishonest that if that is what the Court wished to do I think they would have refused to hear the case. I think Kennedy will overturn DOMA (perhaps joined by Roberts) and then uphold the right of states to refuse to accept gay marriage (i.e. uphold Prop 8). The victories this November for gay marriage at the polls make that outcome more likely. Justice Kennedy will likely see it as not at all unlikely voters will overturn Prop 8 soon and see that as a much better outcome than constitutionalizing gay marriage."

Adds Jeremy Hooper: "If the legitimacy holds, then this is quite newsworthy. Maggie has been one of DOMA's staunchest defenders (at least in recent years; she initially called it 'timid'). Maggie's beloved National Organization for Marriage has dedicated an entire project to 'defending DOMA.' Regardless of her more hopeful prediction (in her view) on Prop 8—which I, by the way, think is way off the mark both in predicted outcome and in spirit—her concession on this one key agenda item is a pretty major one."


NOM's President Brian Brown Says First-Ever Gay Marriage Ballot Landslide Not a Sign of America's Changing Views

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National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown (seen here weeping after New York's marriage equality passage last July) reacts to yesterday's LGBT equality landslide at the ballot:

Brown"Obviously we are very disappointed in losing four tough election battles by narrow margins. We knew long ago that we faced a difficult political landscape with the four marriage battles occurring in four of the deepest-blue states in America. As our opponents built a huge financial advantage, the odds became even steeper. We ran strong campaigns and nearly prevailed in a very difficult environment, significantly out-performing the GOP ticket in every state.

Despite the fact that NOM was able to contribute a record amount to the campaigns (over $5.5 million), we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one. We were fighting the entirety of the political establishment in most of the states, including sitting governors in three of the states who campaigned heavily for gay marriage. Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case. Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these very liberal states.

Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it. Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback. There is much work to do, and we begin that process now."

Last night, Brown clung to the only "silver lining" the group had left, trumpeting the potential defeat of Stephen Saland, a Republican who had voted for NY's marriage equality bill and the taking of another pro-equality Republican's seat — by two Democrats!

Maggie_gallagherMeanwhile, Maggie Gallagher moans over at the National Review:

Either we figure out how to win a much larger share of the Latino vote or the conservative movement could be over. The “truce” — Rove’s Crossroads strategy — is a clear failure. I think social issues are part, but only part, of a serious effort to appeal to Latino voters. We also need to show them we care about them by doing something about the DREAM Act, and religious conservatives should take the lead on this.

The Obama electorate defeated marriage. I’m guessing we lose at least three of tonight’s four races, and maybe four of the four. We were outspent eight-to-one — and no one was willing to speak for marriage, while the whole Democratic establishment and Hollywood campaigned for marriage. Last night really is a big loss, no way to spin it.

Like dinosaurs after the impact of the meteor, Gallagher and Brown will simply wander, bewildered, looking for desiccated oases of bigotry to drink from until they eventually die off because they just couldn't adapt.


Notre Dame Arts Center Thinks Equality Is 'Mature' And 'Adult'

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Either the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Catholic Notre Dame University anticipates some kind of sexual revolution at an upcoming discussion about marriage equality or the center truly thinks a debate about people's rights crosses the line of decency, because the announcement for the event says that the talk "includes mature or adult content."

Or maybe they're just warning people about National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher, whose lies, to be lobbed at Wayne State University professor John Corvino next Thursday, definitely qualify as "adult content"

Oliver Darcy at Campus Reform offers more background on Notre Dame's long and complicated relationship with LGBT people:

Notre Dame University is a private catholic institution which is technically bound by Catholic Doctrine which teaches that homosexual behavior is a violation of divine law.

The Catholic institution, however, is also reconsidering some of their policies regarding LGBTQ issues.

Administrators have recently been urged to allow a proposed gay-straight alliance on campus. A petition, signed by 366 Notre Dame faculty and staff, was published in the student paper demanding the repeal of a long-standing policy that forbids such a club from being sanctioned.


News: Mitt And Ron, Navy, Birtherism's Return, Impersonation

1NewsIcon Hoping to ease any remaining tensions with Ron Paul's rabid supporters, Mitt Romney is airing a tribute video to the libertarian congressman at the Republican National Convention.

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1NewsIcon Floyd Corkins has pleaded not guilty for his alleged role in the Family Research Council headquarters this month. He's currently being held without bond.

1NewsIcon Healthcare professionals and HIV/AIDS activists in New York are strategizing on how to deliver newly approved drugs to thousands of patients. "We need more community groups involved, like faith communities, fraternal organizations, block associations or health entities, to really take on HIV and AIDS," said Dr. Marjorie Hill of GMHC.

1NewsIcon Pam Mullarkey, a prominent advocate for abstinence-only sex education, is also a fan of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill. Shocking.

1NewsIcon It's okay to be curious about new details about Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's divorce settlement?

1NewsIcon An Alabama man has written a heartfelt and heartbreaking letter to the Dothan Eagle about how his lesbian daughter came out, tried to "cure" herself because of anti-gay attitudes and then committed suicide. "Sometime after Patti died [in 1995], I attended church and a visiting preacher was preaching. About 10 minutes into the sermon, he bashed gays the rest of the way... I was ashamed of myself for sitting there and not defending Patti. I have not been much since."

GraffGallagher1NewsIcon In this video, pro-equality journalist E.J. Graff and hateful activist Maggie Gallagher discuss sex, marriage and everything in between.

1NewsIcon Justin Hawkins from The Darkness won't say if he's gay or not, but will say that he connects to a gay audience.

1NewsIcon Mitt Romney tried to crack a birth certificate "joke", saying at a campaign stop in Michigan: "I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born at Henry Ford Hospital, I was born at Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

1NewsIcon The California state senate is endorsing a proposal to name a Navy ship after legendary gay activist Harvey Milk.

1NewsIcon Zach Udko says Hit & Run, though a heinous film, offers an important lesson on the word "fag".

1NewsIcon The Sun tabloid ignored Buckingham Palace and printed those nudie pics of Prince Harry "for the public interest".

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1NewsIcon Tank + water = splash!

1NewsIcon Doctors in New Zealand say the age of sex-related phone apps is leading to a spike in syphilis cases.

1NewsIcon One Million Moms is now going after Skittles for a commercial in which a girl kisses a walrus.

1NewsIcon Alex Pettyfer continues to look dashing on the set of Butler.

1NewsIcon Evan Rachel Wood has apologized after saying Miley Cyrus' new haircut makes her look like a lesbian.

1NewsIcon An Ohio judge refuses to grant a lesbian couple a divorce in Ohio.


Cartoon Gay Couple Can't Produce An Heir: Funny Or Not Funny?

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This cartoon comes from this week's edition of The New Yorker.

It's funny, I guess, but I can also see Christian conservatives like Bryan Fischer or Maggie Gallagher pointing to this and saying, "See, this is why gays shouldn't get married: no procreation!"


Maggie Gallagher Explains Why She Goes After Gay Marriage and Not Adulterers and Divorcees: VIDEO

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Why do those defending the sanctity of marriage target a small segment of the threat and ignore adulterers and divorcee?

Watch Maggie Gallagher offer her explanation, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via andrew sullivan)

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