Anti-Gay Activists Pay Close Attention To Ireland In Run-Up To Marriage Referendum: VIDEO


Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is attracting international attention from many international anti-gay activists.

On May 22nd, Ireland will become the first country in the world to vote on same-sex marriage. The latest poll shows 78% of voters are in favor of passing the amendment.

In a wide-ranging article, BuzzFeed's J Lester Feder says that anti-equality activists have been paying close attention to the referendum, including Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage. Brown has apparently discussed the situation with the leader of Ireland’s ‘No’ campaign and U.S. activist Frank Schubert.

A strong network of anti-gay European groups has also been involved in the campaign, including French group Manif Pour Tous (MPT) and Italian activist Luca Volante.

Volante and MPT have also been involved with Brown’s attempts to create an International Organization for Marriage.

BuzzFeed reports:

David Quinn“The tactics of the No campaign — which is built around the argument that children will be harmed if same-sex couples are allowed to wed — look disturbingly familiar for American LGBT rights advocates, who are watching the Irish vote carefully. This is exactly the kind of messaging that ate away at support for marriage equality in the Proposition 8 campaign, and they believe it has the fingerprints of the conservative group that pulled off that upset victory, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

“The No side denies that it is borrowing tactics from California, saying it’s learned more from campaigns in eastern European countries like Slovenia in 2012 or Croatia in 2013, where referendums were passed curtailing partnership rights for same-sex couples.

“‘We wouldn’t be taking too many more lessons from Prop 8 than from elsewhere,’ said David Quinn [above right], head of the Iona Institute and adviser to Mothers and Fathers Matter.

“But the No camp has gotten some input from veterans of the California campaign and other marriage fights abroad. Frank Schubert, the conservative political consultant credited with the Proposition 8 victory, told BuzzFeed News before an NOM rally in Washington earlier this month that he has sent private polling, focus-group work, and other messaging guidance to activists on the No side. NOM President Brian Brown also said he had ‘talked a lot’ to Quinn periodically over the past few years, though they hadn’t communicated in over a year.

“Quinn said the Iona Institute’s only substantial international funding has been €24,000 over the past few years from an Italian foundation headed by a former member of the European Parliament, Luca Volonté, who sits on the board of the conservative online campaign platform CitizenGo along with NOM’s Brian Brown. But none of that money has gone to the referendum campaign, Quinn said.”

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Anti-Gay Activists Voice Extreme Opinions At NOM 'March For Marriage' in Revealing HRC Video: WATCH

NOM march 2015

Last Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) held a “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., rallying opponents of marriage equality before marching them to the Supreme Court.

Senator Ruben Diaz - the only Democrat who opposed marriage equality in the New York Senate - was the only elected lawmaker who spoke at the event but he was ably assisted by the likes of Rev. Erick Salgado and Peter LaBarbera from Americans For The Truth About Homosexuality.

Human Rights Campaign asked a number of NOM supporters why they are so adamantly against marriage equality.

The reasons given range from typically mundane (one man says "nature is nature" but admits he's not quite sure what that means, a woman is convinced that "marriage is one man and one woman") to seriously worrying (gay people are choosing to go against god and bringing about the destruction of American).

Canada and Mexico would appear to be safe for now.


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WATCH LIVE: NOM's 'March for Marriage' Hate Rally in Washington D.C.


The National Organization for Marriage's third #MarchforMarriage is fixing to kick off in Washington D.C. Scheduled speakers include Brian Brown, NY State Sen. Ruben Diaz, 19 Kids and Counting's Josh Duggar, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, Focus on the Family's CitizenLink President & CEO Tom Minnery and more. 


[h/t Good As You]

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SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Backs Out of NOM's Anti-gay Hate March in D.C.


Facing pressure from Catholics who view him as a church leader who fosters "an atmosphere of division and intolerance," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has pulled out of an expected appearance at the National Organization for Marriage's upcoming "March for Marriage" in D.C. this weekend.

CBS SF reports:

In a written statement, the Archdiocese of San Francisco said other Catholic bishops from around the country will attend the March for Marriage, saying it allows Cordileone to “remain home and attend to the pastoral needs of the Church here at this time.”

Cordileone has helped lead the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. The archbishop attended last year’s rally in the nation’s capital over objections from local groups.

In February, Cordileone sparked a firestorm of controversy over proposed "purity tests" for Catholic schools that threaten termination for teachers who give any statement that contradicts church doctrine, including holding a position that homosexuality is anything other than "gravely evil."

Last week, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members published an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to replace Cordileone over his outspokenness on divisive issues.  

ViganoIn related news, HRC has published an open letter to the Pope asking that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the current Apostolic Nuncio leading the Holy See's diplomatic mission to the U.S., withdraw from his speaking role at the NOM rally.

"There is absolutely no room for an emissary of one of the world's great religions at an event that will espouse hate and bigotry and promote outright discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families," said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. "Pope Francis has continually emphasized love and acceptance in his tenure, but this event stands for anything but."

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Zoe Saldana Doesn't Think Dolce & Gabbana's Anti-gay Remarks Should Affect Her Fashion Choice: VIDEO


Actress Zoe Saldana is the latest celebrity to weigh in on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s “synthetic children” and gay adoption remarks and despite vocal outcry from multiple celebrities against the designers, Saldana voiced her support for them, saying she won’t stop wearing Dolce & Gabbana reports E! Online. Saldana said that changing her fashion choices because of the fashion duo’s unpopular opinions would be the "stupidest thing."

Said Saldana: 

"No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice…People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing. I’m certainly not going to stop wearing Dolce, and I'm certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it. I do think things are lost in translation…

"My husband (Marco Perego) is from Italy and if I judged him based on the words that he misuses in our English language he wouldn't be here today. It's like ‘Look people, have a drink, relax, it's okay.’ Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why are we making a big deal about it?"

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The D&G design duo uttered the now infamous remarks in an interview with Panorama magazine, saying that they oppose gay adoptions. Also, Dolce’s comments calling children born of "chemistry," a reference to IVF, "synthetic children," angered several celebrities including Elton John, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Ricky Martin.

Said Dolce:

"You are born to be a mother and a father. Or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog."

D&gDolce and Gabbana have since backpedaled on their original statements and choice of words, with Gabbana stating "It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love." Dolce mirrored Gabbana’s statement saying "I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions." Despite the vocal backlash from LGBT supporters, Dolce and Gabbana have since received support, whether they want it or not, from the National Organization for Marriage who called the designers "wonderful advocates for the true definitions of marriage and family."

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NOM Calls Dolce & Gabbana 'Wonderful Advocates for the True Definitions of Marriage and Family'


You know you really might want to rethink your views when the Roy Moore-lovingpro-discrimination, morally (and literally) bankrupt National Organization for Marriage lines up behind you in support. 

Gay designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are currently facing a resurgence of bad PR after they indicated in an interview that "the only family is the traditional one" and that children born through in vitro fertilization were "synthetic," are getting the red carpet treatment over at the NOM blog:

While Dolce and Gabbana continue to be attacked as “hypocrites”, what their critics have failed to do is prove them wrong. Every child is born to and deserves to be raised by a committed, married father and mother, and same-sex marriage will always strip away at least one essential piece of the family.

Bravo to Dolce and Gabbana for daring to speak the truth; they are as bold in their speech as they are in their designs, and deserve to be applauded. While others will continue to vent their disagreement, the billionaire pair are wonderful advocates for the true definitions of marriage and family.

MSNBC reports that Gabbana, meanwhile, has fired back at Elton John for popularizing the #BoycottDolceGabbana campaign:

Je suisStefano Gabbana posted dozens of photos and comments on social media, at one point calling John a “fascist” for “an authoritarian way seeing things: If you don’t agree with me, I will attack you.” The designer also posting an image that borrows from the “Je Suis Charlie” movement, saying Je Suis D&G and #boycottfalsenews. Some of the messages posted include #boycottEltonJohn. 

“This online campaigning is useless. A gay rights group put words in our mouths in bad faith, and it got out of control,” Gabbana told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Tuesday. “We don’t and won’t boycott anyone.”

He added in a statement provided to NBC News: “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”

Britain's favorite blowhard Piers Morgan is also speaking out against Elton John, calling his boycott "bullying."

NOM, Piers Morgan, and Dolce and's that for "non-traditional" bedfellows?


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