Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NOM's anti-marriage equality march a serious 'weapon of mass distraction'

As we get closer to the National Organization for Marriage's ridiculous "March 4 Ignoring That We Can't Think of Any Reason To Oppose Marriage Equality in the Courts" on Thursday,  I want folks to remember something.

In spite of all of the flowery words and phrases about "standing for marriage," "religious liberty," and opposing tyranny." In spite of all of the spin from Rick Santorum (when he is not busy trying to "bang the President") or Mike Huckabee, or any of the rest about "children having a right to a mother and a father" (while of course ignoring children in orphanages.) In spite of all you hear, see, and process, I want you to remember one thing:

We are still talking about an organization which peddles lies in order to stop marriage equality; lies which cannot be used in court. Hence the reason for their recent losses and the reason why they are putting on this march to distract.

But don't take my word for it. Remember the words of Marc Mutty, head of the 2009 effort to repeal marriage equality in Maine (an effort which unfortunately succeeded, but was thankfully overturned by the voters in 2012):

We use a lot of hyperbole and I think that's always dangerous," says Mutty during a Yes on 1 strategy session, at the time on leave from his job as public affairs director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine.

"You know, we say things like 'Teachers will be forced to (teach same-sex marriage in schools)!' " he continues. "Well, that's not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn't, you know?"

"No," interjects a woman off-camera. "We don't say that."

"Let's look back at our ads and see what we say," Mutty persists. "And I think we use hyperbole to the point where, you know, it's like 'Geez!' "

NOM funded $2 million of the $3 million raised by Mutty's group. It's one of the things which caused the Maine Ethics Commission to fine the organization $250,000.

Yet another thing the organization will want you not to remember on Thursday.

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