Thursday, July 15, 2010

National Organization for Marriage tries to cover up ugly comments with pitiful lies

My post from last night on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was published in the Huffington Post and apparently NOM is not happy about it.

The post dealt with an administrator on NOM's Facebook page making the claim that gays weren't hunted down and murdered like "Jews, Christians, and Blacks."

Today, NOM answered back:

“The Huffington Post on Wednesday falsely attributed statements to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) about discrimination faced by gays and lesbians. The statements were apparently posted by an unnamed “administrator” of the “Protect Marriage: 1 Man 1 Woman” Facebook account. Huffington Post falsely claims that this is NOM’s Facebook page. The Facebook account on which these statements were reportedly made is not NOM’s Facebook page and neither NOM nor anyone representing NOM made these statements. The Facebook account in question is operated by a private party and NOM does not control what is allowed to be posted on the account, a fact that could have been easily known to Huffington Post had they reached out to NOM to verify the report.”

But NOM's explanation is seriously misleading.

As this link courtesy of Box Turtle Bulletin and Goodasyou proves, the page "Protect Marriage: 1 Man 1 Woman" is associated with NOM. From its Twitter page, NOM is pushing the page as its own.

Furthermore,  Louis J. Marinelli - self identified "NOM strategist" is the general manager of the page.

And one more thing about Marinelli - he is not only participating in NOM's "Summer for Marriage" Tour, but he is also (wait for it) driving the RV that NOM is using in the tour. We know this because he is so generously giving everyone updates on how the "tour" is going.

So the question here is who are you going to believe? The National Organization for Marriage or your own eyes?

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Gubernatorial candidate - Gays are not legitimate parents and other Thursday midday news briefs

NOM wants it both ways; we plan to give it to them double time - After attention devoted to them due to the extreme homophobia of its people, the National Organization for Marriage is now trying to backtrack in a devious way. You know, legitimate groups usually disavow those in its ranks who speak homophobia rather than trying to have it both ways.

DC Court of Appeals Upholds Decision Denying Marriage Initiative - Anti-gay pastor Harry Jackson loses AGAIN!

Georgia GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Karen Handel: Gays are Not Legitimate Parents - If this gets you angry, then wait until you read her reason when pressed on the issue. Barring anything unusual happening, there will be more attention focused on this in an afternoon post.

Guest column by Irene Monroe: Ex-gay Donnie McClurkin at Boston's Gospelfest - Tell it like it is, Dr. Monroe!

Parents blast school board’s plan to explain intercourse, gay love to students - Nothing scares folks like sex. It's a shame that violence doesn't have that same effect.

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Argentina legalizes same sex marriage and an old enemy resurfaces

Last night, Argentina took a step that the United States doesn't seem to be able to:

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to grant gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

After a marathon debate, 33 lawmakers voted in favor, 27 were against it and 3 abstained in Argentina's Senate in a vote that ended after 4 a.m. Since the lower house already approved it, and President Cristina Fernandez is a strong supporter, it now becomes law as soon as it is published in the official bulletin.

The law is sure to bring a wave of marriages by gays and lesbians who have increasingly found Buenos Aires to be more accepting than many other places in the region.

The approval came despite a concerted campaign by the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to march on Congress and urged parents in churches and schools to work against passage.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said "everyone loses" with gay marriage, and "children need to have the right to be raised and educated by a father and a mother."

Nine gay couples had already married in Argentina after persuading judges that the constitutional mandate of equality supports their marriage rights, but some of these marriages were later declared invalid.

More here.

However, an online buddy of mine sent me a link to an interview of an old enemy of the lgbt community. To some, using the word "enemy" may be too strong but I think it's appropriate to describe Dawn Stefanowicz.

Stefanowicz is a Canadian woman who claims that she was raised by a gay father who subjected her to the abuse via the so-called gay subculture. She has written a book and, from time-to-time,  travels to different places speaking out against marriage equality and gay adoption. I say there are a lot of problems with her story, specifically if it is true, how can she say that her "experience" is indicative of all same-sex families.

She gave an interview with a newspaper in Argentina and it is, as expected, extremely anti-gay:

Some moments:

. . . there is a lot of gay pornography used in same-sex relationships and children are at high risk of being exposed to this within the home and the subcultures where parents and partners are affiliated. Based on ample research (...) I believe there is a higher risk of sexual abuse for children raised connected to the GLBT subcultures."

Editor's note - Stefanowicz does not provide this research.

 . . . the GLBT subcultures do not look at marriage in the same way. Marriage has always been considered a traditional, man-woman institution which upholds monogamy for the benefit of children and society. The GLBT subcultures have a much broader understanding of sexual relationships and do not like restrictive boundaries which limit number of sexual partners, diverse sexualities, gender identities, roles, and expressions.

 . . . When same-sex marriage is legalized, this action permanently redefines not only marriage, but also spouse, gender, parent, and family. Same-sex marriage automatically replaces natural parent with legal parent, allowing the state to usurp parental rights at anytime. Consequently, all biological natural parents are diminished to just legal parents, having the same parental rights as same-sex parent's partners who have no biological tie to the child(ren). Parenting is reduced to a legal status only, involving care giving duties, legal responsibilities, and, progressively invasive state laws. I don't think many Argentinean parents will be particularly thrilled with their permanent loss of natural parent status.
Like I said before,  regardless of whether or not there is verification of Stefanowicz's story, she has no right to make unfair blanket judgments on all same-sex households.

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