No, it’s not April Fools Day, and no, this report did not originate in The Onion. Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of The National Organization for Marriage is ending her battle to keep gay people from marrying.
The New Civil Rights Movement reported last October that after the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision, Ms. Gallagher concluded it was only a matter of time before marriage equality spread across the face of America like a stadium wave. Now the Huffington Post reports that the world-class homophobe is giving up on preserving marriage inequality, admitting:
“Gay marriage advocates now have five votes for inserting a right to gay marriage in our Constitution. We are now in the gay marriage in all 50 states phase whether we like it or not.”
I appreciate that Ms. Maggie has the wisdom to know when her butt has been kicked, but it seems a bit anti-climactic. Isn’t she supposed to get down on one knee and surrender her sword to Barney Frank? Then Ellen DeGeneres sprinkles her with glitter and her heart grows three sizes.
Ms. Maggie is moving on, but she’s not going away. She says she’s doubling down:
“As for social conservatives as a political movement, even to retain religious liberty protections is going to require a new and more serious engagement with politics.”
Did you catch it? is Ms. Gallagher has chosen her next battle – passing “religious freedom” laws, like the ones recently defeated in Arizona and Mississippi. The subject of her complaints may have changed but the rhetoric is vintage Maggie:
“I do not think religion should be used to discriminate against gay people in everyday life and I also do not think whole professions should be closed to people who cannot affirm gay unions as marriages, because then, once in a while, a gay person will have to find another photographer.”
The more things change the more things stay the same. Give us your best shot Maggie, we’re ready. However, I would like to suggest to Ms. Maggie that before she goes once more into the breach, she should consider changing the name of her organization.
NOM is now synonymous with failure.
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