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Maggie Gallagher’s Syndicated Column ‘Retired’

by David Badash on January 3, 2013

in News

Before Maggie Gallagher co-founded NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, she was a syndicated columnist (and was even hired by George W. Bush, which she did not reveal until exposed). Gallagher’s publisher, Universal Uclick, yesterday announced her “retirement.”

“Universal Uclick and Maggie announces [sic] the retirement of syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher’s column,” the statement reads — curiously, grammatical error intact, one might think “and Maggie” was added later. “Gallagher’s final column will be posted online and published in newspapers on Wednesday, January 2.”

“When I first began this wonderful journey as a syndicated columnist, Sydney Callahan wrote to me to say, ʻThis wonʼt be forever, at some point you will start writing columns about your kittens, and you know it will be time to stop,” said Gallagher. “I havenʼt yet reached the kitten-inspiration point, but I felt it was time to end on a high note — in particular to give myself time to write in longer format, to experiment with creative projects, and to use new media to reach my audience on a personal basis.

Over at the National Review, home to racism and homophobia, Gallagher adds:

In which, after 17 years I hang up my shingle and once again thank WFB Jr. for helping launch me as a writer.

You can still read me here, and at

Gallagher’s final column includes these gems:

Without a powerful ideal of masculinity that points men toward marriage and fatherhood, more and more young men are deciding the hard work of becoming marriageable is not worth it: Porn, beer, video games with the guys, freedom and fleeting sexual encounters are good enough.

The most urgent overlooked need is the deep need of boys for masculine ideals. If civilization refuses to provide any, porn and video-game makers will step in to fill the gap.

Why should young men work hard to become protectors and defenders of women and children when American culture — and women — tells them they are not needed in either role?


Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise is not going to raise boys to be loving, reliable family men. Marriage is about settling for less but raising up an ideal much bigger and more important even than the most urgent whispered promises of romantic love.

Sex makes babies. Society needs babies. Babies need their mother and their father. Men and women need each other. We all need a strong marriage culture, whether we choose to marry or not.

If it is true that sex makes babies, then that is clearly the most important thing about sex, the thing around which a decent person or society will organize sexual values, behavior and norms.


Really looking forward to reading Maggie’s tweets.

America will be better off.

Gallagher is perhaps best known for waging a war on same-sex marriage and being the face of the organization believed by some to be almost wholly funded by the Mormon Church.

Hat tip: JoeMyGod

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Scott_Rose January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

Contemporary models for "masculine ideals" are all around us. Look at President Obama for one example. Look at Chris Kluwe for another. We also don't want for fine examples of female adults. In politics, there is Hillary Clinton, and in entertainment there is Ellen DeGeneres. Moreover, being a good example of a human being comes before conforming to any traditional gender expectations. Surely Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland, is a better model of a human being than is Hate's Hideous Hooker Maggie Gallagher.

Robroberts2013 January 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

The fat lady has sung.

James_M_Martin January 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

OK, I could be real ad hominem about it and point to her neck. I mean, lack of it. She has no neck. She is double-chinned and has no neck. This woman can only have had of herself, in the culture she lives in, a very negative self-image. To make matters worse, she left her neck in the 19th century.

Robroberts2013 January 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

Say what you want, she is not a stupid person. She knows at this late date it is time to get off the bigot express before it completely destroys her; alas, it is probably to late.

ldfrmc January 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

It ain't over – the fat lady still "sings"

In her Huffington Post interview:

"In my view 'social conservatives' need to do two big things much, much better: build actual political organizations instead of religious ministries masquerading as political organizations…"

and then she says (same interview):

"I am [now] serving on the board ("Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund")… The overarching goal is to build legal institutions to protect traditional religious believers from what I believe is going to be increasing efforts to stigmatize and marginalize us from mainstream society…"

So, her "Defense" of Marriage campaign now morphs into "Defense" of "Conscience" (i.e. religion).

This is like one of those zombie movies – they never die. Or, one of those dismal political comedies – they always find bigger and easier bucks.

Strange she could for decades "defend" marriage from "homosexuals who chose their lifestyle" and are said to lack legitimate claims to civil rights, then she ends up now "defending" "conscience" (religion) – most definitely a lifestyle with a claim to rights based on choice. No one is born religious.

Maggie, sadly, was born a zombie and grew to be a political comedian. Am told, both pay well.

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