The Self-Inflicted Plight of the Anti-Gay Lobby

Though my activism has tempered over the previous year with things that were more pressing concerns, I have consistently followed the struggle for equal LGBT rights in America.  We’re getting there, and we’re certainly much further along than we were even just two years ago, but there is still a long road to hoe.

However, in spite of that, it has been greatly amusing to watch the anti-gay lobby transform, or perhaps devolve is a better word.  Since the National Organization for Marriage’s greatest victory, the passing of Proposition 8 barring marriage equality in California in November of 2008, NOM has accumulated the following list of failures:

  • March 2009 – NOM is sued by Fred Karger for violating campaign disclosure laws in Iowa and Maine
  • April 2009 – Iowa gets Marriage Equality via state supreme court
  • May 2009 – Maine gets Marriage Equality via state Legislature
  • September 2009 – Vermont gets Marriage Equality via state legislature
  • January 2010 – New Hampshire gets Marriage Equality via state legislature
  • March 2010 – Washington DC gets Marriage Equality via District council
  • May 2010 – NOM loses campaign disclosure case and is forced to submit financial documentation
  • June 2010 – Florida gets adoption equality as rules barring LGBT adoption are deemed unconstitutional by state supreme court
  • April 2011 – Arkansas gets adoption equality as rules barring LGBT adoption are deemed unconstitutional by state supreme court
  • April 2011 – NOM activist Louis Marinelli resigns to support Marriage Equality
  • July 2011 – New York gets Marriage Equality via state legislature
  • August 2011 – NOM loses its appeal of campaign disclosure case
  • September 2011 – NOM is denied request to have campaign disclosure case reheard
  • September 2011 – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed
  • February 2012 – US Supreme Court rejects NOM’s request to hear campaign disclosure case
  • March 2012 – NOM documents leak that outline a strategy to “discourage Latino assimilation into a culture accepting of same-sex marriage” and “to drive a wedge between gays and blacks” by promoting “African American spokespeople for marriage”
  • June 2012 – Key witness for NOM in the Proposition 8 trial David Blankenhorn changes his stance to support Marriage Equality
  • November 2012 – Minnesota voters vote down bill banning Marriage Equality
  • December 2012 – Maine gets Marriage Equality via popular vote after voter referendum repealed previous law
  • December 2012 – Washington State gets Marriage equality via state legislature which is later upheld by voter referendum
  • January 2013 – Maryland gets Marriage Equality via state legislature which is later upheld by voter referendum
  • May 2013 – Delaware gets Marriage Equality via state legislature
  • June 2013 – Proposition 8 overturned
  • June 2013 – Defense of Marriage Act deemed unconstitutional
  • August 2013 – Rhode Island gets Marriage Equality via state legislature
  • August 2013 – Minnesota gets Marriage Equality via state legislature

Wow.  No one reacts well to losing that much and NOM certainly doesn’t buck that trend, moving on from its “just about Marriage” mantra and branching out to attack surrogacy, transgender individuals, and bully happy LGBT-inclusive families (while painting LGBT people as just plain icky).  In short NOM’s message has gone from one that relatively successfully hid it’s animus by maintaining a narrow focus to “just kidding, we’re a bunch of crazy bigoted assholes.”

But even more amusing is this piece by Fox News’s resident bigot Todd Starnes that the Klan-linked head of the hate group, the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, retweeted as well as the sort of things coming from the mouths of people like Orson Scott Card.  The Starnes piece which is almost certainly either 1) blowing something out of proportion and/or 2) only telling part of a much larger story drops gems like these:

Author’s note: Based on this report, which is not comprised of hot air coming out of Todd Starnes’s ass, the Sergeant in question, Phillip Monk, was reprimanded for supervising a staff sergeant who was using his position of authority to proselytize to trainees, something that is illegal.  Monk was also not fired, but reassigned to a different unit.  Sucks to be a lying bigoted loser Todd Starnes.

“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” 

“One airman was told that even thinking that homosexuality is a sin is discriminatory.”

 

Which is funny because the former, and the inverse of the latter are kind of why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed.  But even funnier is that “just stop using the law to systemically screw us and leave us the fuck alone” has been the mantra of the equality movement for decades.  Christians have had plenty of time to take us up on it and they failed to do so.

And now they’re crying in their holy water because after years and years and years of calling us perverts and deviants and disease-spreaders and child molesters, they can’t handle being called bigots and opponents of equality and having their organizations labeled as hate groups and their shit boycotted?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Fuck you.

Source: Kristin Hoppe / Not So Fast

 

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