Back in September the National Organization for Marriage tweeted: ” There is no need to prohibit gays and lesbians from openly serving in the Armed Forces. They should have the opportunity to serve.” (The group’s Twitter account also re-tweeted calls on Obama not to appeal court rulings striking down DADT.) And so the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera (pictured) responds: “I couldn’t believe this item, which we are late to report: the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the leading pro-traditional-marriage group in the country, has come out for allowing open homosexuals in the military. … This is the latest exercise in ‘pro-family’ political and strategic folly. For all the great work that it does, NOM is dead wrong on this one. … Can’t NOM see that it is undercutting its own cause (and the truth) by pandering to the ‘Gay’ Lobby’s goal of homosexuality as a state-backed ‘civil right’?” And there, finally, is the straw that breaks these bigot camels backs!
While LaBarbera’s group is against anything that might bring equality to the lives of gay Americans, NOM only wants to restrict them from using the word “marriage.” I love it when hatemongers get into spats!
So what happens now that former NOM head Maggie Gallagher is coming out in support of Team Tyler Clementi, saying the “suicide of that teen was not only a tragedy it was a crime. The young people who violated laws out of mindless desire to bully or embarrass or whatever the heck kids do this stuff will be prosecuted and probably jailed, I hope. Nothing in the press accounts suggest the kids who did this were motivated by homophobia, and the cruelty of cyberbullying is causing teen suicides among those who are not gay, as well. I do not think the absence of gay marriage is the cause of these tragedies or its presence will resolve them. We can make this a symbol of all our other fights, or we can try to save all our kids, gay and straight, from this kind of ugly and mindless cruelty. My heart goes out to the family of the young man. God bless him and them.”
C’mon, Peter, where’s your rebuttal? Say something about how Tyler brought it upon himself!