Maggie Gallagher Accepts Defeat on Marriage

maggiedomarulingGet ready for the shock of a lifetime: we actually kind of respect Maggie Gallagher. No wait really! Hear us out!

Sure, she’s clearly wrong about marriage equality. And she’s said some pretty lousy things about LGBTs. But she’s unfailingly honest, ambitious, and funny when she wants to be. She’s sort of the Sue Sylvester of Marriage Equality.

Now Maggie has a new interview with the Huffington Post where she basically accepts that her side has lost (without conceding that they were wrong) and talks about the future. So, where can we worry about Maggie popping up next?

Well, she doesn’t seem to have made up her mind yet. “I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life,” she tells Lila Shapiro.

For the last few years, Maggie’s been a leading voice against marriage equality, and that industry’s rapidly shutting down. But her motivations were noble: strengthening families, supporting children, reducing unhealthy relationships. Those are all very worthy goals! May we suggest that Maggie explore those avenues? If she’s still concerned about raising happy kids in stable homes, there’s still plenty of work to be done to reduce divorce rates.

She also offers this:

“It is not just a matter of making some gay couples happy by providing benefits to help them live their lives with no consequences for anyone else. It’s a broad cultural shift redefining not only the place of gay people in society but of traditional religious believers as well. And also of what marriage is and what it means.”

This is what makes our respect for Maggie so frustrating: it’s a correct observation, and well written! She’s quite right! And yet the conclusion that she comes to is the complete opposite of ours. Maggie looks at this phenomenon and shakes her head in disapproval; we see and breathe a sigh of relief.

But then she also sometimes makes dumb statements. We kind of suspect she knows that what she’s saying is wrong, because she’s a smart woman, and there’s no way she can actually believe some of the things she says. For example, she says in the interview that heterosexual procreation is being “discarded,” which, come on, obviously it isn’t. There is room for making babies the old-fashioned alongside marriage equality, and Maggie must surely know that.

In the end, she says that she feels good about the work that she’s done over the last few years, despite having been on the losing side. And that’s all any of us can really hope for out of life, isn’t it?

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Blast from the past:
    “Your retorts hold no water. Sterile couples produce no children. As long as some Americans are entitled to rights and benefits withheld to other Americans, inequality exists and cannot be supported by our nation’s constitution. Keep flapping, Maggie. The more you talk, the more justified we become. You make intolerance and bigotry towards us more real. The last gasps of a dying NOMmonster. People are starting to catch on. You may be able to draw some sheep into your crusade, just as any hate instigator can, but soon you and your intolerant crew will be shelved. Yes, shelved, just like that dusty jar with the aged patina, in biology class, with an extinct species floating in formaldehyde. The young Americans will sneak furtive glances at your jar and ogle. That’s your future Maggie. I hope you like the smell of formaldehyde. You are going extinct.”
    Feb 22, 2010 at 11:31 am ·

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Blast from the past:
    “1EqualityUSA 1EqualityUSA
    When humans are nearing death, many times they rally. They often give the impression that they are getting better, which has fooled families on many occasions. The dying seem to get one last burst of energy before passing on. I feel as though NOM-skulls are doing this. Someone should warn their friends and families about this “rallying” before death, so it doesn’t come as a shock when the notions of NOM are seen for what they are, intolerance and discrimination.”
    Feb 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Blast off:
    1EqualityUSA 1EqualityUSA
    These NOM-skulls must think that Jesus, by staying so silent on this very issue for three decades, dropped the ball somehow. So they’ve appointed themselves to be vehement pursuers of gays in His absence. Professor of Jurisprudence, Robert P. George at Princeton and his sidekick, Mags are taking up the cause that “lazy” Jesus apparently was too lax on. “He’ll be so proud of me!”, your last words before you slumber. The seeds you have sown will sprout for years and years. You’ve made names for yourselves! We’ve made a few names for you too.
    I am an American citizen with equality on my side, so slander away, bend facts, and play childish tactics, history will see you both for what you are. This will be all a bad memory for us. We’ll be writing it down for others to read. Films will be made quoting some of the lovely gems that have spilled from your very exclusive lips. Racism didn’t go away just because the higher court ruled for equality in ‘Loving’, so no doubt, after the judicial branches rule on the constituionality of this law, these lying lips won’t go away either. We all pay taxes. We are all citizens of the United States, not guests that don’t know when to leave. Equality means letting all citizens participate in this institution under exactly the same name, rules, restrictions, and responsibilities, irrespective of gender. Maggie G., I’m plain tired of your face. At least jurisprudence-man slinks around in the hallowed halls of the Catholic monastery, (in his mind). It’s time to pack up your toys and go home now.”
    Sep 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    We must never forget the blatant bigotry of the GOP. (I love how, with the push of a button, the internet has all of their words, verbatim, for access.) Princeton’s NOMster, Robert P. George, Nancy “wiggling” Elliott of New Hampshire, John weeping (alzheimers?) Boehner, Antonin hater Scalia, Pin-a-gay-kid-down-with-the-help-of-cruel-friends-and-cut-his-hair-off-Romney, John gas-bag McCain, Sarah religulous nut-job Palin, Michelle still blathering Bachmann, friend of Chris” veto” Cristie’s Mark Zuckerberg, Diana-teach-hate-Medley, Pastor electrified-fence-standing ovation-Worley and the rest…here on Gallagher’s Isle must never be mistaken for fair-minded public figures., no matter how much they morph.
    Mar 1, 2013 at 4:32 am

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  • Icebloo

    Maybe she will now have time to join a gym.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    If numb-nuts P. George wants to believe his 13th century man and be a Catholic to the hilt, that is his business and good for him. The problem arises when he wants to force his Catholic beliefs on others and manipulate politicians and all to do it. If Islam grew into record numbers and became a political threat here in America, he would object to that as well. Separation of Church and State has never been more relevant.
    Apr 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    So, Maggie, do you consider all of the children (of gays) unworthy of stablizing (equal) family benefits? Are they simply “collateral damage” in this puritanical war or do you believe that “the sins” of the parents shall be inherited by their children for generations upon generations? How do you justify taking benefits away from anyone? Even basic 25 percent domestic partner rights are being disputed. That’s just hatred. It’s truly sick and you will be remembered badly forever. What a legacy. Skin-heads are alive and well in Germany, so maybe in the year 2040 you’ll still have a few marginalized followers, but the majority of the world’s population is going to be shaking their heads in awe that there was someone doing this to others. I love women, but you’re becoming increasingly difficult to love. It’s wrong to discriminate. I’m ashamed of you. I wish it was another country’s citizen doing this to us, rather than a fellow American and woman. “Collateral damage” must be the way you rationalize yourself to sleep every night. You think you are so right too. I have to go back to work, so that I can pay taxes to a government that discriminates against me. Let me quit typing and choke down this Shredded Wheat before the hour’s up. I’m so glad you are not related to me. If you were my aunt or mother or sister or friend, I’d be so ashamed of you. History will hold your legacy up as the standard of gay intolerance, long after we are both dead. “Collateral damage” yes?
    Nov 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm ·

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  • Desert Boy

    Maggie the Cow needs to join Jenny Craig. I think she would be much happier.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    There’s a fantastic documentary about the woman who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington D.C.(One of many pieces she’s created.) The artist’s name is Maya Ying Lin and she’s so amazingly talented. I wish the queer community could talk her into creating a work of art that would list the names of every bigot who oppressed us. The sun will shine in our yard too, RobertNYC and when it does, brilliant artists like Maya Lin will be there to represent the pain endured by our community. I want the names of every politician, every NOM-skull, every Tedious Right who participated in this American oppression to be clearly legible on this queer memorial. Some day Americans will be shaking their heads in awe, just as we do now over the Japanese internment camps. Every artist needs to devote at least three pieces of work to this message, in whatever medium they work. We must never forget our oppressors.

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  • searchcz

    It may seem like a loss for Maggie, but its really a gain for everyone. Even Maggie wins, although she spent some time on the wrong side of this debate.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Can’t you just see Maggie during the Salem witch trials? Has she traveled through time to get more jollies at our expense? Go back to the photo and imagine her standing in judgement over some victim de jour. Her long sleeved, walnut juice dyed, black Pilgrim’s dress with the white collar and cuffs. Look at the Puritanical expression, worn loosely over too tight facial muscles. It’s damned spooky! Today gays are the target, tomorrow it’s whomever else is deemed, “undesirable”.
    Sep 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    more blasts from past:
    1EqualityUSA 1EqualityUSA
    Beautiful words, “F-U-N-D-A-M-E-N-T-A-L H-U-M-A-N R-I-G-H-T”
    Just like the Hollywood sign, these letters should be brightly painted, so that they can be seen from airplanes. They should be propped up on the lawn of the Casa Blanca, with picnic tables arranged around each letter. Hungry Supreme Court Justices, grabbing a bite to eat, could lean their robed scapulae against these sun-warmed letters, while consuming their hot Cross buns.
    Feb 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm ·

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  • blondeboyz

    “Well, she doesn’t seem to have made up her mind yet. “I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life,” ”

    ………..fade away, my dear, fade away………, you know, Anita Bryant’s career was never the same after her time in the spotlight

  • Ben Dover

    Interesting news. I suggest she turn her political magic touch to becoming a baker, where she can refuse service to couples who are getting sinfully gay-married. With her record of “success” we can hope for 2-for-2!

  • Cam

    “”But her motivations were noble: strengthening families, supporting children, reducing unhealthy relationships. “”

    But you see, I don’t think that those WERE her true motivations. Her motivations were money and bigotry.

    If she was REALLY concerned about strengthening families then why nothing about divorce, child services, abuse reduction etc…

    Nope, all bigotry, all the time, and a healthy paycheck for it. That is all that Maggie was about. That is why she is able to look at their loss somewhat less hysterically, because it was mostly a paycheck to her all along.

  • Kathukid

    I have an idea what you can do Maggie. Get a fucking life and leave everyone else the hell alone. Also, you might want to join a gym, go on a diet and lose 100 lbs.

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