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13 Villains Of Marriage Equality

Karl Rove

Dubbed “the architect” by his creation George W. Bush (who also named him, more appropriately, “turd blossom”), Rove made anti-marriage homophobia a winning campaign tactic in 2004. Recognizing that Bush was facing a tough re-election battle, Rove decided to mobilize the evangelical vote by promoting anti-equality ballot measures.

Relying on a decade of using homosexuality, in the words of his biographers, “not as a wedge but as a bludgeon,” Rove decided to “he had to both divide voters and motivate the conservative base by using homosexuality as a monster under the bed.” The result gave Bush enough of an edge to win Ohio and thus the election, while saddling us with 11 new anti-marriage laws.