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HRC adds four anti-gay voices to its wall of shame

Gabriel Arana

March 27th, 2009

The Human Rights Campaign has added four entries to its list of anti-gay voices at Here are the names, with quips:

America Forever, a Utah-based group, has been faxing hateful flyers denouncing marriage for lesbian and gay couples to businesses in Vermont, where marriage equality legislation is currently under consideration in the state legislature. The group claims that marriage for lesbian and gay couples would trample on the rights of children and that “HRC of the homosexuals is the most powerful lobbying group in the world.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if the HRC were in fact the most powerful lobbying group in the world? Maybe, maybe not, but this is certainly not the case. Why the insistence on using the medical term “homosexuality”?

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) created an anti-marriage equality radio ad playing in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. NOM’s website falsely and outlandishly warns that “religious groups may be denied the use of parks and other public facilities, unless they endorse gay marriage.” The three targeted states are all considering pro-LGBT equality legislation.

I have never understood the fundamentalist Christian persecution complex, which seems to interpret anything in society not in line with its worldview to be an instance of oppression that invariably means a Christian Holocaust is coming.

Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, claims that allowing lesbians and gays to serve openly in the military will sanction “inappropriate passive/aggressive actions common in the homosexual community” and “the ensuing sexual tension will hurt discipline and morale.”

Is this woman afraid that soldiers sent into battle can’t withstand a catty remark or two?

Hawaii State Minority Leader, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, voted against HB 444, a Hawaii civil unions bill. She said, “If we push to have government certify or make legal a union or marriage between the same sex, I believe that we push what is accepted to what will be promoted.”

When will politicians understand that accepting gay people does not mean there will be more gay people; it will just mean that they aren’t confined to the closet.



Emily K
March 27th, 2009 | LINK

Why the insistence on using the medical term “homosexuality”?

Because it has the word “sex” in it. And that’s what gays are about, right? SEXSEXSEXSEX. Many times commenters will use the word “homoSEXuals” to mock the practice.

It may also be a way to emphasize the medical condition of being homosexual, in order to make it seem like a pathology rather than a simple condition.

March 27th, 2009 | LINK

You’d think that if the HRC actually WAS the most powerful lobbying group in the world that it wouldn’t be such a struggle to get legislators to do the right thing on gay civil rights issues. They’d be under too much pressure not to. Sadly, that’s not the case (yet).

If only the HRC (and other gay rights organizations) had as much power in the real world as they do in the fevered imaginations of the anti-gay haters.

March 28th, 2009 | LINK

Thanks for this update. I hope you continue to post updates about the wall.

March 28th, 2009 | LINK

I wonder what took so long to add National Organization for Marriage to the wall. This is another Maggie Gallagher Organization.

March 29th, 2009 | LINK

These people don’t care what the HRC says. They wear this Wall of Shame citation as a badge of honor.

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