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Maggie Gallagher Gives False Information About El Coyote Owner

Timothy Kincaid

May 4th, 2009
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I don’t object to National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher having any view she wishes to endorse. Nor do I oppose her opining wherever she gets the chance.

But Gallagher is not entitled to make claims that are contrary to the facts.

On Larry King Live (with Joy Behar sitting in as guest host), Gallagher said the following:

After Prop 8 … we had a waitress who gave $100 to support marriage and people were calling for her job, they wanted her to lose her job because she supported marriage as a man and a woman.

That, of course, was a reference to the response when gay Angelenos found out that Margie Christoffersen contributed to Proposition 8. Margie was not “a waitress”.

Margie is the “face” of El Coyote Mexican Restaurant, the family member selected to represent the family owned establishment to their customers. She is the daughter of the titular owner and the wife of the business manager for the company; they operate the restaurant together.

When gay patrons of the restaurant, most of whom had been customers for decades, found out that Margie had smiled at them one day and gave money to remove their rights the next, they demanded a meeting. In that meeting Margie was completely dismissive of their concerns.

Christoffersen has never been a waitress. Gallagher knows the facts of this story, she’s written on it before. This was nothing but a false attempt to elicit sympathy for a powerless woman who feared for her next paycheck, a woman who does not exist.

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Johnson
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

Thanks for bring that story up, I have wondered what has become of the El Coyote and Margie. Do you have an update for us?

homer
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

Since when has Maggie Gallagher been interested in telling the truth?

RU486
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

The best part of that show was seeing Stephen Baldwin with a pout on his fat face, complaining that he’s being persecuted(!) If only.

BPL
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

Yeah, I caught that, too — “waitress” is quite a stretch, and Ms. Gallagher is probably fully aware that it’s a stretch, yet chose that word for its effect, regardless of its accuracy.

Ms. Gallagher seems to rely on:
(1) anecdotes
(2) that aren’t presented quite accurately; and are
(3) couched in an atmosphere of unnamed, diffuse, while very dark fears (“a storm is coming” and all that).

By contrast, we have truth and empiricism (e.g., the sky hasn’t fallen in Massachusetts) on our side. The only negative that has happened in places where SSM has become legal is basically that “some people don’t like the concept of it.”

As Wanda Sykes said, if you don’t like same-sex marriage, don’t get married to someone of the same sex.

Tommy
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

This semester of college I took my senior seminar on the topic of propaganda. We have to write a massive final paper that I’m working on right now. I chose to write about NOM’s propaganda campaign of the last two months. Poor Maggie Gallagher, I already have so much material to work with that I can’t actually find room to discuss her blatant lies in that interview.

Buffy
May 4th, 2009 | LINK

Maggie Gallagher is a professional propagandist. She wouldn’t know how to tell the truth if her life depended on it.

Regan DuCasse
May 5th, 2009 | LINK

I have called back a few times, and tried to make contact, but Marj was pretty much not available.

Business fell off for a bit, and there hasn’t been a measurable way to blame a boycott so much as the overall downturn of less people eating out for any troubles the El Coyote might be undergoing.
The business hasn’t closed, nor have any lay offs been announced. I’m sure if any could be directly attributed to a gay walkout, we’d hear about it.

But Marj should have understood the lesson in betraying a customer base you depend on so much.

BTW, a man named anderson659 over at TownHall is on the march and has taken a strange obsession to me. This is fairly new and I’m not sure about what to do, but we’ll see.

It’s new to me to be accused of something and claims made as if I’ve committed a crime from a website blog thread.

He’s convinced I harassed a waitress and got her fired because of Prop. 8 simply because I mentioned attending the meeting and in the rally that passed by the restaurant. And he seems to think I should pay for it, or at least he won’t let it go.

What seems to be happening is if you’re honest about something it’s twisted into a Christian persecution mob. Indeed, he’s convinced of anti Christian persecution from more than a few people.

Anyway, this thing is virulent like the Ms. CA situation is.

I’m glad you caught what Gallagher said Tim. I was wondering if someone would report on it on our end.

We were there at El Coyote, but people like Gallagher and anderson659 don’t want to believe what we have to say about what really happened.

If anyone has any advice about what to do with this guy, it would be welcome.
As I said, this is a new one on me and I’m not sure how to respond.

Ben in Oakland
May 5th, 2009 | LINK

Regan– give him the links to the lengthy discussions on el coyote at this very blog.

Then ignore him.

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