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Best Wishes and Hopes for Thomas Peters

Rob Tisinai

July 17th, 2013

NOM’s communications director Thomas Peters has been in a serious accident:

Thomas was involved in an accident yesterday evening and has sustained major injuries. He is awake, responsive, and in stable but critical condition. Family and friends are with him.

I’ve tangled with him before and have been sharply critical of him, but today I wish him my best and send him all my hopes for a full and speedy recovery.



Timothy Kincaid
July 17th, 2013 | LINK

I too wish Peters well.

I hope that during this time of recovery, he will reflect on his role in life and discover that life is a precious and fragile thing not to be squandered on causing difficulty for others. Many many people (Sen. Kirk comes to mind) have found that challenge breeds empathy and that the things which separate us are outweighed by our common humanity.

But even should he not find an epiphany, I wish him a full and speedy recovery. Whether he values my life, I value his.

July 17th, 2013 | LINK

Get well soon.

Thom Watson
July 17th, 2013 | LINK

I too wish him well and a full and speedy recovery. But I’ll also admit that one of my first thoughts was that when he does recover, it won’t be the doctors that will be thanked, it will be the prayers that he, his family, and a myriad of others have requested. And, in fact, I expect our opponents to use his recovery as “proof” that god answers prayers and that god saved Peters specifically because god supports his work in demonizing gay people and our families.

Thom Watson
July 17th, 2013 | LINK

Even as I wish Peters no ill, the idea that even his recovery likely will be used as a weapon against us saddens me.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

One of the things all of us in this pitched war of words struggles with is the need to overcome our cynicism, to not lose our own humanity while we decry the hypocrisy and cruelty of our opponents’ words and actions as they move about in a world only they know, spouting nonsensical, self-serving things only they seem to be able to grasp as sound logic. When this young man recovers – and I pray he does – I hope he will realize the blessing it was to have the spouse whom he loves at his side in the hospital, and that he will reconsider pursuing strategies which force those who are LGBT to live in a world where one’s most beloved must sit in a waiting room like a stranger. Life is too short. Hopefully Thomas Peters will finally see that.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Thom Watson, we have a very good response to that, should they choose to argue it. If Peters’ work was so important, why didn’t God prevent the accident to begin with? Surely at this critical period, any time spent away from the action could hurt the cause.

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