Earlier this afternoon, the Department of Justice announced that it would no longer defend Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act, following a review conducted by DOJ and the White House which found that its definition of marriage as a "legal union between one man and one woman" was unconstitutional. On Fox News' America Live, anchor Megyn Kelly reported on the announcement and then turned for reaction to National Organization for Marriage chairman Maggie Gallagher, who attacked President Obama for "an extraordinary unconstitutional measure." Gallagher was the first person from whom Fox News obtained a reaction following the DOJ release.
Gallagher is an anti-gay activist who has claimed that the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and represents the downfall of "American civilization." She has described same-sex marriage as a "lie about human nature" and claimed that "[p]olygamy is not worse than gay marriage, it is better," because "[a]t least polygamy, for all its ugly defects, is an attempt to secure stable mother-father families for children."
Video of the segment below:
From the February 15 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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CNN's Erick Erickson spent much of the January 31 broadcast of his radio show discussing criticism of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A for its support for anti-gay organizations -- and in doing so, Erickson agreed with a caller who asserted that gays "have nothing to be happy about" and did not disagree with the same caller's explanation that "their life is perverted. It's evil." Erickson also suggested that gays cannot be part of "real families" and condoned workplace discrimination against gays and non-Christians.
A January 29 New York Times article noted that Chick-fil-A has faced criticism for "strict hiring practices, which require potential operators to discuss their marital status and civic and church involvement" (the company settled a lawsuit filed by a Muslim restaurant owner who said he was fired for not praying to Jesus) and that "the company's operators, its WinShape Foundation and the Cathy family have given millions of dollars to a variety of causes and programs, including … groups working to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives." Most recently, a Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A franchise's "sponsorship of a February marriage seminar by one of that state's most outspoken groups against homosexuality" drew criticism.
And Erick Erickson knows all of that -- we know he knows it because he read a portion of that very article on-air. But despite being aware of the fact that Chick-fil-A settled a lawsuit filed by an employee who says he was fired for not praying to Jesus, Erickson repeatedly downplayed the Chick-fil-A controversy, pretending it is based entirely on the donation of some chicken sandwiches by an individual franchise, and mockingly claiming that Chick-fil-A critics are complaining that the company is racist for serving only white meat.
Here's how Erickson explains the controversy:
ERICKSON: The gays are boycotting Chick-fil-A because a Chick-fil-A franchisor -- not the company, ladies and gentlemen, not the corporation, not all of the Chick-fil-A operators in the country, one Chick-fil-A independent franchisor in Pennsylvania provided free food to a nonprofit group that just happens to be conservative, and supports families. Like, real families.
Erickson knows that isn't true -- he's read a New York Times article that explains that there have been complaints about the parent company, not just an "independent franchisor in Pennsylvania." In other words, he's lying. (And, in doing so, implying that "real families" do not include gays.)
GOProud out at annual summit of conservatives
CPAC determination reviews participation by 'gays'
WASHINGTON – The homosexual activist group GOProud, whose inclusion in the Conservative Political Action Conference here last year and last week stirred controversy within the largest annual conservative gathering, will not be welcomed back next year, sources tell WND.
WND adds that "a source has confirmed that a board vote has been taken that will realign plans for those who participate next year to exclude homosexual advocacy."
From February 12 coverage of CPAC 2011:
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From coverage of February 12 at CPAC:
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From February 12 coverage at CPAC:
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As Media Matters pointed out, this year's CPAC has been the site of a battle between traditional, socially conservative groups such as the Family Research Council, and GOProud, a gay conservative group. In the days leading up to CPAC, the right-wing media, even the holdouts, began taking sides, almost universally against GOProud and in favor of social conservatives.
The rising tide against GOProud appears to have had an effect. In a recent interview on the FrumForum, Al Cardenas, the incoming head of the American Conservative Union, the group responsible for CPAC, stated that "it's going to be difficult to continue the relationship" with GOProud. From the FrumForum:
Cardenas, who was selected yesterday to replace outgoing chairman David Keene, told FrumForum that he disapproved of GOProud's response to the furor.
"I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that's not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things," said Cardenas
Cardenas made it clear, however, that the issues with GOProud were not limited to reaction and personal attacks, but ideology as well. Cardenas stated that he will prioritize the "true friends" of the ACU. From the FrumForum:
Asked about whether he values a big tent approach to conservatism, Cardenas said that he did - but that his vision applied principally to reaching out to different minorities and ethnic groups.
"There are not enough African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities here. That diversity is critical - you don't need to change your value system to attract more diversity into the movement... [but] I'm not going to - for the sake of being inclusive - change the principles that have made the movement what it is," said Cardenas.
"David [Keene] invited these folks [GOProud] in an effort to be inclusive... Having friends of ours leaving... presents difficulties to me," he said. "There's always going to be some tension, [but] there should never be any tension between time-tested values."
Asked if someone who supported gay marriage could be a conservative, Cardenas replied, "Not a Ronald Reagan conservative... I will say this: we adopted a resolution unanimously at ACU advocating traditional marriage between a man and a woman, so that answers how we feel on the issue."
Cardenas says that his priorities as the new ACU chairman will be focused on "making sure that our true friends never leave the table."
From the February 10 edition of Fox Business Network's Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano:
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Following GOProud's invitation to participate in the annual conservative conference CPAC, many social conservatives objected, with several groups--including the Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center--vowing to boycott the event, in part because of gay conservative group's inclusion. As CPAC begins, many in the right-wing media have taken sides against GOProud.
A February 9 post on the right-wing blog Big Government discussed several conservative groups' boycott of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) following CPAC's inclusion of the conservative gay group GOProud at its annual conference. The post appeared to equate Gay-conservatives" with "Islamist-conservatives," by asking, "If one is ok with Gay-conservatives then what about Islamist-conservatives, or Muslims who happen to be conservative but are not radical Islamists?" Andrew Breitbart, who is the publisher of Big Government, was recently named to GOProud's board. From the post:
Now, there are fair questions being asked regarding whether the gay inclusion amounts to compromising values. Certainly tolerance at some point implies endorsement. If one is ok with Gay-conservatives then what about Islamist-conservatives, or Muslims who happen to be conservative but are not radical Islamists? I think Reagan would have an answer for that too. [Big Government, 2/9/11]
Erick Erickson is the latest conservative to take sides in the battle between social conservatives and GOProud, a gay conservative organization. In a post on Red State, Erickson claimed GOProud "is not a conservative organization" after GOProud co-founder Chris Barron called conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell a "bigot." From Red State:
I have, for me, shown an amazing amount of restraint in keeping my mouth shut on an issue about which I can stay silent no longer -- GOProud and CPAC.
I have done my best to stay out of this business, keep my mouth shut, and appreciate my friends on both sides of the CPAC divide. Had I not seen this particular attack by GOProud against long time solid conservatives I'd continue keeping my mouth shut. But this is too much. And my guess is that there aren't many if any willing to call foul, so I will do it.
As someone who spent time trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, I accept this as conclusive proof that, while it is a Republican organization, GOProud is not a conservative organization.
Those groups and people who have sat out CPAC this year have done so not because they hate the gays, as Grover Norquist and GOProud would have you believe, but because GOProud is not a conservative organization and its agenda is not a conservative agenda.
For that, they are called losers and nasty bigots.
These losers and nasty bigots have done a lot more for the conservative movement than GOProud. And I am very happy to call them my friends.
This week, I'd much rather be with them than be at CPAC.
In a February 9 Washington Times op-ed, Scott Magill, executive director of Veterans in Defense of Liberty, called GOProud and the American Conservative Union "enemies of the American tradition." Magill further stated that GOProud "seek[s] to brainwash America's youth through the school system by inserting favorable references to homosexuality in the curriculum as early as kindergarten."
From Magill's op-ed:
Many conservative organizations have chosen to boycott this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), but Veterans in Defense of Liberty will be there in force. Our group is going to CPAC to fulfill our sworn and solemn oath to "defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic." Unfortunately, the nation's pre-eminent grass-roots conservative gathering has become a showcase for the enemies of the American tradition.
The ACU has landed solidly behind the radical homosexual agenda. Veterans in Defense of Liberty does not oppose people who are homosexual, although we do object to their behavior. However, we forthrightly oppose the policy prescriptions expressed by GOProud.
The homosexual agenda of GOProud parallels that of other homosexual ideology, militantly demanding social approval and that homosexual principles assume the same moral high ground as heterosexual ideals. GOProud members use the Saul Alinsky-like strategy of seeking to subvert traditional morals: marginalization of their enemy and destruction of the traditional family. They favor repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment and seek to brainwash America's youth through the school system by inserting favorable references to homosexuality in the curriculum as early as kindergarten. Religiously based moral objections to this approach are swept aside in the name of "separation of church and state."
Of course, this is the Washington Post we're talking about, so the call for civility is directed at those who criticize anti-gay bigotry, not those who practice it:
Remember, this is Washington Post, which features anti-gay screeds on National Coming Out Day, treats gay suicide as a two-sided issue, gives a blog to someone who calls homosexuality an "abomination" and "indecent" and "perversion," features activists who want "gay behavior" outlawed and who urge military chaplains to denounce gay congregants, treats hate-merchants like Bill Donohue as respectable figures, and promotes claims that gay sex "serves death" and comparisons of gay-rights advocates to racists and assertions that gays are sexist.
And now the Post thinks it's important to promote the claim that it is uncivil to refer to discrimination against gays as homophobic. Yeah. We wouldn't want to hurt the feelings of the "God hates fags" crowd. Speaking of which: This call for civility is entirely one-sided: It doesn't contain so much as a word of reproach for those who use ugly rhetoric to attack gays.
A February 2 post on the right-wing blog Jawa Report linked to an article about a Portuguese journalist who was reportedly castrated with a corkscrew and asked, "Isn't that how Rachel Maddow got started?":