In an interview with Huffington Post, rabid anti-gay crusader (and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage) Maggie Gallagher says she feels “more freedom” having stepped away from fighting against marriage equality:
I went into this fight, in good conscience, because I believed it mattered and that I had something to contribute. I did not promise myself I would win. I promised myself I would do everything I could see, to do this good, to fight for marriage as a universal human institution with certain goods and goals. I feel a great deal of contentment about that.
I can see some things I might have done differently, but basically I was at post. One cannot do anything better with one’s life than stand up for what you deeply believe in, i.e, to speak truth, whether in power or to power.
I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life.
Gallagher also acknowledges the fight over marriage equality is all but over at this point saying, “We are now in the ‘gay marriage in all 50 states’ phase whether we like it or not.”
A once high-profile opponent of same-sex couples’ marriage rights took aim Monday at Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to sign legislation into law that would ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors.
Maggie Gallagher, the former head of the National Organization for Marriage, who has kept a low profile over the past year, reappeared on the public scene Monday to attack the New Jersey governor for his bill signing.
“The new law communicates to gays and lesbians seeking to conform their lives to their values that they are second-glass [sic] citizens, without the same right to seek help that other people enjoy. It is a right of self-determination that Gov. Christie has shut down,” Gallagher said in a statement in her role as chairman of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.
New Jersey’s LGBT group, Garden State Equality, defended Christie and the legislation — an unusual position for the group that has been fighting Christie on his opposition to marriage equality.
“It’s not about self-determination. What she’s advocating for is taking away self-determination from the youth of New Jersey,” Garden State Equality executive director Troy Stevenson said.
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This morning on MSNBC, with a shrug of her shoulders, NOM’s former president Maggie Gallagher batted her eyes at the idea that her organization “has the power” to influence the black and latino communities on the issue of marriage equality.
And yet, they’ve spent $20 million doing just that…
Seriously folks, you can’t make this up.
In a recent speech at the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah, Maggie Gallagher (of the anti-gay and ironically named National Organization for Marriage) claims she’s a victim of “hatred” and that she never set out to attack the idea of marriage equality.
From Shewired.com: “I avoided the discussion of gay marriage as long as I possibly could,” Gallagher said, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News. When Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, though, she feared it meant a change in the common understanding of marriage, and she created the National Organization for Marriage.
“By the very act of declaring that two men in a union are in a marriage we are announcing that marriage has nothing to do with bringing mothers and fathers and children together,” she told the dinner guests.
Somewhere lost in all that is the idea that hundreds of civil rights are attached to civil marriage licenses. And there that are plenty of heterosexual married couples who don’t have children. Those marriages she doesn’t seem to oppose.
She also said that opponents of same-sex marriage are unfairly characterized as intolerant: “You are like a bigot who is opposed to interracial marriage.”
Well, Maggie, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck….