Bil Browning

Showing NOM some Hoosier hospitality

Filed By Bil Browning | July 27, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Hoosier hospitality, Indianapolis, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, summer of marriage

When the National Organization for Marriage brought their Summer of Marriage tour bus to Indianapolis to hold an anti-gay marriage rally on the Indiana Statehouse steps, the Hoosier LGBT community decided to greet them with our renowned hospitality.

Apparently no one told NOM that another Hoosier trait is a "no-nonsense basis in reality." I guess they found out when Maggie had to struggle to be heard spewing her anti-gay rhetoric to downtown workers. I had to stand next to the speaker so you could hear her speech.

Their side, however, brandished signs like one that said gay couples should be lynched to support marriage.

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Blows my mind how they continue to believe a) That the majority is on their side b) That other people's marriages affect theirs or anyone else's c) That civil rights are up for majority vote.

Also, what's wrong is to deny others the right to live their lives in stability.

As a Hoosier (always a recovering Hoosier), I can attest to the checkered, if not, shameful past of strong KKK support in Indiana--Martinsville, to be precise which included murder, as well as cross burnings. I grew up in Indianapolis, in a WASPY community where people always made fun of my name and made a point that I was truly different, did not belong. The interesting dynamic about intolerance is that it creates great advocates and fighters, which Indiana also has a long history of creating--Eugene Debs, the great Labor leader of the early 20th century to name one. Indiana University was the first public university in the state to admit blacks, well before desegregation. But it is not an easy place to live and one of the reasons I left. But good for those Hoosiers who stood up to bigotry and hatred yesterday in Indpls. They make me proud.

I just noticed: Maggie's married. Why isn't she wearing a wedding ring?

Donna Pandori Donna Pandori | July 27, 2010 11:22 AM

You took the words right out of my mouth!

Probably for the same reason she never is seen in public with her husband.

She never wears a wedding ring and I suspect it is because her husband is both a foreigner and a Hindu. The Glutton Maggie, fornicator and bastard breeder, is one huge failure of a Catholic and human being. She will go down in history as the most bigotted woman in the 21st century in America. Her kind who live off of the profits of hate and bigotry will end up having funerals with no attendants.

Maybe she gained so much weight that she had to get it cut off.

Donna Pandori Donna Pandori | July 27, 2010 11:24 AM

Where is she taking her road show to next? Somebody should ask her why she isn't wearing a ring. She'll have some excuse I'm sure but for a moment it will take her off task.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | July 27, 2010 6:15 PM

The sad commentary here is that despite apparently being outnumbered 6 to 1 on the steps of the Indiana statehouse, with their numbers (40 or so) hardly representative of a groundswell of anything worth the time of the Indiana General Assembly, the so-called "Indiana Marriage Protection Amendment" will again be introduced next January. Enough legislators on both sides of the aisle will remain timid enough to cater to base anti-equality instincts to make it clear that the battle is far from over.

Worse yet, most legislators (or the public or the Hoosier media, for that matter) have even bothered to study the difference between what was unsucessfully introduced several years ago (named SJR-7), and the most recent version (SJR-13). At least previously the sponsors and the Republican leadership insisted that SJR-7 only targeted "activist judges", and would not stop the elected legislature from enacting civil unions and related rights and benefits. Sue Swayze of the Indiana Family Institute even wrote on IFI's "Veritas Rex" website that although she did not favor such things, it was only right that the legislature be free to do so.

Now, withe nobody paying attention, the IFI, AFA, Advance America and other groups have made their amendment even more draconian, taking away BOTH judicial AND legislative power. So much for the will of the people through their elected representaives.

Hopefully this time around everyone will wake up and realize just how duplicitous and secretive these folks are on this and related issues.

Thank you for actually showing some of NOM's tour itself, not just the crazy attendees and post-rally interviews. There's been so much talk lately about the "tactics" and all that, it's nice to actually get to hear someone articulating their view on the issue itself.

I would love to sit down with Maggie for five minutes and ask her a couple of questions. In particular, I'm intrigued by the argument that they're standing up for "marriage between one man and one woman". That has never been up for debate. Every single person with the signs and the rainbow flags, yelling about marriage equality, they all believe in marriage between one man and one woman. Many of them were probably raised by one man and one woman, and they have no problem with that. Neither does anyone else, anywhere in the country.

Nothing is being taken away from them. If you are gay or bisexual, and you lived in California in the summer of 2008, then you know what it's like to have marriage rights taken away from you. If you are Maggie Gallagher, you do not.