Does Faith = Hate?

Rod Dreher had a thoughtful article at The American Conservative that quotes Maggie.  An excerpt:

This summer’s Windsor decision from the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, but it did not declare a constitutional right to gay marriage. Yet even Maggie Gallagher, the country’s most tireless and high-profile opponent of same-sex marriage, now believes such an outcome is a foregone conclusion.

“It’s clear that the courts are going to shut down the marriage debate and impose gay marriage uniformly,” she says. “There is not yet a unified sense of where we go from here, except for this: there is an accelerating awareness that the consequence of marriage equality is going to be extremely negative for traditionalist Christians.”

…To gay marriage supporters, homosexuality is, like race, a morally neutral condition. Opponents disagree, believing that because homosexuality, like heterosexuality, has to do with behavior, it cannot be separated from moral reflection. As Gallagher put it in a 2010 paper in Northwestern University’s law journal, “Skin color does not give rise to a morality.”Read More…

Lawlessness in New Mexico

Maggie was recently quoted in a Reuters story about a county clerk in New Mexico taking it upon himself to issue same-sex marriage licenses even though it is not legal in New Mexico.  The Attorney General’s response?  Do nothing.

Maggie Gallagher, an opponent of same-sex marriage and a board member with the American Principles Project, criticized the move by Ellins, saying he should allow the courts to decide whether same-sex marriage should proceed in New Mexico.

“Bypassing that process is lawless and in itself unconstitutional and politically motivated,” she said.

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The Roe of Marriage

Maggie on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision:

I don’t believe in inevitability, I believe in human freedom and our power to shape the future. So it depends on us. But certainly I believe, as I wrote in the Los Angeles Times, that the questions raised by marriage — deeply rooted in our conception of who we are as men and women, the meaning of sexuality and gender — cannot be put to rest by the power of five lawyers on however high a court.

The cultural struggle I predicted in “Banned in Boston” is clearly playing out. Will they succeed in persuading us to accept the second-class status Kennedy lays out for us?

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Pope Francis: Marriage is One Man and One Woman

Pope Francis made his position on marriage abundantly clear.  Via LifeSiteNews:

In his first encyclical letter, released this morning, Pope Francis has reiterated that marriage is a union of one man and one woman for the procreation and nurturing of children.

This lifelong pledge is possible only in the light of a greater plan for marriage, he said: “Promising love for ever is possible when we perceive a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love.”

Titled Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), the encyclical is known to have been authored mainly by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was still working on it at the time of his abdication and it strongly reflects the theological style of Francis’ predecessor. In his introduction, Pope Francis wrote that he merely “added a few contributions of my own.”

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Maggie “Is Right About That”

As gay rights activists celebrate and ponder their future more and more are conceding: Maggie was right about what our movement means for traditional believers and moralists:

From Josh Goodman at HuffPo’s Gay Voices:

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, has repeatedly expressed concerns that the expansion of marriage equality means that people who voice support for a one-man-and-one-woman-only definition of marriage will be viewed as bigots. She’s right about that. . . .

Maggie on the Dennis Miller Show

Maggie was on the Dennis Miller Show yesterday (interviewed by a guest host) to discuss last week’s ruling on DOMA and Proposition 8.  You can listen below.

L.A. Times: Moral Issues Can’t Simply Be Ruled Invalid

Maggie had an op/ed printed in the Los Angeles Times today entitled “Moral Issues can’t simply be ruled invalid.”  An excerpt:

To overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy invented a standard of “heightened scrutiny” for any law representing what he termed an “unusual deviation.” As he wrote: “DOMA’s unusual deviation from the usual tradition of recognizing and accepting state definitions of marriage here operates to deprive same-sex couples of the benefits and responsibilities that come with the federal recognition of their marriages.”

But that standard of deviation from “tradition” has never been applied to the many laws enacted by Congress that have affirmed new, leftist values.

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Maggie in the News: SCOTUS Ruling on DOMA and Prop8

Via USA Today:

But Maggie Gallagher, founder of the National Organization for Marriage, which put Prop 8 on the ballot, criticized the Supreme Court. In a written statement, Gallager said Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion “unfairly and illegitimately makes ‘custom’ and ‘tradition’ a sufficient reason to overturn the democratic branch of government — a standard which has never been applied when Congress passes new laws that affirm new leftist values.”

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SCOTUS Can’t Settle Marriage Question

Maggie was quoted at NBCNews.com on the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8.

“I don’t think that the Supreme Court can settle a question as deep as what is marriage,” Gallagher said. “The future will be written. I don’t think anything is inevitable.”

Chicago Gay Bar to Host Gallagher, Corvino for Marriage Discussion

From the Chicago Phoenix:

An event that will bring Maggie Gallagher, the former president of the intensely anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, to a popular Boystown entertainment destination for a conversation on marriage equality next month is drawing ire among local queer activists.

The event, as part of The Marin Foundation’s Living in the Tension speaker series on marriage equality, will host Gallagher and Dr. John Corvino, a nationally recognized columnist and LGBT rights activist, at Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St. July 23.

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