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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This Generation’s Roe v. Wade

Dear friend,

Next week, the Supreme Court will probably rule on two marriage cases. They will decide whether 7 million Californians who passed Prop 8 have the Constitutional right to vote to define marriage as one man and one woman, and whether Congress can so define marriage for the limited purpose of federal law.

Pundits are predicting a messy, hard-to-interpret decision, possibly refusing to issue any ruling on the substance on the grounds neither the House nor Prop 8 proponents have standing.

Pundits have also worked overtime the last few months to reassure the Court that it can rule for gay marriage without fear of creating another Roe v. Wade.

On June 10, for example, the Christian Science Monitor published an op ed by James Richardson, a self-described “conservative communication strategist” who worked for the RNC and Jon Huntsman, “Why Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling Won’t Be like Roe v. Wade.”

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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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Maggie on Justice Kennedy & Same-Sex Marriage in Bloomberg

Speaking on behalf of the American Principles Project, Maggie Gallagher had some insight into how “swing vote” Justice Kennedy may lean in the coming Supreme Court cases on Prop 8 and DOMA:

“Backers of Proposition 8 say they’re confident Kennedy will vote to uphold the measure and refuse to recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Even after new laws go into effect allowing gay marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington, only nine of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, will permit the practice.

“It would be unlike Kennedy to overturn the laws of 41 states,” said Maggie Gallagher, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, a Washington-based group that opposes gay marriage.

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Is President Obama losing North Carolina because of same-sex marriage?

Ben Knotts, Raleigh American Government Examiner:

While other factors might be responsible – the timing of the shift of support in North Carolina coincides well with the candidates expressing their beliefs about marriage, and this is why it is reasonable to suggest that this is where Romney gained the lead – and the President lost it.