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NOM’s Ruth Institute: “It Gets Better” Project “Aggressively Promotes Deviant Sex”

August 09, 2011 5:00 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The Ruth Institute, which is a project of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), claims to be an organization dedicated to “Making Marriage Cool” for young people.

[Ruth Institute, accessed 8/9/11]

But with its recent blog entry  attacking the It Gets Better (IGB) Project  -- an anti-bullying campaign launched in 2010 in response to a string of high-profile LGBT teen suicides -- the Ruth Institute can confidently change its motto to “Making Life Miserable” for LGBT youth.

In her post, author Mary Rice Hasson condemns the IGB Project for promoting “deviant sex,” encouraging kids to participate in the dangerous “LGBT lifestyle,” and failing to offer an “authentic solution” to LGBT youth:

It Gets Better – the youth campaign that makes everything worse


It Gets Better (IGB) is an agenda-driven campaign that caricatures traditional morality and religious people, drives a wedge between parents and children, and aggressively promotes deviant sex.


[T]he project keeps silent about the negative practical consequences of the LGBT lifestyle. No mention of STDs, HIV, AIDS, rates of drug abuse, domestic violence, and infidelity.

It’s “the big-lie-by-omission.”


And that’s the real travesty of the It Gets Better Project: it fails to offer LGBT teens a better way, an authentic solution to their pain. Instead, the project proposes the false dichotomy of suicide and despair, on the one hand, and an unfettered embrace of the homosexual lifestyle, on the other. [emphasis added]

The post doesn’t clarify what that “authentic solution” might be, but considering NOM’s support for “ex-gay” therapy, it’s fair to assume the worst.

This kind of post is something you would expect from organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council or the American Family Association.

It’s not the kind of post you’d expect from an organization that claims that its “battle is not with an orientation” but with attempts to redefine traditional marriage. Apparently, calling the “LGBT lifestyle” violent, deviant, disease-ridden, and drug-filled doesn’t constitute an attack in NOM’s eyes.

As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper pointed out, the Ruth Institute’s post makes it even clearer that NOM actually harbors animus for gay people, not just gay marriage.


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