Maine’s No Special Rights PAC Launches “Gay Marriage House Of Horrors”
May 16, 2012 4:30 pm ET by Carlos Maza
On Wednesday, Maine’s No Special Rights PAC launched its “Gay Marriage House of Horrors,” a website apparently aimed at scaring voters into opposing the state’s pro-marriage equality referendum in November.
Despite its ominous name, the website isn’t much of a “house.” It’s actually just a single webpage with an anti-gay image, a link to the No Special Rights PAC blog, and a link for making donations:
It goes without saying that the website doesn’t actually comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. Instead, it’s a portrayal of an offensive and almost comically outdated stereotype of gay men as feminine, flamboyant, and weak.
This kind of over-the-top anti-gay rhetoric is pretty typical for NO Special Rights PAC, which last month distributed a “truth pledge” to students asking them to oppose “sodomy based marriage.” The group has promised to “take off the gloves” in the months leading to November, aiming to focus its campaign on warning voters about the immorality of homosexuality.
Mike Heath, the group’s co-founder, has a history of extreme anti-gay rhetoric, including accusing the gay rights movement of being “rooted in sorcery.”
Earlier this month, Heath regretted behaving in a “womanish” way during the 2009 fight to repeal marriage equality in Maine, adding:
"I never should have put on the suit and blow-dried my hair," he writes. "I never should have tried to use my image, and the image of those around me, to win the battle. I always should have trusted God more than I did." [emphasis added]
Considering Heath’s bizarre understanding of what masculinity looks like, it’s not all that surprising that his organization found the infantile “house of horrors” image to be worthy of its own website.
(h/t Jeremy Hooper via Good As You)