August 18, 2011 4:57 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
Sometimes, you have to do a little digging to figure out how deep the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) anti-LGBT animus actually goes.
Such was the case with an August 18 NOM blog post highlighting what GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) “didn’t say about marriage” during her recent Meet The Press interview with David Gregory.
During that appearance, Bachmann dodged questions about her position on homosexuality, including statements she has made claiming that homosexuality is “part of Satan” and that the “gay and lesbian lifestyle” is “personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement.”
NOM’s post links to a column written by the National Review Online’s (NRO) Kathryn Jean Lopez, in which Lopez suggested that Bachmann didn’t say enough about homosexuality and marriage. But in forwarding Lopez’s criticism of “what Bachmann didn’t say,” NOM’s blog post excluded the part of Lopez’s column where she explains what Bachmann should have said:
The only way that conversation could have truly progressed would have been if it was allowed to go way deeper. Something tells me a political adviser would rather it had just shut down. My fantasy version of that conversation would move forward with the interviewee responding early:
“I’ll stand by what I said and I’ll go further: We’re living in a culture that is enslaved.
“David, there is a reason I’m happy to talk about my marriage and the need for mutual respect and spiritual leadership. Because I’m all too aware of the alternatives. Just look around. We’re tripping over the alternatives as we seek instant gratification instead of genuine love. I said what I said about homosexuality, and if I were running to be pastor-in-chief I’d be talking to you about it every day, along with the fact that all too often we have no clear vision of what love truly is.” [emphasis added]
According to Lopez Bachmann’s “personal enslavement” comments weren’t just right, they didn’t go far enough. Bachmann should have gone on to assert that gay people, including the loving, committed gay and lesbian couples seeking legal recognition of their relationships, are pursuing “instant gratification” and “have no clear vision of what love truly is.”
As always, it gets worse. At the end of her column, Lopez points out that one presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, has been having this important “conversation” in a “political context”:
Rick Santorum has been having that conversation as much as one can in a political context. He has been long before New York State or any other state legalized same-sex marriage. As a result, he has been eviscerated for it, his very name made to be a perversion as thanks for his courage in confronting the issue.
Lopez includes a link in that paragraph which leads to another NRO article, “Rick Santorum Is Right.” And what exactly is Rick Santorum right about? Supporting the criminalization of gay sex, of course!
The article praises Rick Santorum, who was arguing at the time that state sodomy laws are justified because, according to Santorum, gay sex “undermine[s] the basic tenets of our society and the family.”
And who wrote the Santorum NRO article? None other than Robert George, NOM’s Chairman Emeritus.
In other words, what Bachmann should have been saying about marriage, according Lopez and trumpeted by NOM, is that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because being gay is a form of slavery that undermines society and can’t produce “genuine love.”
When, at the end of her column, Lopez claims that Bachmann’s position on marriage is “just skirting something deeper,” she’s really talking about NOM too. And you don't have to dig too hard to find NOM's true views about LGBT people.
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