NOM & Pat Robertson's Anti-LGBT Rhetoric Profiled in GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project
UPDATE: Video from Maggie Gallagher's appearance on MSNBC can be found here: http://www.glaad.org/news/maggie-gallagher-defends-noms-racially-divisiv...
National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher is reportedly scheduled to appear on MSNBC today to discuss the revelations of NOM’s plans to divide communities.
GLAAD today announced the addition of NOM to the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project. NOM was already the group with the highest number of representatives on #glaadCAP. Five associated figures (Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, Christopher Plante, Jennifer Roback Morse, Robert George) are among the anti-LGBT activists profiled.
GLAAD also announced the addition of Pat Robertson to #glaadCAP. Robertson this week said on his ‘700 Club’ television show that being gay is a "compulsion" that is "somehow related to demonic possession."
“Both NOM and Pat Robertson this week further exposed the depths to which they are willing to go to turn Americans against their LGBT friends, family, co-workers and neighbors,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “If the media is going to include the voices of NOM or Robertson in any story about LGBT people, it has the responsibility to inform its audience about who these people truly are, and the insidious tactics they employ to derail equality for every American.”
This week, the Human Rights Campaign revealed that NOM has been employing tactics designed specifically to "(fan) hostility" between the LGBT community and the Black community, and to turn the Latino community against marriage equality by painting the issue as being part of an "assimilation" threat. The documents also revealed that NOM has been looking for celebrities who are glamorous, but (in NOM's own words) "Non-Cognitive" to represent their side.
Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond appeared on ‘Anderson Cooper 360’ last night and called NOM’s tactics “one of the most cynical things I’ve ever heard of or seen spelled out in this way.” Bond went on to discuss his history of advocating for LGBT people: “When the gay movement… became more and more prominent, and it became something that people like myself, straight people, could join in and participate, I was eager to play whatever part I could. Because this is something, I think, important to all of us.”
View the Commentator Accountability Project at www.glaad.org/cap
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