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UPDATE: Top FRC Congresswoman Denies NYT Report She Supports Gay Marriage

by David Badash on February 27, 2013

in News

Former U.S. Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, whom the New York Times just an hour ago reported had joined over 100 top Republicans in support of same-sex marriage, now denies the report.

“I’m very befuddled by this story,” Musgrave told FOX31 Denver. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. I’m reading it thinking, ‘what in the world?’

“I wasn’t even aware of it. I have not changed my position. I’m trying to imagine where anyone would get that information and I can’t figure it out.”

The brief, organized by former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is openly gay, urges the Supreme Court to declare that gay and lesbian couples have a Constitutional right to marry.

Musgrave is cited in the lede paragraph of a story by the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg as part of a growing group of conservative Republicans supporting Mehlman’s brief.

Stolberg told FOX31 that Musgrave’s name was actually on the brief she was shown for the story.

“I got my information from those collecting the signatures,” she told FOX31 Denver.

Musgrave earned a 100% rating from the Family Research Council, now a certified anti-gay hate group, during most of her congressional tenure.

Rather than being corrected, the article appears to have been removed from the New York Times website, an odd response, but is still shown in their search results: Search

Yesterday, MSNBC reported that former President George W. Bush also had signed on to the brief, which was also incorrect:

msnbc tv_ GOP divided on gay marriage-2


UDATE: 12:25 PM ET —  The New York Times removed the original article but reposted it at a different URL, with this correction noted:

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: February 27, 2013


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that former Representative Marilyn Musgrave, Republican of Colorado, had signed on to the brief. The brief was signed by Ms. Musgrave’s former district director, for herself.

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BJLincoln February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This does not look good. I wonder how many other names appear on the list that are in dispute.
Sending a brief with this in the air is not a good idea. Who ever is in charge needs to check again before submitting the brief.

duncanlemke February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

BJ, there is no dispute about the names that are on the brief. There is however a dispute on the shitty reporting on the part of the NYTs. They are the ones who incorrectly stated that she signed on, she never did. Her name was not added against her will…it was misreported by the NYTs

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