NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, yesterday on their NOMblog website ran a story titled, “Lesbian Couple Boasts About Hiding Gender of Son for Five Years,” falsely claiming that a heterosexual, one-man, one-woman couple was a lesbian couple, with the clear intent of demonizing same-sex couples. The only problem is that NOM is lying, once again.
NOM, which works to deprive loving same-sex couples from their right to marry, and has worked especially hard in the past year to portray the LGBT community as morally deviant, ran the story, merely quoting an article at Yahoo!, that details a story about a man and a woman, Beck Laxton, 46, and her male partner, Kieran Cooper, 44, who chose to raise the infant we now know is a boy, without revealing his gender to the world, and allowing him to play with traditionally male and female toys, and dressing however he chose:
“I wanted to avoid all that stereotyping,”Laxton said in aninterview with the Cambridge News. “Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?”
What the story does have, however, is a lot of comments, which NOM is moderating. Comments calling the actions of the couple “child abuse,” and “sick,” just fueling the anti-gay hatred NOM purveys. When The New Civil Rights Movement accessed the story at about 12:45 PM today, there were 31 comments. Upon accessing the page again at 1:05 PM, there were 27 comments. At least four comments were apparently deleted, but not the ones attacking gays and lesbians. At that time as well, almost a full 24 hours after publication, NOM changed the title. All NOM did was remove the word “Lesbian” from the title. They published no correction, no retraction, no official update.
Maggie Gallagher, NOM’s former president and Chair, prides herself on her former career as a journalist. NOM knows basic journalistic standards, but cares not to follow them. Which its why they have no problem stealing images, music, videos, and published works from well-known authors. (Yes, we have proof.)
The comments are important because they feed the lie that NOM is telling.
Here’s a sample:
“This is a perfect example of what the gaye community are pushing on society, and God’s children! The two (adults) here have made their (choice), to live this sinful lifestyle. But, the two adults already made the choice for this child!! God tells us in his word, that homosxuality is a sin! Man shall not lay with same flesh, as with woman also! I pray that for all of you whom are living this lifestyle, repent of this sin, for in the end is your judgement!! Help them father God!!”
Fortunately, a few of the comments do state the couple is heterosexual, but NOM conveniently has not bothered to issue a retraction or apology or explanation.
This is empirical evidence that meets, in part, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s definition of a hate group, a group that repeatedly propagates known falsehoods. I have every confidence that the SPLC, were they to launch an investigation, would find NOM now meets the full definition and deserves to be certified as a hate group.
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