State Fair of Texas opens today

You had us at ‘howdy,’ Big Tex

When the Food Choice Awards rolled out fried bubblegum as the Most Creative winner, we weren’t immediately on board. Yes, we know it’s a marshmallow that tastes like gum, but do we get to stick it under our ferris wheel seat when we’re done? Sure, we’ll try it, but the Best Taste winner Buffalo chicken in a flapjack rings like heaven in our ears. Welcome back, State Fair.

DEETS: Fair Park, 1121 First Ave. Through Oct. 23. $13.95. BigTex.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Hetero missteps = homo wedding rings, and other theories conducive to Maggie’s ambitions

Yes, in the following nugget, Maggie Gallagher is quite undeniably suggesting that same-sex marriages could only take root in a world where human beings experience a “growing disconnect between sex, love, babies, mothers, fathers and marriage”:

Of course marriage is under deep challenge today from many sources, most of them heterosexual. Gay marriage would not be plausible except for the growing disconnect between sex, love, babies, mothers, fathers and marriage. In America, 40% of births are outside wedlock and perhaps 40% of first marriages end in divorce. For me, far from being a reason for us to accept gay unions as marriages, this emergency is the reason the foundational questions about the meaning and purpose of marriage raised by same-sex marriage are so important.” -Maggie Gallagher

For this and many other reasons why she is losing the debate by a very wide margin, go see the ongoing Maggie Gallagher vs. Evan Wolfson debate taking place on The Economist‘s website:

Economist Debates: Single-sex marriage

And don’t forget to vote!

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*Frankly, we wouldn’t mind hearing the moderator ask Maggie about some of her less forthcoming views:

-8/9/10 on Janet Parshall’s radio program: Said that she sees homosexuality as “unfortunate”, and said that gays can “always control [their] behavior”

-6/30/2008 on “Catholic Answers Live”: Said that according to the Catholic faith, both gays and their supporters are committing “several kinds of sins.”

-5/14/2001, Maggie uses Dr. Robert Spitzer’s study in a way that goes against his own wishes and findings, calls homosexuality a “sexual dysfunction”:I believe there is rather powerful evidence that human beings are a two-sex species, designed for sexual rather than asexual reproduction. If this is true, then the absence of desire for the opposite sex represents, at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility. Human beings seeking help in overcoming sexual dysfunctions deserve our respect and support (and may I mention, President Bush, more research dollars?).” [Source]

-3/20/2000, Maggie defends Dr. Laura:In a simple biological framework abstracted from all religion and morality, homosexuality is like infertility. It is a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species.” [Source]

-2/2/2010: Said she initially found gay marriage to be one of a set of issues “so dumb you don’t have to talk about them.” [speech at Franciscan Univ]

-She can often be heard using language that discredits gay love, like the way she dismissively talks about “two dudes” wanting to get hitched or the way she laughs when gays are compared to domesticated birds.




Good As You

—  admin

Video: Steele wants to keep job, hopes gays’ wedding rings make worthy deposit

We’ve already shown you clips of National Organization for Marriage chair Maggie Gallagher talking to five RNC chairperson hopefuls about marriage, specifically the subject of shutting gays out of the system. And all five of those hopefuls, running to the right of current RNC chair Michael Steele, told Maggie exactly what she wanted to hear: Ban the gays, smile so you don’t seem cruel doing it, sleep well knowing you’ve “protected families” (and small tents) for another few years.

Well now it’s current chairman Michael Steele’s turn in the hot seat, except this time Maggie passes the duty on to her NOM colleague Frank Cannon. And as for Steele? Well, he proudly puts on his his staunch conservative mask and draws a clear line in the sand between the GOP’s changing tide and the GOP’s old wave, showing once again why no equality advocate can in good conscience place sincere hope for fair, civil rights gains in this current (or, seemingly, future) incarnation of the GOP:

Hey Michael Steele: Saying something is not exclusionary doesn’t make it so.

*EARLIER: Maggie talks to hopeful Ann Wagner

Maggie talks to hopefuls Saul Anuzis, Gentry Collins, and Reince Priebus




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