By: Cahir O'Doherty | Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 2:37 PM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:24 PM
Maggie Gallagher, the increasingly pugnacious leader of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is amping up the anti-gay rhetoric in a new and alarming fashion.
After New York enacted its first legal same sex weddings at the weekend, the anti-gay activist told the Christian Broadcasting Network that 'it's gonna be a bloody mess in New York.'
Gallagher's overheated rhetoric was eye-popping after a weekend that saw a self-declared right wing Christian fundamentalist murder almost 100 teenagers in defense of his own 'traditional values.'
On Sunday the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) organized a public protest against same sex marriage in the city with support from the group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (a group 'dedicated to influencing legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ').
The constitutional freedoms these groups were protecting were their own of course, and they clearly refused to see the irony in calling for the removal of the freedoms of others. But framing the debate in terms of violent acts towards gays was a new gambit for the increasingly desperate activist.
NOM's anti-gay and largely religiously inspired march attracted notably large numbers of Latino and African American protestors (who incidentally, also make up a large percentage of the city's gay and lesbian community, leaving an very open question as to the strength of family love and acceptance in their own communities).
Gallagher told the crowd that outlawing marriage equality would be 'mission critical' for the anti-gay organizations.
Gallagher would be better off strengthening her own marriage than trying to undermine someone else's. Perhaps she could have spent the millions her organization has raised on helping the disadvantaged, the elderly and the infirm rather than hounding and harassing her gay neighbors for no other reason than her animus toward their existence.
Now that Gallagher's organization is losing the argument with Democrats AND Republicans, can we expect to hear even more of this dangerously overheated rhetoric from her organization?