Where is Brian Brown? NOM’s Maggie Gallagher: “I’m not Brian’s keeper”

July 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm 153 comments

By Eden James

Arisha Michelle Hatch, our NOMTourTracker.com lead, met Maggie Gallagher, a founder of NOM, today. We’ve got video of their first encounter.

Why was Maggie in Columbus today? To take over for Brian Brown, at least from what she said.

Money quote: “I’m not Brian’s keeper.”

What do you think? Was this just a regularly scheduled change in the speaker schedule on the NOM tour? Or is Brian Brown’s failure to execute on this tour — from the #NOMturnoutFAIL to the threatened arrest of our videographer — becoming a political problem that only Maggie can solve, by mere virtue of changing the face in front of our camera?

Meanwhile, any of you Trackers have photoshopping skills? Andy Kelley, our New Media Organizer, just had a few visual “Where is Brian Brown” brainstorms:

1) “Lost Cat” poster
2) “MISSING” milk carton
3) “Where in the World is Brian Brown?”

Have some fun (within reason, of course) in the comments and we’ll post our favorite image to our Testimony: Equality on Trial facebook page!

UPDATE BY EDEN: This just in from Courage organizer Anthony Ash… video from Maggie Gallagher’s speech today in front of a very sparsely attended Columbus rally (skip ahead to 2:30 in the video to see just how sparsely attended):

Maggie’s message to NOM’s minions: “Hate is not a family value.” Hypocrisy much?

Of course, love IS a family value, and marriage is our society’s method of officially recognizing love and partnership between two people.. That’s why we support marriage equality.

UPDATE BY EDEN: Anthony just uploaded this overview of today, including a bunch of sights and sounds. This video includes:

1) Another interview with Maggie Gallagher, who claims she doesn’t know what the NOM Tour Tracker is — after all, she’s “not a big blogger” — and repeats that she’s “not Brian’s keeper.”

2) Footage of the counter-protest
3) An interview with Erin and Michelle, a sweet lesbian couple that approached the rally and were stopped by a police officer.

Check out the video and let us know what your favorite moment is — and favorite quote.

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  • 1. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm


    • 2. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Adding that list to my emails…

      and BTW, whomever mentioned using GMail ROCKS. It’s so much easier to manage these emails than Thunderbird.

    • 3. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm


      • 4. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

        Anyone else having problems with the subscription page? When I go to the url in the subscription email, it’s bringing up a blank white page. Anyone else?

      • 5. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

        Are you looking it at http://dashboard.wordpress.com/? Everything looks normal to me there.

      • 6. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

        Can you post the link you are clicking please?
        (copy and paste it here)

      • 7. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

        I am too Kathleen… : ( …Ronnie

      • 8. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

        Yup, me too…blank page

      • 9. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

        eDee, don’t want to copy and paste the link here becauase it includes my private email… which I don’t like posting on public boards.

        I see other people are having trouble, too, so much be a wordpress thing.

      • 10. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

        Trying it again…

      • 11. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm

        Scribing still not working for me…so gonna try again.

      • 12. Alan E.  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

        I am still having problems with subscribing.

      • 13. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

        I contacted WordPress from my personal blog and described the situation to them, because I am beginning to think this is a problem there, rather than here at the P8TT. On both of the last two threads, I have had to go into subscriptions from my blog in order to confirm them.

  • 14. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

                                                THE FUTURE OF NOM’S BUS TOUR
                                                                    (short story)

           Brian Brown (by the end of his FAIL tour) says, “Today we’re holding this ‘One man, One woman’ rally for this one man and this one woman!  Oh, lady, please don’t walk away: we need at least one woman!  Pleeeeeese!
           She turns back, comes up to him, spits at him and says, “I have a wonderful son who happens to be gay.  Don’t you dare tell me he has no right to be happy with his equally wonderful fiancé!
           “Thank you, mommy!” says with tears in his eyes the ‘one man’ part of the group, and they both walk away from the rally.
           Later, on his hate-mongering blog that has no visits anymore except for his own, Brown reports a thousand-people crowd that cheered to every word of his, providing a picture with a crowd of people photoshopped from the pictures of 2010 FIFA World Cup fans.

                                                                      The End

    • 15. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:31 am

      Shorter Story (Zen Version)

      If NOM holds a rally and no one comes, does Mormon heaven exist?

      The End … Of a Reign of Moron Horror

  • 16. Richard W. Fitch  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I so want to follow but my e-mail is bursting at the seams with all the wonderful reports and comments. ;-(

  • 17. Billy  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Me-yow! Haggie sounded a little catty.

  • 18. Chris  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    (a) He was arrested after playing footsie with an undercover police officer in a bathroom stall

    (b) Someone took a photo of him cavorting with a shirtless young man who he had hired to handle his bag, er, bags

    (c) Maggie Gallagher actually is Brian Brown, and no one has figured this out yet because he’s got mad cross-dressing skills

    (d) He was doing such a poor job enforcing God’s will that God had to call him home, and he is now checking coats at the Pearly Gates

    (e) All of the above.

    • 19. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      Chis I was soooooo thinking letter (c)…ROFL..but you beat me too it


      • 20. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

        sorry typo.. Chris not Chis…I thought i typed it right… ; )

      • 21. Chris  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

        I think the only evidence we have that he isn’t is the fact that they’ve been seen together.

        Maybe he has an evil(er) twin.

  • 22. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I’ll do the “Where in the World is Brian Brown” one…lol…that’s funny


    • 23. Dpeck  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      Ooh! A “Where’s Waldo” puzzle !! When you put the 500 pieces together, it’s a picture of hundreds of guys dressed up as the members of the Village People, and then you have to find Brian Brown hidden in amongst them!!

      • 24. fiona64  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

        Maybe Brian’s just upset because he isn’t as hot a construction worker as David Hodo.


      • 25. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

        The cop in Village people wasn’t exactly one to throw away either! What am I saying? They were all hot!

  • 26. Sagesse  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm


  • 27. Dave in Maine  |  July 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Send me email!!!

  • 29. AndrewPDX  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Subscribing… Wish there was an auto-scribe feature

  • 30. Dave in CA  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Maggie’s message to NOM’s minions: “Hate is not a family value.”

    Then they really ought to stop practicing it.

    • 31. RebeccaRGB  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      What really tears me is that used to be one of *our* rallying cries.

      I’m sorry, NOM, but that saying is too out of character for you.

  • 32. VRAlbany  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Didn’t he promise us earlier something to the effect of, “We are real families, and we’re not going away.”?
    So… where did they go?
    Maybe he took his kids on a real summer vacation. I hope he did. Driving across the country, listening to the same boring speeches over and over again, and seeing daddy get frustrated and ignored in different cities doesn’t sound like too much fun to me.
    Enjoy your time off, Brian and family! :-)

  • 33. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Ok, all of you who did not attend brainwashing school of higher education may not fully understand that sentence.

    Either she doesn’t like Brian or she’s in the dark and she’s pissed she doesn’t know what’s going on.

    • 34. Dave in CA  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      Either way, she’s a much better liar than Brian was.

      • 35. VRAlbany  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

        I agree, her composure is much better than his. She’s still giving us the same BS message, but putting it in a much nicer, less sweaty and nervous-looking package.

      • 36. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

        Some of the WordPress plugins aren’t working because of the WordPress upgrade.

        I’ve been having issues with some of my blogs also. upgrading the plug in didn’t help.

      • 37. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

        Once again, my comment just posts where ever it pleases!!

    • 38. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      Or she murdered him and doesn’t want to tell her heavenly father.

      • 39. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

        @Kathleen LMAO

        I know she’s out of the loop and she’s pissed. I can feel it when I look at her in the video.
        But there’s more, she’s assuming and she’s raging, but she’s trying to act cool and collected – shes’ not.

    • 40. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:29 am

      Oh dear, Maggie. Pinching your lines from the Book of Genesis? Have you forgotten that when Cain tried out that line, God was not impressed, to put it mildly.

      • 41. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:41 am

        In fact, I believe that HaShem called Cain on his BS, and even told Cain all He knew about the situation. Then Cain had a mark on him forever after. Mayhaps Maggie needs to brush up on her Scriptures in addition to brushing up on anthropology, science, ancient cultures and the history of marriage.

  • […] BY EDEN: This will be the last update in this thread. I just posted a new thread with videos from today, including the Maggie Gallagher update above. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Tim […]

  • 43. Alan E.  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm


  • 44. Alan E.  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Ok this is off topic, but I wanted to share this website with you. You must read the backstory first. This is the posting on a blog I read about homosexuality in sports called “Outsports.”


    It’s about a straight ally!

    • 45. VRAlbany  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      I like Why Do You Fight. People share some great stories and sentiments.

  • 46. Anonygrl  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am absolutely rolling around in hysterical giggles that Maggie is quoting gay bumper sticker slogans! Does she even realize what is coming out of her mouth? Or does she think “this is catchy! I bet it was something we came up with first!”

    • 47. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      It’s part of their campaign of double-speak, the same one that depicts them as following in the footsteps of MLK.

      • 48. Anonygrl  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm

        That is true… and runs in the same vein as casting themselves as victims, claiming the protesters are intolerant.

      • 49. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 8:18 am

        A good way to create deceptions and confusion is to co-opt the phrases of your counterpart. It is a practice frequently used by very deceptive political practices.

    • 50. Sagesse  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Maggie wrote all the gay bumper sticker slogans. She probably recites them in her sleep.

    • 51. rainbowneck1963  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      It was also a T-Shirt. I remember when I was working in a school cafeteria in another part of the state, that the PE teacher wore hers on occasion. I still want one.

    • 52. Bolt  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      This is how republicans operate. They’re interested in absolute power, and control.

  • 53. Bolt  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Black doesn’t have a slimming effect on her.

  • 55. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    There is one good thing about this. We actually got to see Maggie with shoes on! Well, then there is the fact that she does not seem to get frustrated and start yelling as easily as BB does. Of course, if I had been wearing the same clothes for so long they were beginning to smell like something from a PE locker or a chemistry lab, I would probably be getting a bit on edge myself.

    • 56. Bolt  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Are you saying that because she took her shoes off in a federal court room like a pig farmer?

      To her credit, she’s a better speaker than Brian one suit, but she’s so fat that she’ll suffer a heart attack, or a kidney failure within 10 years from her reckless eating habits.

      If she’s losing sleep at night it’s because she’s an asshole whose legacy will be a sexist, homophobic bigot to her grave!

      • 57. rainbowneck1963  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

        Actually, I think a pig farmer would have had enough respect for the federal courtroom to leave his or her shoes on.

      • 58. Dan Hess  |  July 24, 2010 at 3:47 am

        Well, I know people who would take their shoes off in a courtroom out of respect (those raised in Asian cultures, mostly), but I somehow doubt that was Maggie’s intent XD

    • 59. Marlene  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      You’d think what with all the money ol’ BB gets from the NOMbies, he’d be able to afford to get his suit dry cleaned between stops!

      I’d bet in all of the cities he’s visited there’s *got* to be a one-hour dry cleaning service!

  • 60. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    She is the most disgusting thing on the face of the earth…Now you listen to me Maggie Gallagher if you’re even capable of comprehending anything that doesn’t come out of a Bible…

    I will not allow you to force me to live my life according to your selfish religious definitions & beliefs. This is my country too & you have no right to define my life for me. STFU & go back to your meaningless, insignificant, waste of human life, existence.

    I am somebody & I deserve full equality right here right now!!!

    Deal with it & get over it you anti-American, destroying marriage, immoral, unethical, heartless, soulless, not even worthy of being called a woman, mother, wife or human, fascist pig.


    • 61. Sean  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      Amen, Ronnie!!

    • 62. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

      Ronnie, you flatter her. She doesn’t comprehend the Bible either.

  • 63. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Eden, HELP!!! Subscriptions link is not working for any of us. All we are getting is a blank screen.

  • 64. Vaati  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    So how should I go about posting the missing milk carton for BB? :P Is photobucket cool?

    • 65. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Photobucket should work fine, as long as you post the direct link to the photo, or have your account set to public.

      • 66. Vaati  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

        Most excellent, thank you Kathleen. :)

      • 67. Kathleen  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm

        Nicely done!

      • 68. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

        WTG, Vaati! I love that!

      • 69. Dpeck  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

        That is frikken briliiant!! : )

      • 70. BradK  |  July 24, 2010 at 1:28 am

        Nice to see someone chime in with better photoshop skills than I ! [:`) Great job, Vaati.

        Couple of suggestions, though, from the recesses of my twisted mind:

        Instead of the NOM-approved “happy face” pic that we always see of Barney Rubble, why not use one of the many sweaty, exasperated, and desperate shots from one of his FAIL performances over the last 2 weeks?

        Second, I noticed the side of the carton says “Grade A Homogenized Pasteurized”. Shouldn’t it say “Heterogenized” instead?

      • 71. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

        Would it be too inappropriate to rewrite it to say, Grade A Homosexual Milk?

        :P Felyx

      • 72. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

        Perhaps Grade A Homosexual Pastorized? (Or is Gay religion just too out there?!)

        got Homo Milk?!


    • 73. TPAKyle  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      How ironic it is that Brian’s ugly self has been affixed to a carton of “Homo” milk! Be sure to send a copy to Mags!

      Nicely done.

  • 74. Rev. Michael Hunt  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Mags sounded a bit testy at the start of that first clip. I think the heat was getting to her. She didn’t look happy to be there at all.

  • 75. Jim  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    All those crazy activist liberal judges… like Walker… whose confirmation under REAGAN was DENIED because Walker was deemed too ANTI-GAY for the job.

    Yeah, right, Maggie. It’s only judicial activism when you don’t support the judge’s ruling.

  • 79. eDee  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Some of the WordPress plugins aren’t working because of the WordPress upgrade.

    I’ve been having issues with some of my blogs also. upgrading the plug in didn’t help.

  • 80. Bob  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    yup Maggie is much more in control as a speaker than bb, she states that they are convinced Walker will rule against them, and also that his ruling in California will affect voters in Ohio..;.

  • 81. Doug Bearden  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Yep, 62% of Ohioans present at the rally. REALLY!!! Come on NOM haven’t you gotten a clue on your Tour yet?

    • 82. Dave in CA  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

      Yeah, and back in the Middle Ages, 100% of the people thought the earth was flat and at the center of the universe.

      Didn’t make them right even if it was popular belief.

  • 83. Nelson G  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    No Facebook.

  • 84. Nelson G  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm


    No facebook, image for entertainment purposes only.

  • 85. Sagesse  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    This seems to be stuck in moderation on the previous thread. One more time.

    Check this out on the subject of Columbus:

    NOM speaks to another mostly-empty city plaza


    “In Columbus, police set up barricades behind which protesters were required to stand. The protesters chanted and blew whistles. While that is annoying to the speakers, I’m not sure exactly what it accomplished. There’s nothing really wrong with the “hey hey ho ho” chants, but I think it would be more effective to sing We Shall Overcome. Or really annoy NOM and get a few powerful tenors to belt out Ave Maria.”

    The first comment, on this point, is a great idea for Indianapolis:

    “Not to brag, but I know 3 versions: Schubert’s (in Italian and Latin), Bach-Gounod’s and Verdi’s (from Otello) so if any of the organizers from the Indianapolis counter protest wants to put this theory to the test send me an email through my blog (just click on my name) and I’ll be happy to see how we can stop that nonsense fast.

    I’ll be happy to also offer Malotte’s Lord’s Prayer with a pretty decent Bb at the end that is sure to get the speakers (human and electronic) to stop for a second.

    Your call, just email. Not kidding.”

    • 86. Dave in CA  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      I’d love for equality supporters to sing “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love” – loudly, over and over.

      • 87. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

        Oh, yes. Dionne Warwick, and if I am not Mistaken it was written by Burt Bacharach.

      • 88. Straight Grandmother  |  July 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

        I don’t knwo who on this forum suggested it but i still think the best song to sing is, “We”re going to the chapel and we’re going to get married”

      • 89. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

        Don’t forget Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice”

  • 90. Southern Bell  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    So many things untrue or slyly phrased in Maggie’s speech. I know that’s what often happens in order to keep people believing but I wish we had some kind of truth commission to let these people know about the diversity of actual historical societies and verified statistics.I agree she is a much better speaker but that made it all harder to witness because those people weren’t really listening while still supporting it wholeheartedly. Roles of men and women have been changing for many years now, and this completely extends to their dynamics in marriage. It is the untruth that gets me. I will listen and respect you if you have hard evidence but time and again I see they do not. All I can do is shake my head and forgive people who knowingly and unknowingly make all of our lives so much more difficult.

    About the video, from timestamp 2:05-2:25: gay advocates believe 62% support 1man 1woman are like bigots & haters who oppose interracial marriage, do you believe that?YAY …were those NOM folks or could we hear the gay supporters there? and I heard “interracial” did she mean to say “same sex?” What are your opinions, am I hearing the vid inaccurately?

    • 91. Greg in Oz  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      No Southern Bell – I heard that too, and went ‘What??”. Look closely at the vid and you’ll see Maggie taken a bit aback!
      I thought it was hilarious – obviously, the ‘crowd’ weren’t even listening to what she was actually saying. Just bleating like sheep. And I use the quotes on purpose – so few people – could hardly even rate as a crowd.
      But too funny to see that – worth a good laugh too sit through the rest of the rubbish she saying just to see it

      • 92. Southern Bell  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

        I never really heard Brian Brown’s speeches so cannot compare and see if his audiences reacted so blindly. Is Maggie too ‘intelligent’ for her following? I bet from now on she stick to safe statements that cannot embarrass NOM in such a way. Maybe they need to employ people that hold the “applause” signs like at television recordings just in case? Of course any photos of that would be another FAIL.

        I am very glad I am not hearing things. I replayed that section so many times trying to make sure I was seeing/hearing correctly! That’s our sound bite right there! All we need is to make a clip with some catchy heading and send to all media outlets!

    • 93. StraightForEquality  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      I think MG was saying that gay advocates believe that those who support NOM’s view are like the bigots who opposed interracial marriage (and I agree with that statement). She is saying that that is not true.

      • 94. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

        I agree StraightForEquality.

    • 95. Straight Grandmother  |  July 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      The salient line from her speech was, that SSM will hurt religious liberties. I am so glad to see her put this so bluntly. This is EXACTLY what this is about. It is the Mormons and the Catholics, funding NOM so that they can make their religion the law of the land. It is not about religious liberty it is about religious control. i am so glad we have the Prop 8 NON tracker, they are bearing witness to this organization, we got it on film now baby!

    • 96. Owen  |  July 24, 2010 at 2:13 am

      LMAO! I was already laughing at that guy yelling “YAAAAAY!” at everything whilst you could hear the sound of a pin drop right behind him, but that inappropriate reaction is like the funniest thing ever.

      Actually, it’s probably the best reflection of the truth at their rally.

      “yaaaay, we’re bigots!” Yep, you certainly are.

  • 97. TJ Parker  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, Maggie Gallicker is getting fat.

  • 99. Paul in Minneapolis  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I’d like to start my comments with a thank-you for this site. I’ve been following along for weeks and have enjoyed all of the reports, pictures, video and commentary. I will try to make a donation in the near future.

    I believe that OutFront Minnesota is coordinating a counter-rally in St. Paul for NOM’s appearance there next week. I have taken the day off from work and will be there, and I hope I will meet some of you.

    Now some comments for Maggie.

    Maggie, you mentioned your fear that marriage could be turned into a “creature of government.” You need to realize that civil marriage is already a “creature of government.” It is only through that “creature of government” that couples can obtain most of the 1,100+ federal benefits (and an additional few hundred state benefits) of marriage. No attorney can draw up paperwork to grant those benefits.

    You also talk about how it’s not discrimination to treat different things differently. Do you also believe it is not discrimination when I am taxed to pay for benefits you enjoy, but for which I am ineligible because the government doesn’t recognize my same-sex marriage? Your argument may possibly have some validity once I get to stop paying for your benefits; until then, it falls short.

    You’re right that the union of a husband and wife is special. But isn’t the union of two men or two women also special? Isn’t it the love that two partners share, not their sexual plumbing, what makes it special? And what is it with “redefining” the words “husband,” “wife” and “parent?” A husband is a male spouse, a wife is a female spouse, and a parent is someone who has a child. I both am a husband and have a husband, and I don’t need to “redefine” any words to reach that conclusion.

    Your fear that same-sex marriage will cause opposite-sex marriage to be “redefined to mean bigotry” is unfounded. Everyone should have the right to enter into a civil marriage with the person s/he loves, be that person of the opposite or the same gender. It is when people decide whom others should be allowed to marry that we start running into problems. Were I able to prevent you from entering a civil marriage with the man you love simply because I disapproved of your union, would you not see me as a bigot? Perhaps you should be thankful that people have not been allowed — at least not yet — to vote on your marriage. Would you not be outraged if the people voted to render your civil marriage unrecognized by your government?

    Maggie, this country belongs to all of us, gay and straight. The government is mine as much as it is yours, and as such it is wrong to use it as a weapon to oppress your fellow citizens. You need not approve of me, my sexuality, my choice of a life partner, my decision to marry the person I love, or any other decision I make for myself; after all, it is a free country. But when you use our — not your, but our — government to impose your ideals on me, you have gone too far. And I will fight back. Not because I hate you, or because I am intolerant, but because I believe it is wrong for others to make decisions for me that are rightfully mine to make. You wouldn’t stand for it; why should I?

    I hope that NOM enjoys its visit to Minnesota next week. We Minnesotans are very friendly and welcoming, if a bit reserved. But be forewarned: we are also very fair-minded and independent; “Minnesota Nice” is more myth than fact. Don’t be fooled by the likes of Katherine Kersten and her ilk who reside here; they are in the minority and do not speak for most of us.

    Have a safe journey.


    • 100. Paula  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      absolutely precious and perfectly said…

    • 101. Dpeck  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      That is one helluva good post Paul. Very quoteworthy!

    • 102. StraightForEquality  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      That is eloquent! It expresses why I feel so strongly about this issue although I don’t have the personal stake in it that most of you do. If I stand by while others are being diminished it diminishes me. I will fight for a country that lives up to our Constitution.

    • 103. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

      Excellent, Paul — but we are all apt to forget that Maggie’s own marriage is only legal because “activist judges” struck down the laws forbidding inter-racial marriage, despite 70% of Americans supporting them. Had the people been “allowed to vote” as Maggie and her ilk claim is proper, her marriage would still be illegal.

      • 104. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

        Speaking of which–how do we know Maggie IS married? Has anyone ever seen her marriage license? Wedding pictures? Her husband? Her wedding ring? Or is Maggie on a dangerous pate to–(wait for it) —
        MARRIAGEGATE 2010!!!

        The untold story of the deception Maggie Gallagher pulled on the LDS Church by claiming to be married when she is actually a closet lesbian who can’t find a woman because she can’t even love herself enough to allow herself to shed the prison misnamed the closet.

    • 105. rf  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:16 am

      Agree with the others, Excellent post! I think however that maggie gallagher’ doesn’t believe for a second all the lies and filth she spouts. so appeals to reason will never work. she’s a charlatan/snake oil salesman doing this for greed, revenge, popularity or a combination of all.

  • 106. Roger  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Protip: You already know that you’re on the wrong side of history when you start trying to use the exact words of your opponents to try and make your point.

  • 107. Rev. Michael V. Hunt  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Here’s the first clip I’ve managed to get uploaded. This actually took place at the end of the protest, but it didn’t really need any editing so I went ahead and put it up. More to follow some time tomorrow. I give my express permission for this clip to be disseminated however you like.

    I apologize in advance for the shakiness and the inconsistent audio. I did the best I could, I assure you.

    • 108. Straight Grandmother  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

      I am surprised nobody commented on your video. It was really good. I have to say I called it on one of my earlier posts, I said the any families who are there are predominately home schooled. Same old same old, marriage is between a man and a woman becuase it is has always been this way. I was happy to see the fellow from the NAACP show up.

    • 109. Ray in MA  |  July 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

      How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?

      • 110. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

        At the same time, who was the woman who repeatedly overtalked the one the man was trying to have a conversation with. The man, after all, did freely admit that his mind was not going to be changed, but the woman in the background who kept interrupting was far from helpful. I have had conversations with many people who claimed their minds were not going to change, and yet I found out later that their minds had changed, because we were able to actually have a discussion without someone talking over either one of us.

      • 111. Rev. Michael V. Hunt  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

        She was one of our more…let’s say enthusiastic protesters. She’s the one who brought the whistle and was blowing it incessantly early on in the rally. While I admired her passion, I would have preferred if she had followed the example of everyone else at the event. Even so, I can hardly criticize her for being angry. We should be angry.

        I had considered asking her if she would just step away and let the conversation unfold, but she was quite riled up and I was more worried about exacerbating the situation. I should have had more testicular fortitude, I suppose, but the heat had me so worn out I just didn’t have the stomach for arguing.

  • 112. Dave in CA  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I think I may have found a secret video of NOM’s last executive committee meeting after their review of the latest attendance tallies and the locals’ reactions in Providence.

    Reign of terror!
    Women and children blown to bits!
    Send new sheriff immediately!
    (This would explain the re-appearance of Maggie.)

    “We’ve got to protect our phony baloney jobs! “

  • 113. Rob Tisinai  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Okay, here’s my entry.

    • 114. Dave in CA  |  July 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      Rob – I have to say, your video of “Peter Barber Gallagher-Sprigg” was one of the best commentaries on Prop 8 I have ever seen. I am in awe. Thank you for doing that.

      And OT here – but congrats on doing the RIDE. I have done it a few times, had to skip this year due to other commitments. But, oh what a feeling!

      And now… back to matters of equality…

    • 115. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      Rob, where did you find so many pictures from BB’s infancy? Love the collage!
      Also–love the way you summed up their “case” in two minutes.
      And also loved your video about protecting the children.
      Keep up the Great work.

    • 116. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

      And how many innocent iStockphotos had to be maligned for you to make this?…! Shame!


      (BTW – It is too easy to find him. You should have used ugly babies instead….really heinously ugly ones…)

  • 117. StraightForEquality  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm


  • 118. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Let’s see if I do this right…never used photo bucket. Here is my wish version of the missing brian.

    • 119. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      That’s hilarious LLB….<3…Ronnie

    • 120. Sagesse  |  July 24, 2010 at 6:42 am

      Almost spit out my coffee laughing. Made my morining, thank you :).

      • 121. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

        Especially the part about “NO Reward. Don’t Call us and Tell us where he is. Just say Hi and take a new picture.” So glad I was not drinking coffee when I saw that.

    • 122. Felyx  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

      I didn’t see the softcore pornshot photo….

  • 123. Ronnie  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Hey did anybody noticed 2 people walked away during Maggie G’s hate speech?…..I thought that was great…lol…<3…Ronnie

  • 124. Wade@MacMorrighan.Net  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Hey CC guys, if you see Maggie, ask her some questions about the REAL history of Marriage! it’s far different than her talking points based PURELY on wishful thinking!!! And, as a freelance scholar, that offends me…

    Marriage was diffused throughout the Indo-European West (and it’s virtually the same in every culture on Earth), not to bind children to their biological parents and to nurture the next generation as Maggie claims! But, instead, it evolved from a period right around the time of the Neolithic when women were regarded as property–not people! Hell, like valued property, Kurgan* (see note) burials from the Russian steppes were found in which women were either buried alive alongside her “husband’s” treasured property–likely to continue serving him in the Afterlife–or she was executed shortly before his burial…and THEN buried with him! Moreover, the concept of marriage had NOTHING to do with one’s offspring…nothing to do with binding them to their parents nor nurturing them–this is a MYTH fabricated by Gallagher. Hell, if she was correct (which she isn’t, having never researched the subject at all) than we shouldn’t find the belief in ancient Greece where infant children were either kept (after a period) and introduced to the ancestral hearth, or they were rejected and tossed off a cliff (usually over a deformity, or some other defect). Even to my Celtic ancestors (Indo-European kin to the ancient Greeks) a father;s children were not officially accepted by him, despite any marriage arrangement to their mother, until he had proven himself a warrior in battle; it was regarded as a high offense for a child to approach their father before this period until the father had officially accepted his kin as his! But, I digress…

    The official impetus for marriage was NOT to secure the rights of children–“rights” of unborn children who may never exist that Maggie implies supersedes the rights of any couple involved with each other; rather, the impetus of marriage was to secure the property of the chief male and to ensure that it was passed on down to his legitimate heir…and, by “heir”, I mean a son! The second most important facet of marriage was, also, to control women’s bodies as the property of her “husband” (who had the very literal authority of life and death over her) to also ensure that she could not contaminate the tribe or clan with either foreign blood or a foreign ideology borne of a bastard. There was no HINT in any evidence that the impetus of marriage was to “bind children to their parents in love so that they could be nurtured” as Maggie likes to opine. PLEASE, for the love of the gods, corner her with this, implying–STRONGLY–that it’s based on a study not only of the historical and archaeological record, but of ancient culture and of contemporary Anthropology! And, do NOT let her wiggle off the hook by dismissing this with an opinion-based retort along the lines of, “No, I don’t think that’s right” nor allow her to misuse the term “societies” as she has in an effort to make her seem well read and educated in terms of Anthropology when she is NOT!!!

    *These were the invaders of south-eastern Neolithic Europe who gave us the Indo-Europeans.

    All my best,

    • 125. Wade@MacMorrighan.Net  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      Heck, not sure if any CC staffers ever read these boards, but if anyone reading this knows any one specifically whose on the ground, please point them to this post! Would LOVE to see Mags answer authentic history and anthropology for once!

    • 126. Owen  |  July 24, 2010 at 2:18 am

      Excellent post Wade – love the breadth of knowledge about history.

    • 127. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:05 am

      Wade, it was not only in Russia. The practice of suttee, by which the widow of a Hindu was obliged to lie beside her husband on his funeral pyre –and if she was unwilling she was thrown upon it — prevailed for centuries until the British trampled on Hindus’ religious freedom and outlawed it.

  • 128. Wade@MacMorrighan.Net  |  July 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    BTW, wouldn’t it be awesome to post pictures of couples embracing, posing with children, and kissing in front of the NOM hatemobile, etc.?!

  • 129. Scott  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Hey Maggie…nom, nom, nom, nom, nom

  • 130. Straight Grandmother  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Just occured to me, I wonder if Brian Brown from NOM isn’t back at the office working the phones and e-mail trying to drum up more support for people to show up at his dumb rallyes. I hope all the, yet to be arrived at cities, are planning good counter protests. I hope they bring back the preachers who speak in tongues, now that was good entertainment.

  • 131. the lone ranger  |  July 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

    woo hoo! I get to be commenter #100. Another off-topic but funny video, entitled “the homosexual menace”. I can imagine Brian and Maggie saw something akin to this as children, but didn’t catch on it was satire:

  • 133. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 1:56 am

    As a green card holder in a relationship with someone of the opposite sex I have to say that I’m boycotting the option to marry because of people like NOM keeping it from people because of the squishy parts they are born with.

    And as far as I’m concerned everyone at the rallies are unmarried by their own definition because a real man never lies and they are all liars.

    • 134. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Forgot to subscribe

  • 135. Roger  |  July 24, 2010 at 1:57 am

    As a green card holder in a relationship with someone of the opposite sex I have to say that I’m boycotting the option to marry because of people like NOM keeping it from people because of the squishy parts they are born with. And as far as I’m concerned everyone at the rallies are unmarried by their own definition because a real man never lies and they are all liars.

    • 136. Straight Grandmother  |  July 24, 2010 at 3:27 am

      Actually I think that would be a good counter protest chant, Liar, Liar, pants on fire! If I am not mistaken in Columbus Ohio they did chant Liar, Liar.

  • 138. Michael  |  July 24, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Why is Maggie, who claims to be a Christian, promoting gluttony? Gluttony is a sin. Instead of flaunting her gluttony, she should be repenting. When can we vote on NOM’s tax-exempt status? Let America vote!

    • 139. Tony Douglass in Ca  |  July 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

      Excellent point, Michael!! That should be the counter argument to her wanting to vote on the rights of others to marry, we should be allowed to vote on her tax exempt status! Hit her with an argument where it will really hurt!!

    • 140. Rev. Michael V. Hunt  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

      While I understand the psychology behind this approach, I really wish people would stop focusing on Maggie’s appearance when her ideas are easy enough to tear down. We don’t know why she has the physique she has. She could just as easily have a glandular disorder or something that causes her to retain weight. She’s a wicked woman, but her weight has nothing to do with it. We’re supposed to be the classy ones in this battle, remember?

      • 141. Bob  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

        Ditto, re focus on the speach not the physcial appearance, people come in all shapes and sizes,

  • 142. Eddie  |  July 24, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Where can one get info on the August 15 counter-NOM rally in DC? It’s the final “tour” stop and DC’s counter-NOM rally should be the biggest of all. Imagine if we could get thousands to show up! Maybe it’s time for a Million LGBT March…

    • 143. Bob  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:09 am


      You can stay tuned here:

      • 144. James Tuttle  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

        I’m kind of excited for the D.C. Rally. I think it will be the largest and most important, for both side, of all the stops. I’m giddy with anticipation when our croud outnumber them 10-1.

  • 145. rf  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:20 am

    there are so many posts these days its hard to keep up!

    as for where is brian brown–did anyone check Maggie’s husbands’ bedroom? I think he lives somewhere near the unicorns.

  • 146. Anonygrl  |  July 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Oooh… a thought on Maggie’s “I am not my Brian’s keeper” line…

    Cain, after murdering Abel, was asked by God where Abel was. His response? “I am not my brother’s keeper.” This has become. among Christians, a phrase that means “I refuse to take responsibility for my actions, or for the welfare of others.”

    Hit her with THAT one when she says it again, which she will if asked, (unless she reads this blog, of course) because she now thinks it is the “cute” answer to “where is Brian?”

  • 147. James Tuttle  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I’m am a really pissed off gay man right now! Stinkin’ Maggie totally reminds me of Ina Garten (from the food network, Barefoot Contessa, the best show evAR) and now I’ll never be able to see Ina again without thinking about Maggie. I’m gonna go make a tart, damnit!

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  • 150. truthspew  |  July 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Here voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. That smarmy “Maybe we’ll get to know each other…” bit.

    Last time she was here in RI was the Bigot Social at Aldrich Mansion. She actually came out to the protesters and handed out soft drinks. Absolutely surreal.

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