Maggie Gallagher, chair of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, has been a busy lady this week. Yesterday, Gallagher testified before the Maryland Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings and will also be in Rhode Island today testifying against same-sex unions.
"Marriage is the union of husband and wife for a reason: these are the only unions that can make new life and connect children in love to their mom and dad,” Gallagher said during her testimony yesterday. “As so many pro-gay marriage voices testified at this very hearing, gay marriage is grounded in the belief that this view of marriage is like objections to interracial marriage — something that should be discarded in law, culture and society."
It’s nice to see Gallagher still using the failed argument that gay marriage will somehow prevent straight couples from having children.
NOM’s Maggie Gallagher hits the road against same-sex marriage
NOM’s president, Brian Brown, acknowledged that his organization was fighting a losing battle in Maryland.
“Despite Maggie’s powerful testimony, we know this committee today was stacked against us, and we expect the legislation to be on the Senate floor as early as next week,” said Brown. “That is where the real action will be, and I would urge all of Maryland’s state senators to review Maggie’s testimony before they vote on the floor next week. This is no casual act they are considering.”
Gallagher will be in Rhode Island today to testify before the state’s House Judiciary Committee against marriage equality efforts there.
Newly elected Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) expressed his support for marriage equality during his inauguration speech Jan. 4 and legislators introduced marriage equality bills in both the state House and Senate on Jan. 6. Democrats, largely in favor of same-sex marriage, hold large majorities in both chambers, and House Speaker Gordon Fox (D), who is openly gay, is a cosponsor of the bill. The bill may face a bigger struggle in the Senate, however.