Karen Ocamb

'Defending Marriage' Congressional Hearing Videos

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 17, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: DOMA, Jerry Nalder, Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage, NOM

Bless Zack Ford over at the ThinkProgress Wonkroom for putting together a NOM-Maggie-hearing-3--300x211.jpgcompilation of clips (inside) from Friday morning's absurd "defending marriage" hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution. Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) and subcommittee Chair Trent Franks (R-AZ) created a lovely romper room for National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher and Edward Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center to play dodge ball with Democratic members of the subcommittee who alternately seemed angry or flummoxed by the old antigay rhetoric.

Ironically, Gallagher kept noting that she was under oath and then would utter statements that, as Zack points out, are incorrect:

"Gallagher repeatedly stated that children do better with a mother and a father, despite ample evidence that children of same-sex parents fair just as well, if not better:

GALLAGHER: If, in fact, marriage, as a public and legal institution...is oriented towards protecting children by increasing the likelihood they have a mother and father, then same-sex couples do not fit, and conversely, if same-sex couples fit the definition of marriage, then marriage really is no longer about responsible procreation in the sense."

Oh, what mincemeat American Foundation for Equal Rights Perry v. Brown attorney David Boies would have made of her, though Congressmembers Nadler (D-NY), Conyers (D-MI), Scott (D-VA), and Quigley (D-IL) sure gave it a shot.

Complete video of the hearing is available on the Judiciary Committee's website.

Here's Rep. Jerry Nadler's opening statement. Nadler has introduced the "Respect for Marriage Act," a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

crossposted at LGBT POV, img screenshot of hearing

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Regan DuCasse | April 17, 2011 1:35 PM

Since she was under oath, she in fact PERJURED herself.
There is no information or evidence out there that says children ONLY fare BEST with a mother and father.
And there are no laws that require children to qualify to marry.
She also would further perjure herself to insist that marriage equality is BAD for anything.
There is no evidence of THAT.

Yeah, she treats such situations like a court of public opinion, where she can LIE all she wants.
I think in each forum where she's swearing testimony under oath, hell YEAH she should be told of her perjury!
Also she couldn't accuse the Senate of all being big bad gays or under the influence of the big bad gays for calling out her lies.
Would LOVE to see her try it.

Regan DuCasse | April 17, 2011 1:45 PM

It's not about adult's right to being happy? The Bill of Rights guarantees a right to the PURSUIT of happiness, in fact.

Any Senators that don't know that fundamental aspect of the documents they swore to uphold, don't deserve to hold their offices.

And what Maggie G 'believes' (or even a majority of Americans) doesn't mean a pile of dog feces when it comes to the reality of marriage, it's expansion to gay couples and CHILDREN IN GENERAL.
A gay couple's children are as important as the children of an op sex couple.
That MG tries to limit THEIR parent's ability in their security because she believes firmly in the inferiority of gay people is the point.

It's about the laws treating ALL Americans equally, regardless if each American thinks another is equal TO them.
I really, REALLY hate that woman. She is so full of it!

This article generated a "stand with Michele Bachmann to defend traditional marriage" Google ad, which I of course clicked on so the site would get some money from her. The ad is paid for by her Congressional campaign, BTW.

"The statements made were not meant to be factual"

The new catch phrase of the asshats.

Rick Sutton | April 18, 2011 7:43 AM

Jerry Nadler is my new hero. May his number multiply.