Bigots Protest at HRC Headquarters


Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber, Linda Harvey and a handful of other wingnut bigots held a press conference in front of the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign. As you can see from the video below, the “crowd” that gathered was maybe a dozen people. The highlight was when Patrick Mangan of Citizens for Community Values of Indiana makes the laughable claim that there are more “ex-gay” people than there are gay people. Seriously. That’s at the 3:57 mark.

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  1. says

    I love these names they have. “AmericansForTruth.org”. It’d be too easy to satire, like “TurboMaximumFamilyTruthResearchCouncilScience.org”

    While I mentally glossed over all the religious glurb, they didn’t’ appear to explain how freedom to be homosexual curtails freedom.

    The “Special rights” argument is incoherent. When gay marriage is legalized, heterosexual people can get gay marriage too. These laws never restrict gay marriage to gay people. In effect, the rights have been extended to both sides equally. The straight people don’t want gay marriage, you say? Well gay people don’t want straight marriage. Again, equal.

    I’d have to say, though, that the “militant homosexuals” must have the most fabulous guns.

  2. John Pieret says

    “Special rights” boils down to ‘rights we can no longer deny to people we don’t like.’ See Jim Crow for a futher explanation.

  3. Rieux says

    Take a look at the HRC “WELCOME PETER” banner posted behind the speakers. Is that HRC tweaking LaBarbera? That would be pretty funny.

  4. Michael Heath says

    Jasper of Maine writes:

    The “Special rights” argument is incoherent. When gay marriage is legalized, heterosexual people can get gay marriage too. These laws never restrict gay marriage to gay people. In effect, the rights have been extended to both sides equally. The straight people don’t want gay marriage, you say? Well gay people don’t want straight marriage. Again, equal.

    The ‘special rights’ argument can be a coherent argument. It works only if the advocate concedes our rights are created and extended to us by the government, rather than the constitutional premise that our rights are an inalienable attribute we own that government must consider and then act accordingly.

    What is incoherent is that activist anti-gay rights bigots, who are predominately Christian in this country, argue that our rights are inalienable and come from the Christian god. So the false argument they make that gays already have equal rights because they can currently marry the opposite sex is incoherent; precisely because they simultaneously and falsely assert they are the loyal protectors of our liberties as understood through the DofI and U.S. Constitution.

  5. says

    Ha! Thanks for pointing that out, Rieux – I wouldn’t have noticed that. A quick google search reveals you are correct.

    I couldn’t finish watching the clip – it’s so dull – these people have nothing new or interesting. Even the speakers seem a little bored. (And LaBarbera himself is such an awful speaker.) I have to wonder if these people are quietly looking around for new jobs even as they continue their dog-and-pony show… a survey I heard about the other day shows that a majority of Americans who oppose marriage equality in this country think it’s an inevitability. On the other hand, there’s probably enough homophobia in American culture to keep these guys in well-paid jobs until retirement – it may be another generation or two before explicitly anti-gay groups are marginalized the way the KKK has been.

    I’m a little surprised they haven’t tried to more consistently and vigorously push the notion that gay rights organizations are bigoted against “ex-gays.” The “nuh uh, we don’t discriminate against you, you discriminate against us” line seems to have been pretty fruitful for other groups of bigots – particularly Christian supremacists trying to maintain their privilege in the public sphere.

  6. regexp says

    I find it ironic that they Barber chose the HRC to protest against. Since the HRC has proven itself time and time again to be ineffective in the pushing of the equal rights in this country and has failed miserably in almost every legislative effort they tried to pursue. It was the LCR that got DADT overturned while HRC sipped martinis in their new headquarters. It was grassroot campaigns like Project 515 and OutFront that won the marriage battles while HRC held mixers to raise money to pay for the mortgage of that place.

  7. hunter says

    regexp:

    That demonstrates how much in touch LaBarbera, et al., really are — all they can think to do is demonstrate in front of the headquarters of an organization that is just as ineffective as they are.

    They’ve probably never heard of the organizations that are actually doing the work.

  8. dingojack says

    I saw that movie Milk on TV yesterday. It was weird to see how much stuff has changed and how much it really hasn’t.
    Hopefully sad, or perhaps, sadly hopeful?
    Dingo

  9. dan4 says

    Citizens for Community Values…yeah, because all communities have the same values.

  10. cptdoom says

    @hunter – out touch may be understatement. These groups were protesting Pride celebrations & that train has most assuredly left the station. I just got back from the DC Pride street festival where the CIA & FBI were recruiting, not to mention all the banks, hotel chains, political groups and churches that were also there.

    As for the protest itself, I swung by on my way back from the dentist to see how big it was (the dentist visit was far more pleasant). There couldn’t has been two dozen people there in total, and it’s anyone’s guess how many of them were HRC staffers. The best part was that the protestors set themselves up so that they were blocked by two construction fences and couldn’t be seen on two sides. In the video the speakers are literally talking to the fence

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