Leading Homophobe Maggie Gallagher to testify at House marriage hearing tomorrow

The leading homophobe in the nation, Maggie Gallagher, will be testifying at the House hearing on marriage tomorrow. She’s been barnstorming the country these past few months, to testify in opposition to marriage equality legislation. In Maryland, her hateful anti-gay testimony secured us a new supporter in the State Senate.

Now, Maggie craves the spotlight. And, she loves to testify about same-sex marriage. But, when it really mattered — at the Prop. 8 trial — she didn’t take the stand. See, in federal court, witnesses have to swear to tell the truth and can be cross-examined. Lying in court is a crime. David Boies explained this eloquently on Face the Nation in the wake of the Prop. 8 ruling:

“In a court of law you’ve got to come in and you’ve got to support those opinions, you’ve got to stand up under oath and cross-examination,” Boies said. “And what we saw at trial is that it’s very easy for the people who want to deprive gay and lesbian citizens of the right to vote [sic] to make all sorts of statements and campaign literature, or in debates where they can’t be cross-examined.

“But when they come into court and they have to support those opinions and they have to defend those opinions under oath and cross-examination, those opinions just melt away. And that’s what happened here. There simply wasn’t any evidence, there weren’t any of those studies. There weren’t any empirical studies. That’s just made up. That’s junk science. It’s easy to say that on television. But a witness stand is a lonely place to lie. And when you come into court you can’t do that.

“That’s what we proved: We put fear and prejudice on trial, and fear and prejudice lost,” Boies said.

Now, this hearing has been organized by some of the leading homopbobes in the U.S. House. They want to instill fear and incite prejudice against LGBT Americans.

So, we should monitor Maggie’s testimony very closely. She probably won’t be under oath, but should be. Either way, lying to Congress is still a crime.

Let’s hope the members of the Committee on our side, Reps. Nadler, Quigley, Conyers and Scott, really grill her.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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