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.