Dissecting the far right’s lies about gay marriage

Frank Schubert is the evil genius behind the religious right’s ongoing campaigns to repeal and/or ban marriage equality in state after state.  Schubert, like the religious right in general, is very good at lying for the Lord.  Like most Republicans, Schubert seems to find that facts have a liberal bias, so he invents his own.

Bill Nemitz, of the Portland Press Herald, once again nails it with a column on Frank Schubert’s lies about marriage in Maine (and Maryland, Washington, Minnesota, California, and a number of other states in previous election cycles.

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Frank Schubert likes to tell stories.

Really, really short stories.

Stories so short they can scare the bejesus out of you before you even know what they’re actually about.

Schubert, you’ll recall, is the California schemer who choreographed the repeal of Maine’s same-sex marriage statute in 2009. Now he’s back, leading the National Organization for Marriage’s offensive against same-sex marriage in referendum campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

Schubert’s strategy of choice? Take a complicated story and, in 30 seconds or less, reduce it to televised graffiti…

Nemitz goes on to describe after ad that’s, well, a lie.  The first ad he talks about claims that a couple in Vermont got sued for turning away a gay wedding reception.  Uh yeah. But not because of gay marriage.  They got sued because Vermont has had a public accommodations law covering sexual orientation for going on twenty years now.  But Schubert lied, and tried to trick Mainers into thinking that the passage of marriage equality caused the suit, when in fact it wasn’t.  You get the picture.

It’s worth reading the full column to see the fact check on all of the scare tactics we see Schubert and the National Organization for Marriage running in each campaign they run or fund.


Born and raised in Maine, Nick Seaver moved to DC to study political communication in 2003. He began writing extensively on LGBT rights during the first ballot initiative in Maine that overturned marriage equality. He writes about a variety of issues, ranging from marriage to issues facing LGBT youth. Follow him on Twitter at @NDSeaver.

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