For Immediate Release
NOM Board Member Advocates Criminalization of Homosexuality, Overthrow of Government
People For the American Way calls on group to reject remarks
WASHINGTON - In response to the launch of the Carrie Prejean ad campaign against
marriage equality, People For the American Way president Michael Keegan
issued the following statement:
"If the National Organization for Marriage wants to make the
comments of a gossip columnist and a beauty queen the subject of a
national debate, then it should answer for the bizarre and troubling
remarks of its most prominent board member - best-selling science
fiction writer Orson Scott Card.
"The NOM has argued that it is not a homophobic organization, but Card's remarks suggest otherwise. Card, who represents the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the board and received an effusive welcome last week from NOM president Maggie Gallagher, supports criminalizing sex between same-sex adults:
Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the
books...to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who
flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be
permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens.
"Card has also advocated overthrowing the government if same-sex marriage is permitted:
How long before married people answer the dictators
thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any
government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to
destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a
government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my
children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.
imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against
marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a
way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that
insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.
"It is one thing for a science fiction writer to have such views,
but it's something much different for a national organization like the
NOM to endorse those views by giving Card such a prominent position on
its board. We call on the NOM to categorically reject Card's radical
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.