For Immediate Release
Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
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
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