Maggie Gallagher of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM) has said the war against gay marriage
can never be over.
Speaking at the 2011 Values Voter
Summit in Washington D.C. over the weekend, the founder of the
organization that has become the nation's most vociferous opponent of
marriage equality, told attendees that gay marriage backers had yet
to win a single victory.
Quoting NOM President Brian Brown,
Gallagher said: “Before they declare their ultimate victory, their
inevitable victory, shouldn't they win their first victory at the
Gallagher was referring to upcoming
referendums on whether to constitutionally ban gay marriage in North
Carolina and Minnesota. She predicted voters in both states would
approve the amendments and that lawmakers in New Hampshire would move
against the state's gay marriage law.
Gallagher, who in four years has become
the most recognizable face in the movement against marriage equality,
was warmly welcomed by the socially conservative crowd, who cheered
when she told them the war against gay marriage can never be over.
“A culture war is like any other war
in this one way. What's the definition of victory? Not when one
side is annihilated, but when it gives up its wish to fight. That's
when a war is over. And that's why this war can never be over.”
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