Maryland

LISTEN: AFTAH Interview with Brian Camenker of MassResistance: about Maryland Grassroots Defeat of Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

‘Moderation’ and avoiding homosexual issue were NOT the key to upset victory, says pro-family veteran

This pre-taped interview [click HERE to listen] with Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance aired on Chicago Christian radio station WYLL on March 19, 2011. Camenker discusses the successful grassroots effort in Maryland to stop a pro-homosexual “marriage” bill — which he helped by advising pro-family Md. activists and sharing with them what legalized “same-sex marriage” did to Massachusetts. AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera and Camenker discuss how the Maryland victory was NOT the result of careful, non-offensive packaging — i.e., avoiding the issue of homosexuality — that has characterized several statewide battles against homosexual “marriage.” They talk about Camenker’s advice below from the M.R. article, Maryland pro-family victory analysis: Top 10 reasons why it was WON when it looked like it would lose”: 

They ignored the moderate conservative “expert”s.” Early on, a pro-family group made an effort to pull all the Maryland groups into a “coalition” under a unified leadership. They would dictate strategy. They also insisted that the pro-marriage message be tightly controlled, that it be “moderate” and not anti-gay or otherwise “fringe” sounding, be calm and not too emotional, and that they decide who testifies at the marriage hearings, and what the testimony would be. That’s what happened in Massachusetts in 2005-2007 and it led to a huge failure.

On our MassResistance conference calls we advised Maryland activists to ignore that — and act independently with their own messages, and be as emotional and outspoken as they feel appropriate. Luckily eventually everyone did that and the coalition effectively fell apart. It was the best thing that could have happened.

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3-19-11, Brian Camenker

FRC Takes on Colorado Transgender ‘Bathroom Bills’

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

autumn_sandeen.jpgShould this very confused man, “transgender” activist Autumn Sandeen, be allowed to use the female restroom?

From Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ May 30 “Washington Update”:

Congress may be adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, but a series of misguided state bills aren’t providing any relief for pro-family groups. Just ask the residents of Colorado, where locals are bracing themselves for an “anti-bias” law that is actually changing where people use the restroom. Yesterday, over the protests of thousands of families, Gov. Bill Ritter (D) signed SB 200 into law. The legislation blurs the sexual lines by making all public accommodations, including locker rooms and restrooms, “gender-free.” In other words, anyone–regardless of their biological identity–will be welcome in the men’s or ladies’ room, including cross-dressers, men who self-identify as women, women who self-identify as men, and people who haven’t made up their minds. To make matters worse, Colorado defines “public accommodations” as everything from malls, restaurants, and schools to small and even home businesses. The other side says this is about discrimination. But the chance of offending a few people hardly justifies putting everyone else at risk, which is exactly what SB 200 does.

For every transvestite who takes advantage of this law, there are a dozen sexual predators who will see this as a chance to put women and children into a vulnerable situation. Focus on the Family launched a statewide awareness campaign, but in the end, even Colorado’s largest Christian ministry couldn’t compete with Ritter’s desire to pay off liberal financier Tim Gill, who sank serious dollars into the governor’s election campaign in 2006. From here all eyes will turn to Montgomery County, [Maryland], where a November ballot initiative will determine the fate of its bathroom bill. [See www.notmyshower.com for information about the Maryland battle.–Ed.]

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Check Out NotMyShower.com: Maryland Trans Law ‘Breaks Biological Barriers’

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

shower.jpgGender-confused “rights”? Women should feel safe and not have to worry about (“transgender”) men in dresses using female restrooms and shower facilities, say Maryland activists with the Citizens for Responsible Government.

From NotMyShower.com and the Citizens for Responsible Government, a Montgomery, County Maryland grassroots organization formed by citizens outraged at Montgomery County, Maryland’s passage of a “gender identity” “nondiscrmination” bill:

“By the stroke of a very powerful pen, County Executive Leggett has broken the biological barriers that separate male and female facilities. No longer will women and girls be able to feel completely safe in the most private and personal bathroom and locker facilities of schools, public pools, malls, stores, health clubs, restaurants and other such public places throughout the county. County Executive Ike Leggett signed Bill 23-07, the outrageous legislation that may result in forcing even religious schools to hire transgender teachers; and then also allow cross-dressing but biological males in your daughter’s school locker room. Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government has filed a referendum to prevent the implementation of Bill 23-07. We are calling on every concerned Montgomery County citizen to join us in this huge undertaking.”

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