.- The National Organization for Marriage announced Sept. 23 that it is launching the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance, a new project to defend the freedom to express oneâs belief that marriage should be the union of a man and woman without fear of harassment or punishment.
âMy sense is that there are too many of us who believe that marriage is the union of husband and wife to stigmatize or marginalize if we come together,â said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of National Organization for Marriage.
Gallagher told CNA Sept. 26 that the alliance was created in response to âincreased reports, both public and private, of people whose livelihoods are being threatened because they disagree with gay marriage.â
âGay marriage advocates are seeking to create an America in which decent, loving, law-abiding Americans are afraid to stand up for the idea that marriage is the union of husband and wife, for fear of reprisals ranging from insults and invectives like 'hater' and 'bigot,' to practical consequences like the loss of a job,â she said.
The alliance is not a legal project, Gallagher explained, but rather an attempt to increase awareness and support for those who have faced unjust harassment because of their views on marriage.
Gallagher said that the alliance aims âto get the word out about what is actually happening, because this is not being well-covered.â
The alliance is also designed âto create a community where other people to whom this is happening will feel safe in coming forward and will feel that somebody cares about whatâs happening to them.â
As these two goals are achieved, participants will also be able to âdevelop strategies for insisting on social respect for both sides in the gay marriage debate,â she said.
The Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance website states that it is dedicated to the idea that âno American should be afraid to exercise core civil rights: to speak, to donate, to organize, to sign petitions, or to vote for marriage as the union of husband and wife.â
The alliance recently released a video on Frank Turek, a leadership seminar speaker who lost his contract with Cisco and Bank of America after human relations employees discovered that he had written a book that argued marriage should not be redefined.
In response the alliance started a consumer complaint campaign directed towards Bank of America in the state of North Carolina, where the companyâs headquarters is located.
âWe reached out to a small number of customers of Bank of America in the Charlotte area, told them what happened to Frank Turek and asked them to call the company to let bankers know their customers do not appreciate this kind of disrespect,â said Gallagher. âIn the last few days more than 1,400 people have called to complain.â
âFrank Turek's experience shows that an anti-defamation initiative is urgently needed, not for some point down the road, but right now in America,â Gallagher said.