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Boehner appoints NOM co-founder to commission on religious freedom

Thursday, March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday appointed Robert George, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage, to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, which, according to the Commission’s chairman, addresses “the challenges of religious extremism, intolerance, and repression throughout the world.”

Robert George

The appointment was announced on the same day the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released previously sealed documents detailing how NOM has pursued “a divisive, intolerant, and racially-charged strategy to stop marriage equality in the United States.”

“For the Speaker to appoint someone who embodies NOM’s deep seated anti-gay animus is the wrong thing to do,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“This appointment is counter to the Commission’s stated mission because George represents a narrow and exclusionary ideology. Unfortunately, Rep. Boehner has further aligned himself with the extremist wing of his party.”

George co-authored the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2001, which would have written discrimination into the U.S. Constitution.

In 2004, George helped draft another anti-marriage equality amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and is the author of the “Manhattan Declaration,” a 4,700-word document denouncing not just same-sex marriage, but civil unions or any other legal recognition for gay and lesbian unions.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. That seems like an oxymoronic appointment.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 8:52am
  2. I wonder if there is money passing hands there too?

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 8:53am
  3. Money? Probably. Votes? Yes

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 8:55am
  4. that’s like letting the wolf watch the hen house.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:31am
  5. Think about it… Religious freedom to these people means only one thing…the freedom to do WHAT THEY WANT in the name of their RELIGION…Like Hate queers, bash questioning teens, out them to their families “FOR THE SAFETY Of The Children”.,..Etc

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:32am
  6. conflict of interest much???

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:02am
  7. shouldn’t there be laws against appointing hate group members to government positions?

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:04am
  8. Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:05am
  9. anyone else think his name looks like boner

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2:40pm