NOM Now Warning Against Young People Having Gay Friends

Written by Zack Ford

The National Organization for Marriage has sunk to a new low of intolerance. In a “Thanksgiving Message” from Jennifer Roback Morse of NOM’s Ruth Institute, she warns that young people are being “pressured” to support LGBT equality because they have gay friends and peers. Morse relates a story of a Catholic resident assistant (RA) at a college who didn’t want to participate in the “drag party” being organized by her gay supervisor. The supervisor was supposedly “really leaning on her” and trying to “make her feel bad, make her look bad,” an example of a pro-LGBT strategy that Morse feels is a much more significant threat than the media:

MORSE: I think a lot of our students are encountering this type of situation in their dorms and on their college campuses… What I want to say to you, is that the other side has RAs in the dorm where your young people are going to school. There’s no TV message that is going to do the job of countering that type of influence. Somebody’s got to be there talking to young people one at a time in the places where they’re hanging out and doing the things that they’re doing. There’s no mass media strategy by itself that will solve this problem. [...]

And this holiday season, when your young people come home from college, ask them about this. Ask them if they have a gay RA in their dorms… So please, talk to your young people about this and see what kind of pressure they may be under that maybe even they don’t realize how much it’s having an impact upon them.

Watch it:

Apparently, simply knowing a gay person now constitutes “pressure” that conservative Christians are unfairly subjected to. Morse’s inherent solution seems to be that young people should ostracize (or disobey, in the case of someone in a supervisory position like an RA) anybody who might be openly gay and to only talk to other equally anti-gay people, like those provided by NOM.

NOM is surely right to be concerned about the growing generation gap on marriage equality and overall LGBT acceptance. Encouraging a culture of exclusion, however, will not likely endear many young people to the group’s cause.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Nicola Thomasson
Nicola Thomasson5 years ago

After reading this, I have immediately informed my sister to make sure her children, my niece (6) and nephew (7), never hang out with gay people. In fact, I have encouraged her to not let them play with any boys who act effeminate or girls who're a bit tomboyish. As we all know, gayness is a disease, and can be passed on if you are around gay people long enough. We will be burning a few rainbow flags, in protest, come morning, and give dirty looks to anybody who can be perceived as gay due to their look/the way they act.

In all seriousness, I can't decide whether to laugh or cry when reading this article. Seriously? Not hanging out with gay people because they "will" pressure you to join in gay protests, parades and whatever else? Peer pressure can come from all sides, whether the person(s) doing the pressuring are gay, bi, trans, pan, straight, etc. I have many gay friends, and I can confirm they have NEVER tried to force me to attend the many gay parades that have been over the years. I happily participated because I believe in their causes for equal rights, and celebrating who they are.

NOM, I can't do anything but shake my head, and hope that we're moving into a future where you will become a major minority, if even that. Until then, I will continue being "pressured" into fighting for gay rights, even though I'm straight.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

I totally agree with Lauren B. What has that picture to do with a story about students at colleges being warned against fraternising with gays? Stop using pictures that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. It just twists people's image of gays and prtrays us as exhibitionistic seducers of innocent youngster. Which isn't true. But it creates attacks on gays as explained above.
As for NOM: I would like to send them all a one-way ticket to Antarctica but I feel sorry for the penguins!

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Outlaws all sex not between one man, one woman, one marriage for life

Lauren B.

OK, a comment on the photo. Would we put a picture of a heterosexual orgy, a wet t-shirt contest, or a group of straight sm lovers in full garb on an article about kids having straight friends? What is the point of the photo? Consenting straight and gay folks can gather in any outfits and for any sexual activities they wish, but those pics are not relevant to whether kids should have gay friends. They represent legal adult sexual styles that have nothing to do with your average gay/straight kids' friendship.

jenny H.
jenny H5 years ago it sex in general that your religion disallows or just gay sex?

Mitch D.
Mitch D5 years ago

James W- What in the name of the GODS are you blathering on so? Robert H is right...pedophiles MAY or MAY not be homosexual; they are more often heterosexual.

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

When you look at the skin of a pig in the Old Testament, look at Acts 15:29 with regard to circumcision, a Jewish requirement but not a Christian one. The Apostle Paul threw out a lot of Jewish customs EXCEPT those pertaining to sex, eating of food offered to idols, drinking of blood.

Presumably he had Jesus' OK on that one.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

The National Organization for Marriage are full of hate mongers.

Kevin W.
Kevin W5 years ago

To Christopher M. Your beliefs are certainly your business, however, as a Christian I must point out that most of the biblical references to homosexuality being sinful or an abomination are in the old testament along with about 800 other definitions of things that are abominations, such as touching the skin of a pig. When I eat pork cracklins or toss a football around I don't feel sinful or ask for forgiveness.My point here is that I don't understand why so many Christians do things everyday that are clearly defined as abominations in the bible, and they dismiss those definitions as out of date or only relevant to biblical times, yet they rant and rave about the sinfulness of homosexuality. Personally I live by the saying: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

marc horton
marc horton5 years ago

way to tell the idiots,well thanks for trying,they tend to not really understand much thanks bmutiny t!!