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    Religious Right Mad at Gays For Using Rainbow Symbol The leader of a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) affiliate has demanded that opponents of marriage
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      Religious Right Mad at Gays For Using Rainbow Symbol

      The leader of a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) affiliate has demanded that opponents of marriage equality reclaim the rainbow from “the gay lobby.” Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder and head of the Ruth Institute, which describes itself as “a project of the National Organization for Marriage,” told the right-wing American Family News Network’s OneNewsNow that the rainbow should be the symbol of Prop 8 supporters and Religious Right activists because "the rainbow is a sign of God's covenant with man." According to Morse, who was also a speaker on NOM’s “Summer for Marriage” bus tour, the rainbow has been wrongly appropriated by the LGBT community. Morse appears to channel the famous 2009 NOM “The Gathering Storm” TV-ad which said “a rainbow coalition of people of every creed and color” are uniting to stop the “gathering storm” of gay-rights advocates.

      "Proposition 8 was passed by a great grassroots coalition that included people from all across the religious traditions, and also people of every race and color," Morse recognizes. "We are the real rainbow coalition. The gay lobby does not own the rainbow."

      She tells OneNewsNow that she wore a rainbow-colored scarf to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Proposition 8 as a statement to signify that supporters of traditional marriage still own the symbol.

      "We can't simply let that go by. Families put rainbows in their children's nurseries. Little Christian preschools will have rainbows...Noah's Ark and all the animals.... Those are great Christian symbols, great Jewish symbols," the Ruth Institute president points out.

      The rest of the article is here:

      http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/397629/religious_right_mad_at_gays_for_using_rainbow_symbol/#paragraph2

       

       

       

      December 17, 2010 9:30AM

      Yo, Gays, Stop Bogarting that Rainbow!

      Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge

      Since 1978, the gay and lesbian community has used a rainbow flag to symbolize the diversity of the community. Since then the flag has become ubiquitous at gay and lesbian events and pride marches. The symbol has become so associated with gay and lesbian rights that back in 2000, the University of Hawaii at Manoa changed its sports teams’ name from “Rainbow Warriors” to “Warriors” and redesigned its logo to eliminate a rainbow from it.

      Now, according to One News Now, one group on the religious right is demanding that gays and lesbians give up their grip on the rainbow.

      Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the San Diego-based Ruth Institute [a project of the National Organization for Marriage] rightly argues that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with man, and she says proponents of Proposition 8—California’s measure that passed in 2008 to define marriage as between a man and a woman—are the original “rainbow coalition.”

      “Proposition 8 was passed by a great grassroots coalition that included people from all across the religious traditions, and also people of every race and color,” Morse recognizes. “We are the real rainbow coalition. The gay lobby does not own the rainbow.”

      The rest of the article is here:

      http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/candacechellew-hodge/3930/yo%2C_gays%2C_stop_bogarting_that_rainbow!

       

       

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