“Gay marriage” is so 2011. Remember last week when we reported that some conservatives believe America’s third party will focus only on defeating same-sex marriage across the nation? Well, it appears they have their own Super PAC now, and it’s called the No Special Rights PAC. The No Special Rights PAC asks that you use “the term ‘Sodomy Based Marriage’ and avoid the deceptive terms ‘same sex or gay marriage’.” No Special Rights is based in Maine and is trying to defeat a voter ballot initiative that would deliver same-sex marriage — I mean “sodomy based” marriage — back to same-sex — I mean “sodomy based” — couples.
No Special Rights Truth PAC, founded by partners Paul Madore and Mike Heath — the pair have been anti-gay activists for 20 years — even has its own version of NOM’s and Bob Vander Plaats’ Marriage Vow, but this one the voters, not the candidates, sign. The fact that now almost six out of 10 Maine voters support marriage equality doesn’t seem to phase this latest attempt to use hatred of gay people as an ATM.
In fact, Mike Heath’s website shows he is a direct mail fundraising consultant. So, the anti-gay PAC is yet another convenient way to pay for the kids’ college education and stuff some away for retirement, one could easily assume.
Zack Ford at Think Progress notes that the “pledge also refers to marriage equality as ‘an attack on the religious freedom of all Christian men and women’ that oppresses, silences, and persecutes ‘those who hold religious or moral objections to homosexuality’ and seeks to introduce ‘homosexual indoctrination into the curricula of our schools.’ Madore also told reporters that homosexuality represents a ‘culture of death.’”
Madore and Heath’s rhetoric is unabashedly anti-gay, but it’s important to note that all of the rhetoric fits the models offered by groups that use tamer language, like the National Organization for Marriage and Catholic Church. By framing the effort around so-called “religious freedom” and protecting children, No Special Rights PAC is fighting with fear and trying to erase same-sex families and the many faith communities that support them.
Curiously, Heath lists himself as the Iowa State Director, 2011 – 2012, for Ron Paul for President. And he’s also an active anti-abortion activist and lobster fishing fan.
Unsurprisingly, Heath is a former board Chairman of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) now an SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group.