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NOM Swoops in on Viki Knox

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is swooping in on anti-LGBT teacher Viki Knox, sending out an email to their members painting Knox as a victim who is under attack for expressing private, Bible-based views. In their email, NOM also makes the completely false claim that of the more than 75,000 people who signed a petition calling for action to be taken against Knox, there were “almost none from her school district, of course.”

It’s worth noting that several thousand of the signatures came from New Jersey – but what’s most troubling is that NOM completely made up the statement and had no problem passing it off as fact. While HRC delivered the names of the more than 75,000 signatories to the Union Township School Board, in no place or in no delivery did we ever disclose the locations of those who signed.  It’s alarming – yet not surprising – that NOM seems to have so little disregard for the truth.

The ease with which NOM lies is nothing new – earlier this week, it came to light that the anti-gay organization actually stole a picture from an Obama rally in Ohio to make it seem like there was support for repealing New Hampshire’s marriage equality law.

Earlier today, the New Jersey Star-Ledger published letters from several people of faith who take issue with how Christianity and the Bible are being deliberately distorted and used as a shield for hatred and bigotry. Even Governor Chris Christie – no friend of marriage equality – has spoken out against Knox’s very public rant.

For more on how you can get involved in calling attention to incidents of homophobia like Viki Knox’s, visit HRC’s Call it Out campaign. And our NOM Exposed project has more details on all of the false rhetoric, lies and anti-gay characters behind the National Organization for Marriage.

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