Lessons in PR Mismanagement, Vikings Edition

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 9:00 am

Chris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter who publicly spoke out in favor of marriage equality while it was being hotly debated in Minnesota, dropped a PR bomb on his former coaches this past Thursday, summed up nicely in the headline he put on his piece at Deadspin: “I Was an NFL Player Until I Was Fired by Two Cowards and a Bigot.” The cowards in question are General Manager Rick Spielman and (now former) head coach Leslie Frazier, and the bigot would be special-teams coach Mike Priefer, and the reason Kluwe puts forward is their homophobic reactions to his public comments on marriage equality.

But lost in the story is another character who plays at least as big — and at least as troubling — a role: Vikings PR chief Bob Hagen.


Peter LaBarbera Fails to Ruin the Party for Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Signing

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 2:33 pm

There are times when you must admit that you have lost and fade away with a smidgen of dignity.

Helping NOM Keep Up With The Times

By: Sunday November 10, 2013 10:05 am

Since National Organization for Marriage has been writing about integrity recently, I thought I’d help them maintain theirs (!) by once again updating their marriage equality map.

Hawaii Becomes 16th Marriage Equality State

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 11:55 am

The Hawaii state House passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) Friday evening on a vote of 30 to 19 with two excused.

The vote came after 22 years of statewide discussion.

Illinois State House Passes Marriage Equality Bill After Months of Delay

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 5:00 pm

Today the Illinois state House passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 61-54. The Illinois state Senate passed the bill in February on a vote of 34 to 21.

Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 7:35 am

Hawaii is halfway to becoming the 15th marriage equality state. Last night the Hawaii state Senate passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) on a vote of 20 to 4 with one abstention.

Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned, Hawaii!

By: Monday October 28, 2013 7:15 pm

The Hawaii state legislature has convened in a special session this week for the purpose of debating and voting on a marriage equality bill. If the bill passes, as is widely expected, bad things will happen everywhere, forever. So says Hawaii Republican Assembly, in collaboration with the anti-LGBT hate group Massresistance, so it must be true:

NOM Pays for Hawaii Marriage Ads With Shadowy High-Roller Money

By: Monday October 28, 2013 7:35 am

Where is the money to run the t.v. ads coming from? A handful of mega-donors like New York hedge fund manager Sean Fieler and former Gov. of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, most likely. Relying on a few deep pockets is NOM’s M.O.

NJ Gov. Christie Throws In Marriage Discrimination Towel

By: Monday October 21, 2013 4:10 pm

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie is cutting his losses and has “advised” the state’s attorney general to withdraw his appeal to a lower court’s order that allowed same-sex couples to begin marrying in New Jersey starting at midnight last night.

Updating NOM’s Marriage Map

By: Saturday October 19, 2013 6:40 pm

This Summer, after legislatures in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota granted same-sex couples the freedom to marry and the US Supreme Court struck down California’s discriminatory Proposition 8 as well as the federal Defense of Marriage Act, National Organization for Marriage put on a brave face and posted a map.

The map was inaccurate as soon as it was posted because it erroneously depicted California as a state with “marriage in jeopardy” rather than what it was by that date, a marriage equality state.

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