Tea party Republicans won the House last year by promising to focus on the economy and “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”
But in the four months or so that they have controlled the House, the GOP has focused instead on curtailing women’s rights; defunding programs that help seniors, children and the poor; and going after public broadcasting.
Now the tea party has added the fight against gay civil rights to its agenda. Earlier this week, the Homophobe Caucus in the House quietly scheduled a hearing on same-sex marriage, which it gave the Newspeak title, “Defending Marriage.”
The star witness at the hearing will be Maggie Gallagher, leader of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Late last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center officially added NOM to its list of domestic hate groups, a longstanding list that also includes the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nation.