Maggie Gallagher may be the most important homophobe you've never seen in the mainstream media. I don't use the world "homophobe" lightly, but if you understand the word to mean "fear of homosexuals," then it's hard to find a bigger homophobe than Maggie Gallagher. She is a potent force behind NOM (National Organization for Marriage) and a leader in the opposition in the referenda to overturn legislative and judicial decisions establishing gay marriage as a civil right.
Maggie Gallagher asserts that she is not a hater or someone who is prejudiced against gay people. This is hard to believe given her public euphoria over the California and Maine votes. The question remains: why would someone dedicate her entire life to make sure gay couples don't marry? I think it's one thing to uneasily vote against same-sex marriage. It seems to be something else all together to make it your life's purpose.
I've selected a not very sensational video of Maggie Gallagher. I've done this so you could see first hand her subtle manipulation. Notice the feigned defference to religious leaders. Notice how she forces a sense of casualness. (Oh, I won't talk long when everyone awaits a party!) As long as her message SEEMS casual, it is acceptable for a segment of the population to vote against gay people with the bonus of not feeling like a racist. She assuages their fears by implying that it's no big deal.