Yep, Kallman Lied About LGBT Groups and NAMBLA

Yep, Kallman Lied About LGBT Groups and NAMBLA May 6, 2015

A couple weeks ago my friend Justin Schieber debated David Kallman, a well-known anti-gay lawyer from Michigan, on the subject of same-sex marriage. I was rather shocked when, during the Q&A, Kallman declared that the “national gay websites” all supported NAMBLA and wanted to lower the age of consent. The video is now up on Youtube so I was able to get the exact quotes:

David Kallman: “Go to the national gay websites and stuff, they’re all in favor of multiple parent or mutliple partner unions and marriage and things like that. Gloria Steinem and others also. They support NAMBLA, who wants relations between older men and younger boys. They want the age of consent lowered.”

Justin Schieber: “If you could give me the name of a national LGBT organization that supports NAMBLA or supports lowering the age of consent laws.”

David Kallman: “I don’t have it off the top of my head, but if you go to that Harvard Journal of Law article that I mentioned, volume 34 in 2011, they cite the ones in there, it’s all cited there.”

The article he referred to, and from which he took virtually every argument he made verbatim, was entitled “What is Marriage?” and it was written by Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan Anderson. He gave the specific citation early in the debate as volume 34, 2011. So I decided to look up that article to see if it did, in fact, cite all those “national gay websites” that supported NAMBLA and wanted to lower the age of consent to allow “relations between older men and younger boys.”

Guess what? He was lying. I mean flat out lying. Not only are there no citations to support that horrible accusation, the article doesn’t even mention NAMBLA at all. Or adult-child relationships. Or age of consent laws. To make things worse, this is one of the first things he said at the beginning of the debate:

“And I think that’s the first thing I wanted to mention tonight is that unfortunately it seems, on both sides of this issue a lot of times, civility is lost. And it seems that we can no longer agree to disagree. And it’s important that we have these discussions in our society, not just on this issue but on many different issues, and to do so in such a way where it’s not demonizing or going after the other side as just being hateful or despicable people.”

That was obviously a lie too. He certainly did not have any problem with demonizing gay people and the national gay rights groups by claiming that they “support NAMBLA” and want to lower the age of consent laws. He didn’t have any problem lying to claim that he could support such a vile allegation. This is precisely what demonization is, for crying out loud. And I think he owes those groups an apology and a public retraction of his disgusting comments.

Here’s the full Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy article:

What Is Marriage?


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