Gay Tea Party activist denounces gay marriage

The openly gay founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots says gay marriage will "unravel" the institution

By Katie McDonough

Published March 27, 2013 4:17PM (EDT)


Doug Mainwaring, the openly gay founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots, spoke at the National Organization for Marriage’s rally on the National Mall on Tuesday, warning that marriage equality will “unravel” marriage and “undefine children.”

He also generously absolved the men and women protesting with him to deny gay couples equal access to the rights and benefits of marriage of any homophobia that might ground their position:

“As a gay man, I can state categorically, it is not homophobic to oppose same-sex marriage.”

Glad that's settled!

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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