By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com April 09 2014 7:05 PM ET
They were given the finger. They were shouted at. They watched a counterprotester rip pages from the Bible.
These are some of the “multiple attacks” anti–marriage equality demonstrators were subjected to by the “Gay-Stapo” around the nation, according to right-wing website Barb Wire.
“These recorded incidents reveal the appalling intolerance and hatred of the homofascists,” reads text accompanying a video recorded by TFP Student Action, an ultraconservative Catholic group.
In the video, some of the group’s opponents are shown engaging in rude behavior, and some even get physical by pushing and shoving. But while such behavior is indefensible, it hardly rises to a level meriting Barb Wire’s hyperbolic language or similar language used by TFP Student Action volunteers. It's also worth noting that there is no date on any of the footage, though some shows LGBT demonstrators carrying signs saying "Vote No on Prop. 8," indicating that specific footage dates back to at least 2008, when California voters approved the since-overturned law that revoked marriage equality in the state.
“More people need to see how the homosexual movement attacks the sanctity of marriage and threatens freedom of speech,” says one man in the video, encouraging viewers to share it because media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC are unlikely to run such footage.
TFP Student Action, for college students, is a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. “Founded in 1973, the American TFP was formed to resist, in the realm of ideas, the liberal, socialist and communist trends of the times and proudly affirm the positive values of tradition, family and private property,” reads TFP Student Action’s website. Both the student group and its parent organization strongly oppose same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
Barb Wire is not affiliated with the TFP groups, although it shared the video and embraces similar ideology. The site was founded by right-wing lawyer and political commentator Matt Barber.
Watch the video below and see what you think.