Gone are her mean-spirited attacks comparing gay people to pedophiles. This is the new Tanya Ditty, the conservative Atlanta activist still fighting all things LGBT but crafting her attacks like an ignorant grandmother and not a bitter troll.
The state director of Concerned Women for America now even pairs her new rhetoric with an updated hairdo (top photo) – no doubt not coiffed by a gay stylist.
We caught a whiff of Ditty's new defanged approach to her anti-gay activism earlier this year as she rallied for fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Then again as she supported Sen. Josh McKoon's failed "religious freedom" bill. And now, talking down gay marriage.
There's this from a recent interview with the AJC for its indepth look into same-sex marriage and how attitudes have evolved. Well, except for Ditty's.
“I believe the truth is the truth, and you don’t evolve away from the truth,” said Tanya Ditty, state director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.
And this, also from the AJC.
“It is the bedrock of civilization — for society, for family and for raising children,” said Ditty, 54, state director of Concerned Women for America, a socially conservative group.
She's still just as ignorant of facts as ever, arguing in a video (watch below) for the AJC that support for gay marriage is overblown and the work of some great conspiracy to get one by the American people.
"I don't believe that there has been as much of a dramatic shift in support of same-sex marriage as the same-sex marriage lobby purports."
"I believe it's a fabrication of the media. I think it's a fabrication of those that want the public to think that there has been this dramatic shift in same-sex marriage."
But Ditty has come a long way since 2002, when she espoused "great concern with the radical homosexual agenda" and warned of a mission by "homosexual administrators and counselors" to infiltrate middle schools across the state.
Not much had changed by 2012, when Ditty unleashed a bitter rant against LGBT people during a legislative hearing and compared them to pedophiles and other criminals. And did so with her dated hair style (second photo). A YouTube video of her testimony went viral and we tagged her Georgia's new anti-gay Hater-in-Chief.
A year later, when the Supreme Court dropped DOMA and Prop 8, Ditty's softer public persona kicked in.
“I believe personally that the Bible does not condone homosexuality,” said Tanya Ditty, director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia. “It does not mean we hate. We love the sinner but do not love the sin.”
By 2015, Ditty abandoned her hateful rhetoric altogether in public as she fought for McKoon's "religious freedom" bill and rallied in defense of Cochran.
All freedom-loving Americans must stand against such gross government abuse. In this case, it starts with the people of Georgia. CWA’s Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty told me, “Chief Cochran’s story should send a chill down the spine of people of all faiths. In this current anti-religious climate, simply being a person of faith could cost you your livelihood. We stand behind Kelvin Cochran, as should all Georgians.” But this must now become a fight for all of us, because this is just one of the many incidents where we are seeing an increase government hostility towards religion.
And by February, when she testified in favor of McKoon's legislation, her comments were brief and she didn't troll anyone. Before the hearing, she even chatted briefly with state Rep. Karla Drenner, a lesbian and the lawmaker she fought in 2012 over a bill to provide workplace protections for LGBT state employees.
Gone are Ditty's bad hair and potty mouth. Not that she's going all Michael Bowers and repenting for her anti-gay ways. But that's something, isn't it?