National Organization for Marriage issues $500k threat to gay-friendly MNGOPers [UPDATE]

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Are you a Republican legislator who is considering voting in favor of allowing two dudes to tie the knot? If so, NOM wants you to know it's coming for you!
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Senator Petersen says he's not worried about NOM's threat.

"Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to [be] bought either way. I'm going to do what's right," Petersen told the Pioneer Press. "If they want to throw away $500,000 then that's their decision."

Original post -- MNGOP legislators who vote in support of marriage equality will be marked for death, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) warns in a press release published today.

SEE ALSO: Anti-gay marriage group pleads for last-ditch support of "God's definition of marriage"

"Republicans like Branden Petersen don't realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican," said NOM president Brian Brown in reference to the 27-year-old senator from Andover who last week became the first MNGOP legislator to come out in favor of gay marriage. "NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage."

Specifically, the press release warns legislators that NOM will "spend $500,000 against any Republican legislator who votes in favor of redefining marriage in Minnesota, and will support any Democrat who votes to preserve marriage." Because being out of touch with the direction civil rights law is headed isn't the exclusive domain of Republicans, right?

The release also notes that with contributions of more than $2.2 million, NOM was "the largest contributor to the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment." And how'd that work out for them?

Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, reportedly plans to introduce his marriage equality bill late this week, a week later than it was initially promised.

To read the entirety of NOM's remarkably brazen press release, click to page two.



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