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

"Marriage is not a partisan issue, and NOM does not hesitate to oppose weak Republicans and support strong Democrats."-- Brian Brown, NOM president --

Washington, D.C. -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today pledged to 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. NOM's Minnesota state political fund was the largest contributor to the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment (giving over $2.2 million) and has helped defeat virtually every Republican who has supported gay marriage, including three Republican state Senators in New York in 2012.

"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 Brian Brown. "NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage. Legislators need look no further than what happened to GOP Senators in New York. Four of them were responsible for passing gay marriage. We helped take out three of those Senators by repeatedly informing their constituents of their betrayal on marriage. They are now out of office. We will not hesitate to do the same thing in Minnesota."

Same-sex marriage narrowly passed the New York Senate with the help of seven Senators who flipped their vote, including four Republicans. Of those four GOP Senators, three have been removed from politics. One was defeated in a primary, another was defeated in the general election and a third was forced to retire rather than face reelection. NOM was instrumental in all three outcomes, funding billboards, mailers, telephone calls and grassroots activities. Additionally, NOM campaigned against a sitting Democrat Senator, Shirley Huntley, who changed her vote and helped defeat her in a Democratic primary. NOM ultimately supported three Democratic candidates for Senator in New York, and helped elect two of those to office.

"We urge Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature to vote their values, and not what their party bosses tell them," Brown said. "Standing for true marriage is the right thing to do for Minnesota families, and especially for children. The fact is that Minnesota children, and all children, have a right to expect laws that promote them being raised by a mother and father. We will support those legislators, Democrats and Republicans alike, who vote for Minnesota family values, just as we have done in other states. Marriage is not a partisan issue, and NOM does not hesitate to oppose weak Republicans and support strong Democrats."

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It's like they don't even realize how irrelevant they are.

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It's absolutely amazing how far public opinion has turned on this issue.  It wasn't even a thing people thought of when I was a kid, 40 years ago.  Over the past couple of decades, same-sex marriage has become a reality in most people's lives, without benefit of legal recognition.  As a result, all the most intransigent have come to consider it at worst none of their business.  

As our younger people grow up, the idea that anyone ever opposed same-sex marriage will become a weird notion within the next 20 years; just as it now seems odd to see people smoking indoors in a public place (which was the norm 20 years ago).

I remember talking to my grandfather about this about 10 years ago, right before he died at the age of 96.  He was one of the most deeply religious people I have ever known, as well as one of the most conservative.  His response really surprised me.  He said, "I've been alive a long time, and one problem we don't have in this world is too much love.  If two people love each other, I can't imagine God wants me to have a problem with that, of all things."  And he couldn't even bring himself to say the words "gay" or "homosexual," despite the fact that he had known people meeting those descriptions his entire life.


You know what career is ACTUALLY ending? Being a professional homophobic bigot. Not a lot of future in that one.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

The other career that's ending? Being a professional homophobe.

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