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|National Organization for Marriage struggles post-New York|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|July 04, 2011 11:55|
The National Organization for Marriage sent out an email to its supporters last week asking for funds to help combat the reelection efforts of seven New York senators, all of whom voted to legalize same-sex marriage, in the upcoming 2012 elections. NOM has pledged $2 million to “oppose pro-SSM legislators” in the coming election.
NOM is targeting Republicans and Democrats who voted in favor of marriage equality as part of a three-phase plan to put the marriage debate back on the table.
Via NOM's website:
PHASE 1: Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2013 legislative session.
PHASE 2: Protect pro-marriage candidates in the 2014 elections, so that the amendment can receive final legislative approval in the 2015 legislative session.
PHASE 3: Successfully pass the ballot measure when it goes before voters in November 2015.
NOM has set its sights on Republican Sens. Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi and Roy McDonald and Democrats Carl Kruger, Joseph Addabbo and Shirley Huntley.
New York's legislators passing marriage equality is one of the largest victories to date, at least outside of the court system, for the LGBT equality movement. NOM, of course, is struggling to handle the news that it failed, yet again, to protect the children from the nasty gays.
“Like you, we're incredibly disappointed—and frustrated—at both the procedure and especially the outcome in New York,” NOM President Brian Brown wrote in a message to supporters posted on the NOM website.
“I still find it unfathomable that Republicans thought they would benefit from handing Governor Cuomo a victory that his own party couldn't achieve when they were in the majority,” Brown added.
NOM has similar plans in place for New Hampshire and Iowa and organizers are, to their credit, open with their intentions:
“The key to success is electing legislative majorities who will answer to the people of their state, and not to special interests.”
My guess is that as time goes on, NOM will have a problem finding candidates who welcome their endorsement and support with open arms.
The polls show it and New York proves it: Being an anti-gay politician, even if you're a Republican, is so 2004.
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