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NOM pledges $250,000 to challenge Washington state Republicans who support gay marriage

News release from the National Organization for Marriage:

The National Organization for Marriage Pledges $250K to Fund Primary Challenges to Any Washington State Republican Senator Who Votes to Redefine Marriage

“We intend to hold every legislator accountable for his or her vote on marriage.” - Brian Brown, NOM’s president -

nom_logoOlympia, WA - The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s leading pro-marriage organization, today announced that it will spend $250,000 to help fund primary challenges to any Republican legislator who crosses the party platform and votes in favor of same-sex marriage. NOM will also work with pro-marriage grassroots organizations to ensure that the people of Washington have the chance to vote on marriage in November 2012.

“It’s fairly incredible that some legislators would try to legalize homosexual marriage so soon after giving same-sex couples all the rights and privileges of marriage through Domestic Partnerships. This effort proves that the question is not one of rights but preserving marriage as a child-focused institution that has served families since the dawn of time,” stated Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “We intend to hold every legislator accountable for his or her vote on marriage. Any Republican who votes to redefine marriage can count on funding of a primary challenge to them. All legislators need to know that the same-sex marriage lobby wants to destroy the institution of marriage, redefining not just marriage, but also ‘husband,’ ‘wife,’ ‘mother,’ and ‘father.’”

NOM has helped mount successful election challenges to countless legislators who supported same-sex marriage in places like Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, California and New York. The group is particularly effective at ending the careers of Republican officials who abandon marriage. For example, NOM is responsible for defeating U.S. Senate candidates Bill Binnie in New Hampshire and Tom Campbell in California, as well as removing sitting state legislators in multiple states.

“In New Hampshire NOM worked with grassroots organizations to flip the state legislature there after liberal democrats legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. NOM played in 119 house races and won all of them. As a result, the New Hampshire legislature is now poised to restore the rightful definition of marriage in the coming weeks,” explained Brown. “Our work in Minnesota and Maine also helped deliver a pro-marriage majority to both states. Minnesota will vote on a pro-marriage amendment in 2012 thanks to a bi-partisan majority of legislators in both houses.”

NOM will also work to make sure that, if the State Legislature legalizes same-sex marriage, the people of Washington have the right to vote on it and repeal the work of the legislature.

“In 31 states the people have had the right to vote on marriage and every time the people have voted to protect the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. The people of Washington State deserve the same right. If the legislature forces through same-sex marriage, they need to know that marriage will be on the ballot in November and the people of Washington will hold them accountable,” stated Brown.

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This effort proves that the question is not one of rights but preserving marriage as a child-focused institution that has served families since the dawn of time,” stated Brian Brown, NOM’s president.
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Child-focused? So senior citizens are not permitted to marry? Infertile couples are forbidden to marry? Straight couples not wanting children are banned from marriage? That's news to me, Brian. I guess that makes you a liar.

By the way, one-third of same-sex couples are raising children. Don't those children deserve to have their parents' relationship protected through the secular institution of marriage?

Grow up guys.

Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT USA
Justice of the Peace.

Onward to full civil and marriage equality rights now. Period. Case closed.

If you are going to repeat Brown's lies, one would think that you would point out that they are lies, for example, Brown?"...marriage as a child-focused institution that has served families since the dawn of time." Marriage did not exist from the dawn of time, and simple Google will show that marriage has has changed drastically over the years. NOM is a hate group that repeatedly spews falsehoods about marriage in its efforts to demonize loving gays and lesbians who simply want to exercise the civil right of marriage.

History will hold every legislator accountable for his or her vote on marriage. History will hold Brian Brown, NOM, FOF, and other heterosexist individuals and organizations accountable for their regressive stance on human rights.

Evolve already!

The distinction the Antigays of NoM were maliciously attempting to edit into the CA constitution with their illegal Flop 8, was that gays are "icky": we are "not the same" and thus not *fit* to share the civil right of equivalent marriage with.

Most Antigays say we aren't even fit to share OUR country with them, which only proves how deranged these wingnuts are becoming at the idea that gay households might one day be considered "the same" as other households.

But consider this: is a legally recognized marriage between two high school sweethearts, "the same" as Larry King's 7th marriage? What about a legally recognized marriage between a soldier off at war and a civilian at home,versus two married people, where one is on death row and the other isn't? Is a first marriage "the same" as a third marriage? How about Britney Spear's 55 hour marriage, or Kim Kardashian's 72 hour one, versus a gay couple in MA who waited to marry for 35 years, and married the moment their constitutional right to do so was recognized...?

The fact is, NO 2 marriages have EVER been "the same"; only America's most squeamish ntigays -grasping at their last remaining piece of half-straw bits - want to use this FACT to make sure Gays are forever treated unequally, as often as possible.

The church-y ones will proudly go on to "righteously" explain how being mean to gays and bullying children will make God "like" America better.

Or something.

(rolled eyes)

This is supposed to be a valid basis for Constitutional law making?

The rise and fail of Flop-osition 8 proves once and for all, how this couldn't possibly be true anywhere the US constitution is to be enforced.

I can only think of how the GOP anti-equality rhetoric is going to backfire in ways they don't see coming just yet.

Which is hilarious if you're 50, African American, gay and legally recognized as married under EXISTING California law which recognizes marriage as being only between a man and a woman, except in cases where it is between a man and his man, or a woman and her woman, 18,000+ times overs. Permanently, as state government will ever see it.

Flop 8 was toast out of the box. The other 31 "constitutional" marriage bans across America are now put on notice.

Marriage equality nationwide has become the guaranteed civil right it always implicitly was (sooner than ever thought possible by this 50 year old) BECAUSE Flop 8 "passed" by a slim margin of 2% that NO LONGER EXISTS ANYWHERE IN AMERICA, LET ALONE CALIFORNIA

Lol, NOM is starting to lose like the KKK now. They tried this in New York. Failed. They tried this in Iowa. Failed. They tried this in New Hampshire. Failed. They will fail once again because bigotry is starting to fail as well.

Children will not be harmed by gay marriage. Let's examine research and prove what anti-gays are saying wrong. Also note, that "children" are completely irrelevant to gay marriage, because that issue is about gay adoption, which is not related.

http://www.livescience.com/6073-children-raised-lesbians-fine-studies-show.html
"In general, kids in both heterosexual and lesbian households had similar levels of academic achievement, number of friends and overall well-being."

http://www.magneticfire.com/2010/02/19/1119/
"Goldberg’s new book is the first full-length analysis of the research on gay parenting, summarizing research data on the subject from the 1970s to the present day. The research is consistent in suggesting that the outcomes and well-being of children raised by gay and lesbian parents are no different than those of children raised by heterosexual parents."

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20051012/study-same-sex-parents-raise-well-adjusted-kids
"Studies from 1981 to 1994, including 260 children reared by either heterosexual mothers or same-sex mothers after divorce, found no differences in intelligence, type or prevalence of psychiatric disorders, self-esteem, well-being, peer relationships, couple relationships, or parental stress."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100831091240.htm
"In a study published this month in the journal Demography, Rosenfeld concludes that children being raised by same-sex couples have nearly the same educational achievement as children raised by married heterosexual couples."

http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/parenting.aspx
"As this summary will show, the results of existing research comparing lesbian and gay parents to heterosexual parents and children of lesbian and gay parents to children of heterosexual parents are quite clear: Common stereotypes are not supported by the data."

What propaganda!

even here where it says "Olympia, WA - The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s leading pro-marriage organization..."

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How is their goal of destroying gay households, ever twisted into "pro-marriage"...?

Unless the writer here meant the ironic way, since these H8 groups and their FLAGRANTLY ANIMUS DRIVEN OPPOSITION to certain marriages, but not others are the primary motivators as to WHY the tide is turning in favor of equality, and why even republicans are turning away from a cynical ploy that is now proving itself in courts of law, under oath...to be obsolete.

The right side of history could not be more 100%American.

Threats to fix elections through fearmongering manipulations, because the facts don't fit 100% self-serving political goals?

Not so much.

(who's zooming whom about "God and Country", Antigays?)

Hey Shadowman!!!

Love your posts everywhere you post them!

Keep up the excellent work, calling out this antigay slime for what it always has been for way too many Generations of innocent and loving LGBT people for way too long.

Time's up.

*like it or not*

Lazy journalism! Republishing NOMs press release does not help anyone except NOM.

Thanks!

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