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NOM billboards aimed at intimidating pro-gay marriage lawmakers

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The National Organization for Marriage is erecting more billboards aimed at intimidating pro-marriage equality legislators, and gloating that it was their efforts that cost David Weprin a seat in the U.S. House.

The NOM, which spent about $50,000 on mailings and calls against Weprin’s bid for Congress in New York’s 9th Congressional district, said Friday it’s spending $40,000 on billboards targeting four state senators with the words “You’re Next.”

The NOM has been taking credit for Weprin’s defeat, saying the loss was due to voter dissatisfaction over his suppport for same-sex marriage:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that it has launched a billboard campaign in the districts of state Senators Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi and Shirley Huntley to hold them accountable for their vote last June to redefine marriage in New York.

The new billboards say of the individual state Senator, “You’re Next” in reference to the defeat of David Weprin in the 9th Congressional District. NOM funded a major independent expenditure campaign in the Weprin race, making his vote to redefine marriage a decisive issue in his defeat in a district Democrats have held since the early 1920s.

“Just like David Weprin discovered earlier this month when he faced voters after redefining marriage, Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi, Roy McDonald and Shirley Huntley will soon discover that the people of New York will not sit idly by while the institution of marriage is redefined without voters having any say in the matter,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM.

However, a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute just days before the election indicated that the most important factors concerning voters was the candidate’s positions on Israel, the economy, and federal entitlement programs. Only 4 percent of respondents listed other issues.

Equality Matters pointed out that “this relative indifference towards same-sex marriage makes sense considering that, prior to this race, NY-9 consistently re-elected Anthony Weiner, a staunch and vocal proponent of marriage equality.”

The billboards are NOM’s latest attempt to turn back the clock and force a public vote in hopes of amending the New York state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Brown said the campaign is designed to “hold accountable the legislators who betrayed marriage and settle for nothing less than a vote of the people on marriage.”

But considering NOM’s strategy targets the New York state Senate only — while the State Assembly has been controlled by Democrats for more than 35 years and has voted in favor of gay marriage four times — it seems NOM’s real intent is to intimidate lawmakers in other states to prevent from a recurrence of what happened in New York state when the legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. hopefully next to grow some balls and not let them intimidate him.

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:04pm
  2. NOM if you have that kind of money to waste. Why not use it for a better cause like feeding the hungry.

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:04pm
  3. Loser’s…that pretty much say’s it all!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:13pm
  4. In my opinion, freedom of speech is the most important freedom of all. However, shame on any fool willing to use intimidation rather than reason.

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:21pm
  5. is it illegal to cut those billboards down??

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:29pm
  6. When did politics boil down to the size of the combatants’ genitalia?

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:48pm
  7. No, leave the billboards up! Its like saying i’m a bigot & here’s how to get in touch with me. Its like in the old westerns, you always knew who the good guys were & who the bad guys were by what color hat they wore.

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 11:25pm
  8. They are just mad because now the bell has been rung. They can wage all the billbords they want. Saland has not a damn thing to worry about. Its not Salands first rodeo. He will win reelection

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 11:46pm
  9. Some people just don’t get it. Some thing gay marriage would somehow take something away from others or that a given Church would be forced to marry a couple. This ignorance leads to fear and fear leads to hate.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 1:27am
  10. can you just hear the uproar if Democrats started putting billboards up like this!

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 2:05am
  11. all I can say is karma is a bigger bitch than I could ever be.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3:06am
  12. Some people spend just too much time and money on hate. They just don’t get it. We are not going away…….

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3:19am
  13. That is just so f*d up on so many levels. I hope someday they can look at what they’ve done and feel seriously, seriously ashamed of themselves. If I’d ever done anything like that I would never even want to be seen out in public. Not even the dollar store.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3:37am
  14. And wait.. Isn’t that a threat? I know freedom of speech and everything, but I was told that it’s ok as long as it’s not a threat…

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3:39am
  15. Sounds like prohibition and the temperance/suffrage movement resurrected.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 5:49am
  16. just bring it on

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6:14am
  17. And if they spent that money on actually helping people….. hmmmm….

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:55am
  18. sadly freedom of speech was set up to allow for healthy debates not to be used as an intimation tool.

    these people are the saddest people i’ve come to know so blatantly bigoted. i am sure these were people who voted for segregation and keeping certain people in the back of the bus.

    we should take out signs that say, america has no place for bigots. every citizen in this country needs to afford the same rights as all.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3:19pm
  19. NOM is simply a hate group per the SPLC. The catholic church of hitler, still not excommunicated, gave NOM 2.3 million in MY.

    BTW the former head of NOM, maggie Gallager protects marriage by having 2 illegitimate children.

    Bishop Dolan of NY, who made such a fuss over gay marriage – well his former dioceses of Milwaukee went bankrput in Jan 0f 2011 due to molestation awards

    a few links .

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/18/vatican-irish-bishops-child-abuse, vatican says hide the crimes

    http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/112878494.html
    Dolans former diocese of Milwaukee files for bankruptcy due to molestation of children.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:10pm