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National Organization for Marriage reacts: ‘We are not defeated’

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The National Organization for Marriage reacted Wednesday to its stunning loss in four states where marriage equality initiatives were on the ballot.

Brian Brown

“We are not defeated in our fight for traditional marriage,” reads the headline on NOM’s blog. “Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” wrote a Brian Brown, NOM president.

“Obviously we are very disappointed in losing four tough election battles by narrow margins. We knew long ago that we faced a difficult political landscape with the four marriage battles occurring in four of the deepest-blue states in America. As our opponents built a huge financial advantage, the odds became even steeper. We ran strong campaigns and nearly prevailed in a very difficult environment, significantly out-performing the GOP ticket in every state.

Despite the fact that NOM was able to contribute a record amount to the campaigns (over $5.5 million), we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one. We were fighting the entirety of the political establishment in most of the states, including sitting governors in three of the states who campaigned heavily for gay marriage. Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case. Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these very liberal states.

Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it. Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback. There is much work to do, and we begin that process now.”

With the defeat of the proposed Minnesota constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, coupled with the voter approval of same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in Washington State, Maine, and Maryland, LGBT advocacy groups are looking forward to improving the chances of pushing equality forward on other front during the next four years, including repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and a renewed push by the Obama administration to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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  1. Yes, yes you are.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:25am
  2. but… you ARE defeated. too bad so sad, eh?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:25am
  3. Denial, anyone?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:25am
  4. hahahahhahahahahahahhahahahah!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:26am
  5. lol… frakkin’ NOM idiots..

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:26am
  6. not defeated, but slapped about a bit.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:27am
  7. The only state where you are not defeated, NOM is in the state of Denial.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:27am
  8. yes you are. sashay away now.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:27am
  9. They need to understand, once we organize its all over, we will get equality!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:28am
  10. So…. They’re MAD? lmfao How is Money going to Help them? Someone should tell them Money can’t BUY Love or Support.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:28am
  11. I hope that the National Organization for Marriage loses all of its battles. They were defeated 4 times yesterday.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:28am
  12. Not yet… We just gave you a taste of what’s to come. We’ll wait for the Supreme Court to leave you with your tail between your legs. Your bigotry and hate have went on long enough. You goofed and you’re on the wrong side of history. Hopefully God will still forgive you for your ignorance though. :P

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:28am
  13. You were defeated last night. And we are going to keep fighting, tooth & nail, until you go the way of the dodo bird.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:28am
  14. Brian Brown shirts gonna need a new Job. Maybe he can wipe away Victoria Jackson’s tears and be Donald Trumps Gopher boy!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:30am
  15. Bigotry: serious business!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  16. We need the ERA. This is just like the work that led to the 14th and 19th Amendments. We won’t get what we want by going one state at a time.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  17. Umm…yes NOM, you ARE defeated. “Let the people vote” is your talking point. Well, the people spoke, now get lost and get a life!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  18. Keep cryin’, ya little brat.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  19. Get a Life NOM, Your Defeated. Stop being in Denial. Gay Marriage is coming faster and faster. It Does NOT Interfere with anyone’s Life. You Choose to Let it interfere with your Life. Now Grow Up and Get Over it. People are tired of your Red Rick, You May Get Sued.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  20. Yes you are, Brian. You have consistently lost in the courts, and now you are losing the popular vote as well. With Obama in office, it’s almost guaranteed that the SCOTUS will agree on November 20 to review the DOMA challenge, and as he did with the PPACA, Roberts will be the deciding swing vote; they may or may not decide to hear the Prop 8 challenge, but if they do, you will lose it as well.

    You have no solid ground on which to place your platform of discrimination. The only place you have not lost is within your own minds – which is fine, because you are welcome to your own opinions (however ignorant they may be); you are simply not welcome to enforce them as law over anyone else.

    Goodbye, Brian. I hope you find peace at some point.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:31am
  21. Translation: We are defeated but are currently in denial about it.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:32am
  22. I’m sorry, I still cannot take an organisation seriously with a name like NOM.
    I’ve seen too many memes.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:33am
  23. It’s hard for NOM’s arguments about those four states being “incredibly liberal” to stand up when you take into account that Minnesota re-elected Michelle “Christian Jihadist” Bachmann.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35am
  24. And the point where he mentions “as God intended it” is where he loses all credibility and hope of passing the law for traditional marriage due to the first amendment.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35am
  25. Awww!! It’s so cute to see him grasping for straws.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:36am
  26. Oh yeah, you’re defeated. BOO ya.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:37am
  27. Sore loosers, much?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:38am
  28. O YES YOU ARE

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:41am
  29. DEFEATED! It seems pretty clear to me…

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:45am
  30. It kills me that they always harken back to saying that their cause is one based on “what god wants”. To that I say, horsehit. Our civil rights laws are not based on what message you think your god has given you. We are not a Christian nation. We are a nation of religious freedom with many beliefs and creeds and it is none of your business who someone loves and who someone wants to marry. Get OVER IT. You have lost this fight. Take all that hate money you raise and do something positive with it.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:46am
  31. LMFAO LOSERS

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:46am
  32. SNAP…you pretty much are, idiots..

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:48am
  33. hahahahaha!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:48am
  34. Thanks for playing. Now GET OUT!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:52am
  35. Isn’t this the KKK’s slogan?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:54am
  36. ummm actually you are!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:59am
  37. Praise God, you’re assholes! Love comes in all forms. Let it go. Try love instead of hate, it works so much better.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:02am
  38. Actually, sir, I believe the votes show that you have been soundly defeated.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:06am
  39. Oh but you are Blanch, you are.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:07am
  40. of course not, NOM. your true and final defeat will occur once Prop 8 and Doma have to stand before the supreme court. when they are ashes, then you have my permission to cry.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:10am
  41. Yes….yes you are!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:14am
  42. Why can’t the hateful fear mongers go away

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:17am
  43. Boo Hoo

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:18am
  44. Just keep telling yourself that bigot

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:25am
  45. Um, looks that way.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:26am
  46. Wow… That picture of Brian looks like the biggest adult temper tantrum I have ever seen. If he doesn’t stop this nonsense, we might have to put him in a time out in the naughty boy chair. Lol

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:30am
  47. Brian Brown, you are a simply a sore loser. You should get over your loss and move on. In choosing to remain entrenched, by continuing to keep on fighting to keep the inequality ongoing, means that, you are not very smart either. Freedom is not true freedom if it isn’t free for every citizen of the United States.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:32am
  48. Yes you are

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:32am
  49. They always talk about judicial activism and want to bring it to a vote. We did it their way and they are still upset. The thing is that their world view doesn’t see us a normal. They still view us as people with an illness. Or view us as dirty. Until a newer generation comes up and sets things the way they should be. Generation X and Millennials are going to see this change through.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:34am
  50. riiigghhtt…….you go with that! ass!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:38am
  51. They’re right. They’re not defeated. If they put it to a vote across the nation then they would be once and for all. But that’s exactly what they don’t want, the people to choose.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:39am
  52. Oh NOM, you so silly. You should just sit back and let progress happen. You can’t change love, stupid X)

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:02pm
  53. Dear Brian Brown and the rest of NOM, our country has asked you to either stop the vitriol, or sit down and be quiet. Don’t make me use the Voice of Reason with you.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:23pm
  54. Man does he look angry. Nanana boo boo.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:28pm
  55. if you are not defeated yet NOM… You will be!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:30pm
  56. First of the stages…Denial.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:31pm
  57. lol

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:44pm
  58. Pharisees and vipers claiming the good name of. Christ to hate. Satan must be beeming with pride for NOM doing his work of pushing souls from salvation.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:50pm
  59. Ha ha! Thank God that Jesus’s REAL people supported people who love each other!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:38pm
  60. They will never stop! Hate for them is just part of who they are!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:08pm
  61. This people are just a joke and the majority of the country see them that way.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:29pm
  62. Delusional Brian Brown. Apparently, marriage is a salad bar after all.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:05pm
  63. There we go-o-o-o…. I was waiting for this!!! :-{P}

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:18pm
  64. God loves a bigot because no one else does.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:39pm
  65. Oh yeah they are…they’re slowly being pushed down and their reactions are growing weaker

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:51pm