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Rubio participating in NOM robocalls against marriage equality

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Friday, November 2, 2012

Rising Republican star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is speaking out against same-sex marriage in robocalls being sent to voters in states deciding the issue at the ballot and presidential election swing states, according to an anti-gay group.

The National Organization for Marriage, one of the major groups opposing marriage equality, included Rubio in a press release as among those making calls against same-sex marriage along with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Focus on the Family co-founder James Dobson.

Marco Rubio
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According to NOM, calls will be made in both English and Spanish and will target voters “across the political spectrum who favor retaining the definition of marriage” as one man, one woman. NOM said a recording of the calls wasn’t available upon request from the Washington Blade, and Rubio’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment on the senator’s participation.

Rubio’s opposition to same-sex marriage is well known, although he contrasts with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the issue by not supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment. As a senator, Rubio has voted against an LGBT-inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and doesn’t co-sponsor any pro-LGBT bills.

Brian Brown, NOM’s president, touted the campaign as “the largest national mobilization of traditional marriage voters in history” and said it would reach 10 million voters across the nation.

“Even in these tough economic times, people know that the stability of the family is crucial and the need to preserve the institution of marriage has never been greater,” Brown said. “These calls from leaders in public life will remind voters to go to the polls, to protect marriage, and to support public officials who will do the same.”

Brown predicted that Election Day will ”mark a triumph for marriage and family” as result of efforts his organization has undertaken, which include advertising and other mobilization efforts.

NOM says it has allocated $500,000 for the campaign, which involves robocalls to homes in Maine, Maryland, Washington State — where marriage will be on the ballot — as well as Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are considered swing states in the presidential election. Jen Campbell, a NOM spokesperson, told the Washington Blade a decision hasn’t yet been made on which states will receive which calls and Minnesota wasn’t included because robocalls aren’t allowed there.

Fred Sainz, vice president of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, criticized the calls and predicted they would result in NOM winning more opponents than supporters.

“I’m sure these calls will be full of the last minute lies that NOM trots out during every campaign,” Sainz said. “It’s their stock in trade. But we’re confident that fair-minded Americans will reject the messages. No doubt there will be a fair number of ‘unsubscribes’ in the process.”

For its part, HRC has launched its own campaign involving robocalls to re-elect President Obama and other pro-LGBT candidates in addition to winning marriage equality at the ballot.

According to HRC, the robocalls feature Chad Griffin, president of HRC. They went out Friday and additional calls in Iowa and Massachusetts are scheduled for Monday. Sainz said an audio recording of the calls wasn’t available.

“We felt it was important to mobilize the nation’s LGBT community as well as our fair-minded allies on behalf of the president’s re-election as well as other candidates and ballot measures important to us,” Sainz said.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Frustrated closet-case.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:12pm
  2. We get to vote against him, as he votes against us.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:14pm
  3. Guess who’s the next Repug to be caught with a rent boy ;P

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  4. Evil

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:15pm
  5. Bill Maher: Marco Rubio who reminds you of the brother of the bride at every wedding you go to…BURN!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:17pm
  6. Asshole! You would think his child being in an accident would put things in proper perspective. But I guess not!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:18pm
  7. Rising star my hairy butt. Rising Moron more like it.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:18pm
  8. A Gay person who votes Republican is like a Jew voting for the Nazis or an African American supporting the KKK. There is no excuses! A vote for a Republican is a vote against LGBT Americans – period!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:22pm
  9. It clearly shows that he does NOT know the definition of marriage so I will spell it out clearly and s l o w l y for him. (Marriage- Love between 2 HUMAN BEINGS that share their lives together.) Is that clear enough or doesn’t he know how to read?

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:26pm
  10. Bigoted As#!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:28pm
  11. Vote this closet case out!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:29pm
  12. So much for small Repuklican government. I’m sticking with Barack!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:31pm
  13. Make sure everyone gets our friends and family to the polls and votes!! Obama 2012

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:46pm
  14. Obama 2012 GO GO GO!!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:48pm
  15. Buenos suerte! Por favor!This man gives a whole new meaning to the words homophobic bigot. Another Floridiot!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:31pm
  16. This guy!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:32pm
  17. Again. Republicans trying to take away our given rights of freedom to live our life the way we please. Just like Romney. Homophobic politicians’re a large part of the reason we as a society are divided. People like them are a waste of space.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:09pm
  18. Shame, shame, shame.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:29pm
  19. Damn! Refugee.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:37pm
  20. FUCK YOU RUBIO !

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:54pm
  21. He should go back to Cuba where he belongs! Either that or shut the fuck up whatever comes first!

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:09pm
  22. You can tell he’s a scumball with the R after his name.

    Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:43pm