National Organization for Marriage (NOM) political director Frank Schubert — the mastermind strategist behind the NOM’s failed campaign to defend “traditional” marriage in the recent election cycle — has slammed former GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for asserting that marriage equality was “inevitable.”
In the wake of a string of victories for same-sex marriage, Gingrich reportedly called on the Republican Party to accept the “reality” of marriage equality.
Schubert, who has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, called Gingrich’s assertion “ridiculous,” and cautioned NOM supporters not to “overstate” the importance of marriage equality victories in Maryland, Maine, Washington state and Minnesota.
Sometimes good men say stupid things, and this is one of those times.
Gingrich’s conclusion that gay “marriage” is inevitable is ridiculous. His comments suggest the results of marriage races in Maine, Maryland and Washington, which allowed three deep-blue states to endorse redefining marriage means that it is inevitable. I wonder if the Speaker also thinks that the Republican Party is doomed and can never again win a national election. After all, marriage performed, on average, 6.6 points better than did the Republican ticket in these very Democratic states.
Yes, we are disappointed with the election results, but let us not overstate their importance. By an overwhelming 60% margin (according to a national survey conducted by Gingrich’s own pollster, Kellyanne Conway), the American people continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
According to public filings, Schubert has netted nearly $3 million this year for his work in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Washington State. The profits go to Schubert’s company, Mission Public Affairs, reported NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign.
On Nov. 6, voters in Maryland, Maine, and Washington state approved ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage, while Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
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