David Barton, founder WallBuilders, a Texas-based group “dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built,” is calling for the “scalps” of traitorous New York state senators who voted in favor of marriage equality.
Following an interview on Tuesday with Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, Barton praised the NOM’s retaliation campaign against the pro-equality GOP senators, and warned that unless they are defeated, “Ken Mehlman and his kind [will] come in and start rewarding these guys for going against pro-family stuff.”
Mehlman is the former head of the Republican National Committee and George W. Bush campaign chief who recently came out as gay.
Barton said that “This is where you hang a bloody scalp over the gallery rail” to intimidate other Republicans who consider supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians, reported Right Wing Watch:
“I want to see pro-family guys scared straight that are squishy on this issue, and if we can’t take out these four Republicans and the Majority Leader in New York, we will have opened a huge door for Melhman and his kind to come in and start rewarding these guys for going against pro-family stuff, and you just can’t let that happen …
“No disrespect to our Native American friends, but this is where you hang a bloody scalp over the gallery rail. You hang these four Republican scalps over the Senate rail and every other Republican senator looks up and sees those scalps and says, ‘my gosh, I’ll be hanging up there beside them if I don’t stay with this pro-family stuff.’ And that’s exactly what has to happen.”
You can hear the full conversation, with co-host Rick Green, here:
David Barton with Rick Green
On June 24, New York state Sens. Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, voted in favor of the state’s Marriage Equality Act. The four GOP votes provided the majority needed to pass the legislation, legalizing same-sex marriage in the Empire state.
Last month, the NOM launched a $2 million retaliation campaign against the four GOP senators, and three Democrats who previously voted against marriage equality in 2009, but voted in favor in 2011.