Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NOM falsely claiming that Obama is losing because of marriage equality

The National Organization for Marriage is attempting to create a nonsensical meme that Mitt Romney is leading President Obama in North Carolina due to Obama's support of marriage equality:

Ben Knotts of the Examiner asks that question:
A current poll from Real Clear Politics has the presumed GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, consistently leading PresidentObama in the fall election, since May 15th, 2012.
Prior to May 15th, polls showed President Obama continually leading his GOP opponent in North Carolina., but since that day, Mitt Romney - the former Governor of Massachusetts - has not failed to carry the support of the state.
What caused the shift in numbers? The issue of same-sex marriage provides a reasonable explanation.
On May 8th, North Carolina voters banned same-sex marriage by amending their state constitution to only recognize marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
On May 9th, President Obama endorses same-sex marriage - putting himself at odds with North Carolina voters on the controversial issue.
On May 12th, Governor Romney addressed social-conservatives at Liberty University declaring that marriage is only between one man and one woman - putting himself in agreement with North Carolina voters on the issue.
By May 15th, Obama's lead has shifted to Romney, and Romney has held the lead consistently ever since.

It sounds like a good point, doesn't it? Think again. As a comment on NOM's blog points out:

Be mindful of the messenger. Real Clear Politics is a conservative and Christian and polling company. Their recent poll shows a two point lead which in statistical terms means a tie. You will notice that while NOM breathlessly reports Romney "consistently leading Obama" they never actually disclose the lead numbers:
RCP Average 6/7 - 7/1: Romney 47.3 Obama 45.3 Romney +2.0

Furthermore, this is the bio of Knotts, the man who wrote the piece:

Rev. Ben Knotts (M.Div., M.A.R., B.A.) is an alumni of Liberty University. He is a well-recognized communicator, pastor, reporter, commentator, and mentor. 

So basically NOM is citing a biased, anti-Obama source who has no proof of his claims except for a poll for which he holds back facts which destroys his premise.

Not surprising at all, is it?

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