|NOM president Brian Brown|
NOM President Brian Brown sent out this letter:
I've got really exciting news to announce to you this week: a new coalition, a new plan, a rebuilt PAC. And here's the most exciting news: a huge multi-city series of rallies and protest marches taking place across the state of New York to win a vote to protect marriage in New York's constitution!
Save the date: Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m. Go here to get the practical details. And here's the good news: You can show up to let Albany know you've had enough of the corruption, the backroom deals, the lying, the politics as usual. Let the people vote!
Don't forget to send this link to Let the People Vote to your five best friends, the folks you know who are mad enough not to take this from Republicans and other pols lying down!
We at NOM have promised to raise $2 million to help defeat the politicians who've betrayed marriage in 2012.
The good news is that in our first week alone, hundreds of you sent donations adding up to $40,000 to NOM's NY PAC.
Interesting thing about Brown's letter. While it was extremely sketchy on details of just what NOM's plan will be, he asked for donations at least five times. Talk about your hard sells.
It's always extremely fascinating to me how NOM throws around the hyperbole. In the same letter, Brown labels lone anti-gay marriage Democrat Ruben Diaz as virtuous and heroic in spite of the fact that Diaz acted like a damn fool before the final vote.
But this is what he says about the legislators who voted for marriage equality:
On Sunday July 24 evangelicals, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Jews will come together in love all across the state to take back marriage from the politicians who betrayed it.
NOM claims to speak for New Yorkers but the majority of them actually support marriage equality. One would have to ask just who is NOM speaking for. It would seem to me by passing the marriage equality bill, NY legislators did follow the will of the people.
Yet Brown makes them seem like the Hun army during a day of wanton pillaging.
Granted, Brown will say that "opinion polls don't matter," or "the only opinion poll is at the voting booth," or "31 states have voted against gay marriage."
Of course Brown and his fellow NOMbies will omit mentioning the mailers, the robocalls, and the commercials linking marriage equality to the "indoctrination of children" and the deep pockets NOM uses to filter this mess throughout whichever state they are working at time.
Proving yet again that you can scare people to vote anyway you want, provided you have the money.
However, I really question NOM's intelligence here. NY will start issuing licenses on July 24. And I am suspecting that a lot of people are going to be getting them.
I don't think that anything resembling an attempt at a referendum would be smart or politically advantageous to anyone pushing it.
Once people get a taste of ambrosia, they don't go back to scraps so easily.
And starting on July 24, there is going to be a lot of ambrosia eaters in NY.