Monday, July 25, 2011

NOM's attack on New York's legislative process is wrong

The New York publication Capital Confidential weighed in on Sunday's rally by the National Organization for Marriage. And not only does it provide some interesting details regarding the actual number of participants, but also gives us an interesting peek at NOM's audacity:

Promising wrath both earthly and divine, around 400 people marched, chanted and prayed during a Sunday afternoon rally for traditional marriage.

“All we have done is put into statute a lie,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. He traveled to Albany from Connecticut to headline demonstrations coinciding with the enactment of a law legalizing same-sex marriage. It was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month after passing the Senate 33-29.

Brown said his group, and others, should build a new coalition to push for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage. He proposed amending New York’s constitution, which requires the approval of two successive legislatures and a popular vote. It would take until November, 2013, for such an effort to bear fruit, but legislative leaders have indicated no interest in allowing the necessary bills to floor votes.

Granted, Capitol Confidential did not say where it derived the 400 number from but it is a definite jump from 10,000 in New York City and thousands from other places which NOM claimed  were in attendance. Frankly I don't see how there could be such a discrepancy in numbers? Someone is obviously lying and since NOM has a history of doing just that (lying like a rug), it's safe to say that Capitol Confidential should be given more credibility.

But Brown's words are what I find interesting.
“We are not the kind of people that when politicians betray us, to take our rights away, go home,” Brown said.
What the hell does Brown mean by "we?"  He is not from NY nor does he indicate just which rights were taken away from New Yorkers. But yet he wants to formulate a plan to change the NY state constitution.  He claims that it is the thing to do because the NY legislators have betrayed their constituents:

But a majority of New Yorkers actually supported this bill. It was pushed through the legislature legally, voted on legally, and passed legally.

So what is the problem?

While some in NY aren't happy with the marriage equality law, it would seem to me that they should be less happy with outsiders (NOM and Brown) coming in to disrupt their laws, and their constitution.

But for NOM, it's business as usual when it comes to transference. After all, what's more of a lie? Duly elected state officials legally voting to pass a law or an outside group seeking to overturn  this law?

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Diaz wants Sunday's marriages declared illegal and other Monday midday news briefs

NY Sen. Ruben Diaz wants All Gay Marriages Annulled - Wait until you read why he claims to want them annulled. It's just basic pettiness which has NOTHING to do with love.

60 Awesome Portraits Of Gay Couples Just Married In New York State - THESE are the folks whom Diaz and NOM will hurt with impunity in pursuit of their so-called moral agenda.

Conservative group sues Senate over same-sex marriage vote - More junk.

Santorum: Perry Must Support Polygamy If He’s ‘Fine’ With New York’s Marriage Equality Law - Rick Santorum lives up the definition of his last name.

Tony Perkins: his latest horsesh*t in defense of the Bachmanns - In describing Tony Perkins, Pam Spaulding nails it.

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This is what NOM is scared of?

Yesterday marked the day that gay and lesbian couples across New York got married. According to The New York Times's Thomas Kaplan, 659 marriage licenses issued in NYC today, according to city officials. 484 marriages performed.

The National Organization for Marriage held their rallies and protests. The Associated Press claimed that thousands showed up. NOM tried to piggyback on that to claim that over 10,000 people showed up for the New York City rally and thousands attended other rallies.

However, pictures from the other rallies, like the one in Buffalo, demonstrate NOM's propensity for stretching the truth. And scenes from the rally show that the group continues to play the black and Hispanic communities against the gay community. And of course NOM won't talk about how it bussed in folks or where exactly did it get the 10,000 number.

But that's not important right now. Yesterday was the most important day for a lot of NY gay couples. And I want to present a video montage of the various couples getting married complete with their families and friends showing their support.

And I also want to ask the simple question.

Why should anyone be scared of this? How do these scenes destroy the idea of marriage?

I dare anyone to give me a good, complete answer. No hypothetical mess derived from board rooms.  No junk about "marriage being the uniting of the two halves of humanity." Give me a concrete reason as to what is wrong with these Americans getting married.

Or can you?

Go here to see the portraits of 20 couples who got married yesterday.

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