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NOM to D.C. Council: The People of D.C. 'Have a God-Given Right to Vote for Marriage'

The national Organization for Marriage issued a statement in response to the D.C. Council's approval of marriage equality 11-2 yesterday in the first of two votes.

Dc Said Executive Director Brian Brown: "This battle is not over. DC politicians are blocking the right of people to vote on marriage. Voters in 31 other states have already exercised their right to vote on this issue. It is ironic that some politicians actively campaign demanding DC voting rights and yet they are conspiring to deny those same citizens the right to vote on the definition of marriage. We will not give up on D.C. The people of D.C. have the right to vote for marriage; we will fight for their rights and we will win. NOM will be proud to fight alongside Bishop Harry Jackson to make sure politicians hear the people's voice loud and clear: don't mess with marriage. We will fight in Congress. We will fight through the courts to get this to the people of D.C. who have a God-given right to vote for marriage and Charter-given right to overturn the council's decision. We are confident marriage will win in the end in D.C. as it has in Maine and 30 other states."

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  1. Where in the Bible does it say people have a GOD given right to vote on ANYTHING. I'd like the chapter and verse please!

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 2, 2009 9:03:35 AM

  2. "God-given right to vote", eh? Mixing Church and State much?

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 2, 2009 9:05:42 AM

  3. Then I would like to vote on that fat cow Gallagher to divorce her husband.

    Why is marriage this special subject that is supposed to demand the public vote. Many laws and bills get passed without input from the average citizen. This is just going to be one of them.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Dec 2, 2009 9:20:47 AM

  4. Maybe if they gave us statehood, we'd consider it - but then we'd be imposing our God given right govern ourselves.

    Posted by: David | Dec 2, 2009 9:23:56 AM

  5. God given right to vote?

    “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

    Our government is secular by design, if they don't like it I will gladly buy Maggie a one way ticket to the theocracy of her choosing. Actually, I'll even spring for two tickets to accommodate her fat ass.

    Posted by: John M | Dec 2, 2009 9:25:47 AM

  6. Here's a news flash: They ALREADY voted on this issue by voting for representatives whoso happen to be pro marriage-equality.

    If they are displeased and feel that the representatives they voted into office are violating the will of the constituents, they can, of course, vote them out.

    It is very clear that this is a civil rights issue, one that is barred from a public vote.

    I feel that if this fight isn't won in the next few years, our children's children will look back on this period in time in shame.

    Posted by: G | Dec 2, 2009 9:38:46 AM

  7. If they can vote on our marriage, why can't we vote on their religion? Let's push that and see how quickly they back down.

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 2, 2009 9:41:45 AM

  8. I wish someone would please remind NOM that this is a REPUBLIC, not a Democracy. We vote for people to make laws that help people, not for people to vote on things like defining any words in the laws.

    That is the part of Democracy in this country was made for, not voting for human civil rights.

    Posted by: Hawk | Dec 2, 2009 9:49:19 AM

  9. NOM can stay the hell out of DC and stop pretending they know what we want. Dear Maggie, in the words of Dick Cheney, "Go F*ck yourself"

    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 2, 2009 10:09:27 AM

  10. So glad he pranced to the computer to write that garbage. I wonder if he was still in his harness?

    Posted by: homer | Dec 2, 2009 10:11:22 AM

  11. Will this be the time our gay "leaders" FINALLY call out the bigots as bigots? Or after forty years of their beating us over the head with their interpretation of the Bible are their balls still undescended?

    Posted by: Michael @ | Dec 2, 2009 10:11:35 AM

  12. @Taylor: More to the point, where in the Constitution does it say that people have a right - God-given or otherwise - to vote on every peice of legislation? I'd like the Article and clause please?

    Posted by: Jon B | Dec 2, 2009 10:16:56 AM

  13. We don't have a God-given right to marriage but they have a God-given right to vote exclusively on our marriages? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Maybe everyone's marriage should go before a public vote, including theirs? Don't book that reception hall till the public gives you a thumbs-up! If we have a God-given right to vote on everything, why the need for representatives at all? Just put all issues, civil rights and otherwise, directly before the always "well-informed" and engaged American electorate.

    The bigots were making the same claim after the marriage equality vote in VT. Though we hadn't had even a non-binding public referendum since the 1970s, suddenly the right wing was screaming that the public didn't get to speak! Never mind that they had every opportunity to talk to the people they elected to represent them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 2, 2009 10:35:14 AM

  14. Somebody needs to gently (or, more forcefully) tell that bovine bitch, Maggie Gallagher, that we live in a secular, representative democracy and the representatives on D.C.'s governing council (all elected by the D.C. voters) DID exercise their "god"-given right to vote. And, the result of that vote WAS MARRIAGE!

    How does that hateful hussy get away with claiming that people who WANT to get married are AGAINST marriage? This crap about submitting "marriage to the voters" is nothing more than a religious power-play. I am sick and goddam tired of this fundamentalist filth using our humanity as an excuse to exercise at the ballot box the most execrable form of hatred and bigotry.

    Look what has happened in Switzerland, the supposed bastion of democracy and tolerance! 57% of the voters decided to enshrine into law their bigotry and xenophobia. This is what is happening here in America. Unless we, as a community, in alliance with people of good will, unite and start fighting back against the NOMs, the Maggie Gallaghers, the Rick Warrens, et al, with their fraudulent and phony "love" and "compassion", we just might see what is now happening in Uganda (voting to make gay humanity a crime punishable by death) happen here.

    We need to face the facts: 31 states HAVE voted on marriage equality. We lost each campaign. Evangelicals and their religious and non-religious but rabidly right-wing allies are still a powerful voting bloc and have successfully used "gay marriage" as a motivating force to get out the vote for their side.

    They've done it with lies, misinformation, distortion and fear-mongering. Our side has countered with lame, feel-good ad campaigns that do nothing to counter the religious right's exploitation of the fear-based ignorance of their "base".

    This cannot continue. It has to stop. Today, the New York State Senate votes on a marriage-equality bill. Even if it passes, be prepared for Maggie and her gang of bigots to come to New York and push to have it "voted on" by the citizens of New York. I fear that (a) the NOM radicals will succeed in forcing a state-wide vote and (b) they will succeed in overturning marriage equality.

    Should that happen, my suggestion is we might as well pack it in and seriously consider leaving America.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 2, 2009 12:44:33 PM

  15. Wonder if she'd be flapping her fat lips if the Vote had gone the other way: as in, "The people have the right to vote FOR gay marriage. The city council took that right away after privately voting against gay marriage."

    Probably not. But that's why they call them Hippocrites (sic).

    Posted by: New Jersey girl | Dec 2, 2009 1:08:07 PM

  16. @Jamal49-

    In order to get to a ballot in New York State, the legislature would have to approve of it (with the recommendation of the Attorney General). The same legislature that voted for marriage equality would put it on the ballot.

    I don't think so.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 2, 2009 1:24:00 PM

  17. You know these freaks would not be calling for a vote if the legislation had to do with restricting religious freedom.

    This uneducated morons can scream about the will of the public all they want, and then they should go back to study GRAMMAR school history. The founding fathers decided on a republic (representative democracy) precisely to AVOID the tyranny of the majority.

    Posted by: qjersey | Dec 2, 2009 5:54:39 PM

  18. Ol Mags is setting herself up to be the next Anita Bryant. Sooner or later her house of cards will collapse...and when it does, I do hope she takes every donating church right along with her. She is the poster child of ignorant hate.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 2, 2009 9:16:15 PM

  19. we, the people, should have the GOD given RIGHT to vote on whether the churches in America should have their tax-exemption yanked for participating it such a bigoted call for injustice against a minority group.

    Posted by: musicdivaSF | Dec 3, 2009 2:16:51 AM

  20. Yea, that's the ticket. A G-d given right to exclude people from life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Since slavery is in the bible, do we have the G-d given right to vote on whether or not we can enslave people?

    Posted by: cowboyneok | Dec 26, 2009 6:39:54 PM

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