NOM Robo-Calling D.C. Residents with Trick Same-Sex Marriage Poll
The National Organization for Marriage has been robo-calling D.C. residents this week and polling them on same-sex marriage. With, as DailyKos reports, a trick question:
Ordinarily, I hang up on all telemarketing calls, but today I got a robocall survey from the National Organization for Marriage.
It consisted of two questions.
First "Are you a registered voter" Answer -- Yes
Second -- Do you believe that marriage between only one man and one woman should be legal? My answer -- No
Now this is obviously a trick question. Take out the word "only" and the answer is obviously "yes". But stick in the word "only" and for a marriage equality supporter such as myself, the only answer that you can give is "no." But, of course, can you expect a bunch of homophobes to ask an hones question, such as "Do you believe that marriage should be legal between gay and lesbian couples?"
Charlie Watson at GLAA Forum guesses the call is about fund-raising:
"While it might be expensive to send a fund raising letter to every voter in DC, it will be much more cost-effect to target people who have indicated they are opposed to equal treatment of gay people. When the banks of telephone solicitors start gearing up it will be most beneficial to place calls to the homes where people support your position. Opponents of same sex marriage have been very ineffective at stirring up city voters to support their position (Harry Jackson announced his last protest, to be held at the Capitol Visitors Center, but the event never came off. He probably thought he would look silly there alone.) But that doesn't mean they have given up on making a buck off of it."
A commenter there suggests it's about voter identification.