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NOM Spending $450,000 To Attack NH Gov Lynch On Gay Marriage


The National Organization for Marriage threw itself even further into New Hampshire's gubernatorial race today by releasing an ad attacking Governor John Lynch for signing gay marriage into law.

The commercial and radio campaign, called "He's Changed" and put out with the "family friendly" group Cornerstone Action, takes aim at Lynch for switching gears on a range of issues, such as prisoner parole terms and taxes, and, yes, gay marriage, which Lynch said he opposed in a debate four years ago.

NOM leader Brian Brown released a statement in conjunction with the ad's release, and said, "When John Lynch lied and betrayed the voters of New Hampshire by signing the same-sex marriage bill NOM vowed to hold him accountable. Unlike John Lynch, we keep our promises."

The Lynch campaign insisted the governor hasn't changed and described him as a "thoughtful" politician who listens to his constituents: "He listens to people as he did on the marriage law. He's provided the steady leadership to get us through these tough times."

NOM and Cornerstone Action's campaign cost them $450,000. That's in addition to the $200,000 NOM spent earlier this year attacking Lynch. All that money may have been a complete waste, because NOM's preferred candidate, Republican John Stephen, trails Lynch by about seventeen points.

Watch the new commercial, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Just imagine all the positive things they could be doing with that outreach...after school programs...etc.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Oct 4, 2010 2:06:55 PM

  2. I would LOVE to know where NOM gets its money. Obviously someone or a small group with LOTS of cash. Perhaps some at the top of large organizations - and maybe THAT is why there's such a fear on their part of letting that info out.

    Now what large corporations would make News by being involved in politics?....

    Posted by: Fix It Again Tony | Oct 4, 2010 2:07:14 PM

  3. Gay marriage is an important issue. It needs to be discussed openly and fairly. But I have a song/video on under my name of Kenny Merriken. The song tells the story of what happened to some gays long ago. I invite anyone to view the video that starts with the word "Messiah". If you know anyone who would like to publicly debate me concerning the accuracy of the video, then please contact me at the email address in the video. Thank you.

    Posted by: Kenny Merriken | Oct 4, 2010 2:23:23 PM

  4. Most important Governor's races this November in terms of their impact on the struggle to extend the reach of marriage equality, for those wanting to get involved (NOM knows it and they're heavily invested in these races):

    1. Ground Zero is Minnesota: go to to get involved on behalf of Mark Dayton, an unapologetic supporter of full marriage equality who is being challenged by an extreme right homophobe with Sarah Palin's backing

    2. Hawaii: LGBT ally Neil Abercrombie faces Linda Lingle's lieutenant governor, who actually makes Lingle look "moderate" by comparison

    3. Maryland: Incumbent Gov. O'Malley has said he will sign marriage equality legislation if it gets to his desk. His opponent, a former governor, opposes equality.

    4. Rhode Island: I place this here because both of the leading contenders have said they would sign marriage equality legislation, which is virtually certain to pass next year in Rhode Island. Former Sen. Chafee is a more enthusiastic supporter of equality, though.

    5. Maine: We can only try again with a marriage equality bill in Maine if we have a governor willing to sign it. The Dem is a committed ally; the Republican is another teabagger loony who supports discrimination against LGBT people.

    6. New Mexico: Dem is LGBT ally. Republican is right-wing kook.

    7. Illinois: Gov. Quinn is not as appealing as was his primary opponent but, as in Minnesota, Hawaii and New Mexico, the Republicans have nominated a real right-winger.

    8. California: Whether marriage equality is re-obtained through the federal courts or at the ballot box in 2012, our fight will be much easier with ally Jerry Brown at our side than with pro-discrimination Meg Whitman.

    9. Oregon: We may go back to the voters to enshrine marriage equality with a constitutional amendment as soon as 2012. We need a pro-equality Dem on board to assist us with those efforts.

    10. New York: Actually, it's not the governor's race which is the problem but races for state senate. We need Dems to maintain control of the state senate and we need to replace anti-equality incumbents with pro-equality challengers.

    11. New Hampshire: We need to thwart NOM's efforts to reinstitute discrimination. That starts with beating back their efforts to oust Governor Lynch and replace him with an anti-equality Republican.

    Posted by: Patric | Oct 4, 2010 2:52:31 PM

  5. Kenny M:

    Life is waaaaay too short to voluntarily seek out the 10,000th piece of christianist propaganda I've ever had the misfortune to be exposed to, and then "debate" the soft-jazz-styling-named fucktard that created it. Thanks for playing though.

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 4, 2010 2:55:29 PM

  6. How much longer until they are bankrupt and/or a rich conservative saves them?

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 4, 2010 2:55:57 PM

  7. when are OUR RIGHTS as American Citizens going to go to the Supreme Crt? Huh..anyone know..? What Year do WE Finally get to Have a say as American Citizens? 2011,2012....2020? WHEN?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 4, 2010 3:14:39 PM

  8. We all saw how few people were showing up at NOM's rallies, but they mysteriously have all this money to throw into campaign ads.

    Surely the IRS must be a wee bit suspicious... no? No?

    Like, just as a hypothetical, let's suppose a great big tax-exempt religion decided it wanted to funnel money into politics. You can't just say-- oh, I dunno, let's pick a religious group totally at random, like maybe, I dunno, let's say, hmmm, how about, the Mormons-- you can't just say "Hi, we're the Mormons and here's our expensive ad to elect Joe-Don Bubba-Beauregard Smith dogcatcher of Yoknapatawpha County." Nope, 'cause if you did that, our hypothetical (now what was it, oh, yes) Mormons would lose their tax-exempt status.

    Now, wait, what was my point? Oh, yeah, that those five or six people who were showing up at the NOM rallies (where all that was missing to show how deserted the rallies were were tumbleweeds blowing by) all those five or six folks in their polyester Wal-Mart apparel must have been incredibly rich and incredibly generous individuals. Yeah, THAT's what I was saying.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Oct 4, 2010 3:28:03 PM

  9. .. I guess I should have made it more clear.....WHEN will Prop 8, or oral arguments Go to the Supreme Crt to SECURE OUR RIGHTS as TAX PAYING LGBT AMerican Citizens...and when they do, will the dream team be representing us again?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 4, 2010 3:28:09 PM

  10. I agree with BobbyJoe, who is paying for all this crap? It's certainly not the meager pissants showing up at their cross-country hate rallies. I smell the Morman and Catholic churches...

    Posted by: ichabod | Oct 4, 2010 3:31:54 PM

  11. Your Target and Best Buy dollars at work? Maybe not directly, but political money is like manure... it doesn't do any good if you don't spread it around.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 4, 2010 3:51:51 PM

  12. "who is paying for all this crap?"

    The Mormons, the Catholics/Knights of Columbus, evangelicals; the usual deep-pocketed suspects. Of course NOM is doing all they can to hide their funding, but it sure isn't coming from the handful of bigots who attend their rallies.

    It's crucial that NOM not get their way in NH. If NH can weather this election cycle with marriage equality intact, it becomes more and more difficult for NOM to make any inroads, however much funding they have, because people have moved on. NH may have already moved on, and this is NOM's last-gasp attempt. I hope so. NOM is basically doing nothing in VT, because they know it would be a waste of their money. We want it to be a waste of their money everywhere.

    For Andrew: please drop the term "gay marriage." There is no gay marriage in NH (or other states with marriage equality), any more than there is "straight marriage." It is one civil institution: marriage. NOM's attack is on MARRIAGE EQUALITY. It may seem nitpicky, but every time we refer to marriage equality as "gay marriage," it reinforces the idea that our marriages are separate (and therefore unequal).

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 4, 2010 4:06:37 PM

  13. Thanks for the great recap Patric.

    The Republican Governors' Association has already pumped in $600,000 (that is HUGE in our market) to get the "tip of the Christian spear" Aiona elected Governor here. And the religious right is whipping their base into a frenzy here to try and defeat our stadfast ally, Neil Abercrombie. Neil's unequivocal support for Civil Unions is becoming one of the big issues. Civil Unions would be a lock, with the next step full marriage equality if Neil gets elected. We have the House, we have the Senate, we just need the right person in the Governor's office to sign the legislation when it is passed.

    Anyone who has sworn off the DNCC or HRC and wants to make a contribution to a Dem who actually IS a fierce advocate, go to and donate.

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Oct 4, 2010 4:14:37 PM

  14. Fuck off, Kenny.

    Posted by: Agcons | Oct 4, 2010 7:51:11 PM

  15. I hope someone can find the video of Brian Brown blowing a rentboy in the backseat of Maggie Gallegher's car during a Pride Celebration. I know there's got to be one; you cannot be this homophobic without some skeletons in your closet. I'm just saying..

    Posted by: mad1026 | Oct 4, 2010 8:56:37 PM

  16. NOM lies!!!

    Governor Lynch never said he would veto the bill - he just said he was against at that time.

    Posted by: Putney | Oct 4, 2010 11:15:09 PM

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