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NOM Pledges $1 Million to Defeat Marriage Equality in Maryland

Today, as the House of Delegates in Maryland came one step closer to voting on a marriage equality bill, the National Organization for Marriage said it had a million-dollar war chest committed to defeating any Republicans who vote against the bill, the Baltimore Sun reports:

Brown "We know where the people of Maryland stand, and legislators need to listen to their constituents," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. "If they don't, we're here to help hold them accountable."

The national group says it will form a political action committee in Maryland with the aim of ousting Republicans who "abandon the party position," Brown said. Money also will flow to Democrats who vote against the same-sex marriage bill, he said.

The only legislator specifically in NOM's crosshairs so far is Sen. Allan H. Kittleman of Howard County. He was the lone Republican senator to vote in favor of the bill.

Brown said NOM will be closely watching how Republican delegates vote.

 Today, lawmakers debated the bill, defeating four attempted anti-gay amendments. A vote could come as soon as tomorrow.

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  1. I said it for Meg Whitman when she threw her millions toward being governor of California, and I'll say it for NOM: can you imagine what good $1M could do for Maryland's public schools? Social services? Or any other charity, for that matter, who would be better served by this $1M than NOM's absurd battle they are fighting to keep other people down.

    Posted by: Austin | Mar 9, 2011 5:38:16 PM

  2. Do we know where their funding is coming from? Seriously, if NOM is telling the truth, there has got to be a major contributor behind this - Koch brothers, perhaps?

    Posted by: hank | Mar 9, 2011 5:50:03 PM

  3. I hope Mr. Brown is clean as a whistle, because my million just went behind finding his gay college 'roommate'.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 9, 2011 5:55:42 PM

  4. Do you think NOM is going to give any money of the African American communities in Md. to promote marriage between heterosexual African American teens or any programs targeting African American teens to not have children out of wedlock...NOOOOOOO... but how much money has NOM put in the pockets of the pastors in those communities ???? The African American communities have been used again by NOM....

    Posted by: mark | Mar 9, 2011 6:01:01 PM

  5. Hank think more like the mormon and catholic churches

    in MD case i'd bet most came from suitcases full of cash handed over by bishops

    Posted by: | Mar 9, 2011 6:02:55 PM

  6. You’d think the Catholics would be out of dough what with all those pesky child molestation law suits. Guess they’re letting the Mormons take up the financial slack...

    Posted by: ichabod | Mar 9, 2011 6:22:09 PM

  7. I find this hard to believe so late in the game. Though perhaps they would have made the threat earlier if they'd had the money. Some evil angel must have swooped in to propel their hatred.

    Who cares. They know they've lost. If they're spending $1 million on one Republican losing in the next election, they're pissing away money. Hopefully he'll have the balls and support to maintain his vote.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 9, 2011 6:42:04 PM

  8. Does NOM even have a million dollars to spend in Maryland - no, they do not - but there is something very telling about this blatant threat -- even by tea party standards - ha - see what I did there - I said tea party standards -- as if - still - even the tea party would not be so aggressive and blatant.

    And what is up with NOM - are they getting, well, a little . . . ummmmmm. . . . round? I mean - this guy and Maggie -- in this battle to help justify their sexually starved lonely unloved existence - have they, ummmmmmm - found much-needed solace in the arms of a frosted cake? I think we know the answer to that - though I suspect both are no stranger to the grape - in this "guy's" case perhaps a cool Zima.

    Is NOMs opposition to gay marriage based on their inability to marry what their heart cries for -- a cherry pie?

    Posted by: ricky | Mar 9, 2011 6:49:47 PM

  9. Is $1,000,000 even that much in a campaign like that? And to target how many of them?

    And yeah... you'd think that $1 Million could be spent much better in other places.

    Posted by: Jasun | Mar 9, 2011 7:02:28 PM

  10. @ Andrew :
    I can't accept your $1,000,000're backing a sure thing !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 9, 2011 7:05:58 PM

  11. When this bill becomes law and then goes to a referendum, same sex marriage is going to lose overwhelmingly with the voters unless there is a big 'game change' -- and that 'game change' means the gay community and its supporters in Maryland AND OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND have to pony up lots of money for organizing, advertising, energizing. Why don't we ask everyone who contributed in the effort to defeat Prop 8 in California to contribute the same amount of money in Maryland? That would be millions of dollars. But will the gay community and its supporters 'pony up'? Look what happened in Maine -- a massive pro-gay effort during the referendum, but still it was too little, too late. And Maine didn't have a huge African-American fundamentalist church community.
    In the end, when this comes up for a vote, it's going to be bad news and set things back for a decade -- UNLESS the pro-same sex marriage campaign does a better job, with more money and more grassroots, then happened in Maine and California. Sorry to say.....

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Mar 9, 2011 8:42:29 PM

  12. Haaa! Ricky, you're on fiya, that's some funny stuff.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 9, 2011 9:03:38 PM

  13. The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    "Law" originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff' | Mar 9, 2011 9:48:26 PM

  14. Maybe congressmen and women should go into politics to improve the world, not vote in the manner of who is footing the bill. Just the fact that there is someone with a million dollars, doesn't mean they are the voice of the people. I know, I'm living in a fantasy world. My ideal politician would be one who was hmm, let's say a farmer, who felt he could lend positive change to the US, then after his term was up, he returned to the farm. What's up with these careerists who desperately hold onto the position year after year? Pity.

    Posted by: gregg | Mar 9, 2011 11:01:33 PM

  15. NOM could barely get ten people to show up at most of its rallies last year, but they just happen to always have a few million bucks lying around whenever they need it. Sure, sure.

    Geez, if the IRS was as lenient on the rest of us about abiding by tax laws as they are on Rightwing Religion, we could all do whatever we pleased.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 9, 2011 11:47:02 PM

  16. What's the deal with someone like David Geffen? He gives $200M to some hospital (aren't hospitals "for profit"). Why doesn't he set up some war chest for LGBT with that $200M? When you think about it, didn't many LGBT people actually make him rich?

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 10, 2011 7:31:42 AM

  17. Middleofaroader ain't going to do anything. Like the GOP, gay marriage campaigns appear to be state by state. Look what happened with those judges? And now with Maryland?

    Oliver, Geffen isn't a philanthropist like say Gates. Paying 200 mill for a hospital that will bear your name is very different status wise, then funding the gay marriage movement.

    Apples and Pears.

    Furthermore, let's look at it in Geffens point of view. A shrewd Jewish business man who has been able to become a billionaire through the music industry. We all know how not very sweet that industry is.

    So the man a) likes his money b) is good at making money and c) something tells me he doesn't like to waste it. At all.

    So as a betting man/investor, where would he put the funds? Which horse would he back?

    I think if one of the marriage equality groups came to him with a brilliant strategy that was thought through, he would invest but look at them? These guys don't have a clue and have shown, time and time again that they are short term thinkers who can't seem to implement within their strategy a contingency factors. Shocking.

    And a waste of money that would go down the drain of you invested in their half baked schemes.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 10, 2011 8:22:56 AM

  18. @ROWAN, You could have stopped at "So the man a) likes his money b) is good at making money"

    He's worth like $4.6B. Bottom line is that if he threw away $200M on some LGBT hare brained scheme he'd still have $4.4B.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 10, 2011 1:25:02 PM

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