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NOM Posts Plan to Reverse Marriage Equality in New York

The National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown has announced NOM's plan to reverse marriage equality in New York.

Brown And here it is:

We're putting together a 4-year campaign strategy that will reverse same-sex marriage in New York. We'll have many more details, and ways for you to get involved, in the days ahead but the overall plan will have three phases:

PHASE 1:
Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

PHASE 2:
Protect pro-marriage candidates in the 2014 elections, so that the amendment can receive final legislative approval in the 2015 legislative session.

PHASE 3:
Successfully pass the ballot measure when it goes before voters in November 2015.

Laurel Ramseyer at Pam's House Blend makes note of how ridiculous the plan is:

Recall that the Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 80-63 and the Senate passed it by a vote of 33-29. To accomplish this mean-spirited plan, NOM would have to replace at least 18 pro-equality Assembly members and 3 pro-equality Senators (incumbents all) with anti-equality challengers, get a majority of both chambers to approve a proposed amendment, maintain the anti-equality majorities through another election, then get the majority of both chambers to vote anti-equality for a second time.

Then the question would go to the voters, who already overwhelmingly support marriage equality.

Good luck, bigots.

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  1. Excellent. What a wonderful way to keep them spending money and spinning their wheels on an issue that will fail for them.

    Posted by: jeo | Jun 29, 2011 10:23:44 AM


  2. If that closet case, Brian Brown, just accepted who he is he might actually be able to help people rather spread hatred.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jun 29, 2011 10:26:34 AM



  3. Hi Brian (yes, I am quite sure you are reading this). Based on the weight you have put on during your campaign-of-hate, you and Maggie won't see 2015 unless you are a vampire.

    Furthermore, you might want to come out of the closet before that date to free your blackened soul.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jun 29, 2011 10:26:52 AM


  4. They forgot two steps:

    Phase 4: ???
    Pahse 5: Profit!

    Posted by: Bravo | Jun 29, 2011 10:27:30 AM


  5. I agree with Pam's opinion except for the last part. If an amendment were to actually make it onto the ballot (it will not), it probably would win.

    Yes, while some opinion polls show majority support for marriage equality, that only holds true until organisations like NOM and AFA fill the airwaves with slanderous lies about how it means kindergartners must watch gay porn, and how teachers are pushing a gay agenda in schools. Suddenly everyone gets scared, and in the privacy of a voting booth, marriage amendments are approved by a majority of voters every time.

    Posted by: Mike C | Jun 29, 2011 10:31:41 AM


  6. I can't imagine the voters being so mean spirited to take away rights after 4 years? Really??? With all the problems in the world why are they so worried about marriage equality. I think it's actually just a campaign of distraction to keep people from thinking about their planned destruction of the middle class - which considering the union busting and making it harder for people to vote is going quite nicely. They believe gay bashing is the shiny object that the masses want to gaze at. Let's hope people wake up quickly.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 29, 2011 10:34:15 AM


  7. Wow. Why are all these people FAT??

    Posted by: Danny | Jun 29, 2011 10:35:05 AM


  8. Pro-marriage? What a joke!
    @Bravo, it is about making money.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 29, 2011 10:36:22 AM


  9. No one cares what these people say. The train has left the station.

    We're like the Ricardos's and the Merzt's; "California here we come, right back where we started from.."

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 29, 2011 10:36:45 AM


  10. Brian's main concern is his wallet. Even he must know that this is mission impossible.

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jun 29, 2011 10:37:44 AM


  11. Not to be offensive but has anybody ever seen anybody gayer looking and sounding that Brian Brown? This is NY people. Half of the Assembly members come from the city. 80% wouldn't vote for a Republican if the Democratic opponent was Jeffrey Daumer.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 29, 2011 10:37:44 AM


  12. They know the plan doesn't have a snowball's chance. The NOM idiots are just trying to keep their jobs and keep donations coming for a few more years -- while they look for real jobs.

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 29, 2011 10:41:07 AM


  13. Love Laurel's posts at Pam's House Blend, but Andy, in quoting Laurel about how ridiculous NOM's plan is, failed to note how ridiculous Laurel's arithmetic is:

    "Recall that the Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 80-63 and the Senate passed it by a vote of 33-29. To accomplish this mean-spirited plan, NOM would have to replace at least 18 pro-equality Assembly members..."

    No, NOM would have to replace 9, not 18, pro-gay assembly members with antis. (80-9=71; 63+9=72)

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Jun 29, 2011 10:42:50 AM


  14. Just to point out... they don't need to remove 18 pro-equality state assembly members. They only need to remove 9 - then it'd be 71-72.

    I still think that's unlikely considering even in Republican wave election in 2010 the Republicans couldn't capture the state assembly.

    Posted by: Nate | Jun 29, 2011 10:45:23 AM


  15. I read elsewhere that NOM's amendment would have to be passed by two-thirds of voting members in the Senate AND in the Assembly - not just a simple majority as was only required for last Friday night's vote. Then, with re-districting coming up, I also read that this will create new districts in the urban southern part of NY at the loss of same in the upstate area. That wouldn't seem to bode well for NOM's plan. Anyone know if these statements are true?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 29, 2011 10:53:33 AM


  16. I know it might seem ridiculous, but they've pulled off ridiculous before. It may seem impossible, but I still think we should do what we can to prevent them from gaining ANY ground against marriage equality.

    Posted by: Brant | Jun 29, 2011 10:54:17 AM


  17. 4 years is an eternity in politics. Besides, that would mean 4 years of old bigots dying off and 4 years of younger, more supportive voters coming of age.

    Focus on voter registration initiatives for the next 4 years of graduating high school seniors.

    Lord have mercy, that Brian Brown is a piece of work. Queen needs to quit holding her chin(s) up and forward like Mussolini. News flash, honey. You still look bloated.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 29, 2011 10:54:55 AM


  18. Isn''t NOM considered or identified as a hate group? (If not, why not?) As a designated hate group they should not be allowed on public airways and should be boycotted/picketed, including any company, organization, individual or politician that supports their activity/actions. Their continued attempts to deny the LGBT community equal rights causes a great amount of strife and fear. NOM should be disbanded.
    Am I asking for too much here? (LOL!)

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jun 29, 2011 10:56:10 AM


  19. I agree with the plans to elect and protect pro-marriage candidates! Protect marriage equality! ;)

    Posted by: Rick in Cincinnati | Jun 29, 2011 10:58:51 AM


  20. As others have pointed out, even Piggy Head himself knows this plan is absurd. The odds of NOM turning around marriage equality in NY are all but nil. This is completely about keeping themselves in the news and keeping the $$$$ rolling in to protect their own incomes. Their motives are laughably transparent to anyone with a brain, yet NOM supporters aren't known for their intelligence.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 29, 2011 11:03:22 AM


  21. Think of the growth marriage equality has made in the polls since 2007. It will only be worse for them in 2015 -- especially after New Yorkers witness gay married couples firsthand, see that nothing about their lives has changed (other than perhaps more money in their pockets).

    Again, good luck, NOM. I'm sure the greater NY voting populous that barely voted in a GOP majority will be jumping to vote the uber-conservatives you tout into office.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jun 29, 2011 11:04:14 AM


  22. I think they forgot to add the following:

    PHASE 1:
    Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

    If fail: Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2015 legislative session.
    else go to PHASE 2

    If fail: Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2017 legislative session.
    else go to PHASE 2

    If fail: Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2017 legislative session.
    else go to PHASE 2

    PHASE 2:
    Protect pro-marriage candidates in the 2014 elections, so that the amendment can receive final legislative approval in the 2015 legislative session.

    (insert if else loop here, with goto phase 1 if bigot majority is lost)

    PHASE 3:
    Successfully pass the ballot measure when it goes before voters in November 2015.

    (insert if else loop here as well)

    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/nom-posts-plan-to-reverse-marriage-equality-in-new-york.html#ixzz1Qg5DPHRk

    Posted by: Kim | Jun 29, 2011 11:08:12 AM


  23. In other words: "Keep sending us money folks!!!"

    Posted by: PeteP | Jun 29, 2011 11:09:15 AM


  24. I am always wary where the right-wing is concerned. Their bigotry and enmity against the LGBT people know no bounds and no season. Although we might scoff at their "4-year plan", all one needs to do is remember California and Maine. NOM's plan could very well be realized. What works in our favor is that in four years, New Yorkers will have become accustomed to marriage equality and the further visibility of married, gay couples. Once it is realized how economically and socially beneficial marriage equality is, New Yorkers will probably reject, and reject soundly, NOM's attempts to turn back progress and legalize institutional discrimination in New York State. So, let's see how this plays out. But, where NOM and its bigoted and well-funded allies are concerned, never, ever take them for granted.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 29, 2011 11:13:56 AM


  25. I have been following the development in New York State. Wasn't part of the success based on the pressure private businesses and corporations put on elected officials? Maybe more businesses need to stand up instead of leaving things to politicians.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jun 29, 2011 11:14:40 AM


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