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NOM Pledges $250K to Defeat Any Illinois Republican Who Votes to Approve Marriage Equality

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today pledged to take action against Republicans who vote for marriage equality in Illinois.

NOM-logoFrom the group's blog:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today pledged to form an Illinois state PAC and spend $250,000 defeating Republican legislators who vote in support of same-sex 'marriage' in Illinois, just like the group successfully did in New York. The group also called on state Republican Chairman Pat Brady to resign or be removed from office for violating the national GOP platform and urging state Republicans to redefine marriage.

"Any Republican in Illinois who betrays the cause of marriage will be casting a career-ending vote and will be held accountable to their constituents," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "We will spend whatever it takes — hundreds of thousands of dollars if necessary — to remove them from office, just as we did three of the four turncoat Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for gay 'marriage' passing there. We will not hesitate to support pro-family Democrats to replace them, as our record in New York proves."

BradyNOM has also demanded the resignation of Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady, who has been making calls in support of marriage equality to Republican lawmakers.

NOM:

NOM also demanded that state GOP Chairman Pat Brady resign his position, or be removed by Republican delegates as Brady called on GOP legislators to redefine marriage. Brady's position violates the strong pro-marriage plank of the Republican National Committee Platform, and is contrary to the position of every major GOP candidate for president in 2012.

"Pat Brady is unfit to continue as Chair of the state Republican Party and should immediately resign or be removed from office," Brown said. "We urge all donors to cease supporting the Republican Party in Illinois until Brady is removed from his position. His betrayal of Republican principles is unforgiveable and violates the trust of Illinois Republicans. Moreover, it will directly lead to the defeat of any GOP officeholder who follows his lead, as the experience in New York showed."

As I mentioned earlier, a vote may be imminent. Watch it LIVE HERE.

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  1. Only $250,000? Boy, they must be broke.

    I remember NOM pushing a two million dollar pledge to defeat the New York republicans who voted for marriage equality and we all saw how "successful" they were in the last election.

    On another note, NOM's goal to defeat pro-equality Republicans reminds me of these Tea Party's purity pledge. If the Tea Party had a choice of having a Republican majority that weren't entirely in lock step with their conservative principles, or a Republican minority that were in lockstep, they would take the latter.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 3, 2013 12:40:01 PM


  2. wait...didn't NOM uh ...LITERALLY complain when this type of thing was done against them, and the politicians who oppose Equality?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 3, 2013 12:42:09 PM


  3. I called Brady's office (217-525-0011) and thanked him for his support.

    Posted by: drew | Jan 3, 2013 12:50:21 PM


  4. "We will spend whatever it takes [...] to remove them from office, just as we did three of the four turncoat Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for [...] marriage [equality] passing there."

    Good to see that NOM is finally admitting that it was responsible for the election of three pro-equality Democrats in New York!

    Posted by: Steven H | Jan 3, 2013 12:54:27 PM


  5. "We will spend whatever it takes [...] to remove them from office, just as we did three of the four turncoat Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for [...] marriage [equality] passing there."

    Good to see that NOM is finally admitting that it was responsible for the election of three pro-equality Democrats in New York!

    Posted by: Steven H | Jan 3, 2013 12:54:28 PM


  6. ..."is contrary to the position of every major GOP candidate for president in 2012."

    They mean every candidate that dropped out or lost due to popular opinion.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 3, 2013 1:01:26 PM


  7. So long as Obama is POTUS, the Tea Party is quite successful in moving legislation it likes while in the "minority".

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jan 3, 2013 1:30:55 PM


  8. @Steven H: NOM doesn't care if they end up replacing a few pro-equality Republicans with pro-equality Democrats: the idea is to intimidate Republicans in general. It's like having a gun with one bullet in it while being surrounded by 8 people. The threat is effective if the full group is not willing to take a 1/8 chance per individual of being shot.

    NOM is hoping that the effort of raising an extra $250,000 to counter them will make voting for marriage equality not worth the effort for Republicans who are in favor of marriage equality but who don't consider it an important issue.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 3, 2013 1:46:50 PM


  9. Please NOM, spend your money replacing moderate republicans with far-right crazies. It makes it so much easier for Dems to beat them in the general elections and continue the slide of the GOP into fringe minority status. NOM you are the gift that keeps on giving.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jan 3, 2013 2:07:34 PM


  10. Well, then, bring it on NOM! Your days are numbered anyway. Marriage equality will prevail and you will be relegated to the trash bin of lost, bigoted causes.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 3, 2013 2:35:16 PM


  11. NOM (Nipples on Men) never really made any sense...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 3, 2013 2:53:50 PM


  12. Shouldn't we have a PAC to counter this kind of nonsense? It seems as though rich gays could band together to say, bring it on, NOM, we'll match whatever you say you're going to put behind anti-equality efforts and support pro-equality candidates with a matching sum, Republican or Democrat.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jan 3, 2013 3:04:21 PM


  13. Wow, funds must really be drying up. They used to pledge ONE MILLION dollars to the opponent of any Republican who stepped out of line.

    This is GOOD news!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 3, 2013 3:11:04 PM


  14. Thee seems to be more than a hint of desperation in NOM's threat.

    Posted by: Howard | Jan 3, 2013 3:14:15 PM


  15. I'm afraid NOM may be around longer than we think. As marriage equality advances in state after state, NOM is likely to switch its focus to be "the National Organization for Traditionalist Marriage." It will claim that it realizes it was ineffective in preventing marriage equality from becoming accepted nationally, but that it still needs to protect the rights of people who want nothing to do with other people's gay marriages. In other words, it wants to make sure that traditionalists are not forced to pay for, attend, serve at, or otherwise condone marriages they find morally objectionable. Look for them to cast gays and their allies as bullies who can't just win and leave the arena but insist on staying and "forcing" everyone to "accept" the changing morality. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I know social conservatives, and this is what will happen.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 3, 2013 8:23:48 PM


  16. It's comments like that that make people know what is right and wrong. If NOM says something, people know it's the wrong thing to do.

    Posted by: Garst | Jan 3, 2013 10:04:17 PM


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