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Reuters: Gay Marriage Foes Deep in Debt, Struggling to Meet Supreme Court Costs

ProtectMarriage.com, the group defending Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court, is deep in debt and struggling to raise funds to fight that case, not to mention its past debts, Reuters reports:

CooperThe 2012 accounts are not yet available. ProtectMarriage.com says it has since covered the 2011 shortfall. However, it is still $700,000 short in fundraising for its Supreme Court costs, according to a ProtectMarriage.com attorney, Andrew Pugno. That message has gone out to donors, with some urgency, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in March in its first thorough review of same-sex marriage.

"Unless the pace of donations starts to pick up right away, we could soon be forced over a financial cliff," ProtectMarriage.com said in an email to donors earlier this month.

ProtectMarriage.com's lead outside counsel, Charles Cooper, has not stopped work on the Supreme Court case, although he declined to comment on financial arrangements with clients.

Meanwhile, while they are being "vastly outspent" in races around the nation, Pugno tells Reuters that he does not believe that changing attitudes are behind the group's inability to raise funds.

"I don't detect a decrease in enthusiasm. What I detect is a certain degree of fatigue after having to essentially fight this issue non-stop since 2004, when the mayor in San Francisco started issuing marriage licenses."

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  1. We're here. We're queer. Get used to it. FULL EQUALITY NOW!

    Posted by: Mykelb | Jan 29, 2013 6:10:28 PM


  2. cry me a river and fall off your cliff....this is music is to my ears....yeah!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 29, 2013 6:11:23 PM



  3. Lost cause.

    Posted by: Trev | Jan 29, 2013 6:18:35 PM


  4. No -- it couldn't possibly be that protectmarriage is short on funds because their cause is unpopular and wrong; it must be some other nefarious reason, like, those LGBT folks who control all the money and the economy and are out to get good moral folks like them. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jan 29, 2013 6:18:58 PM


  5. Har! Har! Har! Now Scalia needs the choke on a ham. The whole ham.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 29, 2013 6:19:41 PM


  6. too bad they didn't spend any of that money to help the families struggling through an economic downturn, eh?

    people who are hungry. people who have no warm place to sleep at night, if any place at all.

    nope. let's raise funds to stop gays from marrying. congrats. money well wasted.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 6:20:18 PM


  7. "Whose sorry now? Whose sorry now..."

    Posted by: GulliverUK | Jan 29, 2013 6:22:32 PM


  8. Boo. Fu*king. Hoo!!! They're reaping exactly what they have sewn since 2004.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 29, 2013 6:23:15 PM


  9. Let them go over the cliff and fall...HARD!!!

    -Rob

    Posted by: ROBfromVA | Jan 29, 2013 6:28:36 PM


  10. "Unless the pace of donations starts to pick up right away, we could soon be forced over a financial cliff..."

    This MADE MY DAY!

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 29, 2013 6:29:06 PM


  11. "Fatigue"? Fatigue comes when you're wrong and don't have the conviction of your beliefs. People get tired of the lies, the bullying, and the basic unfairness of hatred's cause. As the USSR goes (which also fell apart because the West outspent them), so goes ProtectMarriage.com; twin sisters of different monsters.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 29, 2013 6:32:50 PM


  12. Umm… no.

    It's not that you don't detect a decrease in enthusiasm. You don't detect a decrease in bigotry. There's a big drop in enthusiasm. There's a difference. Your cash cow won't last forever.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jan 29, 2013 6:33:13 PM


  13. I read an article a few years ago that said once same sex marriage reaches majority support (and gay rights in general), the dominoes would start to fall. And we're seeing that today.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 29, 2013 6:44:01 PM


  14. "I don't detect a decrease in enthusiasm."

    When the money stops coming in that is usually a sign of decrease in enthusiasm. But Andy Repugnant is to stupid and uneducated to understand that. A rock a smarter than he is.

    Posted by: RMc | Jan 29, 2013 6:55:08 PM


  15. You'd think that a God who is capable of creating entire universes with just a spoken word would have no trouble generating a little cash to fighting an issue he (apparently) so desperately hates.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jan 29, 2013 6:56:09 PM


  16. A big problem for them is that they have always relied on a relatively small donor base. Most of their donations are big chunks from a few people.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 29, 2013 7:01:45 PM


  17. Our side has been fighting back since 2004. We're definitely not fatigued.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 29, 2013 7:02:41 PM


  18. Sell your houses, sell your cars, and go into debt. Do it to save marriage! Living in a cardboard box under a bridge will totally be worth it if it keeps us evil homos from marrying!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 29, 2013 7:12:10 PM


  19. Trying to add kinky same sex to traditional family values would have to be expensive.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 29, 2013 7:12:17 PM


  20. If you want to live in a cardboard box over marriage be my guest. You'll just be trading one box for another.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 29, 2013 7:16:19 PM


  21. Hey bigots -- we haven't even BEGUN. We will throw our lives, our souls, our energy and our MONEY at this until you all are relegated to the dustbin of history.

    OH and p.s. we have a few gay billionaires on our side, so the money is NOT a problem and it will not stop. Have fun fighting us bitches, we're gonna leave you tired, impotent and defeated.

    Posted by: Gestly | Jan 29, 2013 7:21:35 PM


  22. Maybe NOM could sub them a few hundred thousand.

    I sense another Youtube bunker parody coming - "Wo ist die neunte Armee?"

    Posted by: Craig Nelson | Jan 29, 2013 7:26:54 PM


  23. You're right out of central casting Gestly. No re-write required on your character. Maybe too cliche though. He'll wind up divorced. Hope he marries one of those billionaires.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 29, 2013 7:43:22 PM


  24. The Mormons are surprisingly quiet about all this. I'm surprised there hasn't been a surge in donations as a result of a call from their 'prophet'. Maybe they were stung a bit hard in the original prop 8 fight and are now shy..

    Posted by: Burt | Jan 29, 2013 7:54:02 PM


  25. @Burt - The Mormons have seen the debacle of Prop 8 for what it was, the worst kind of PR for their church. You're correct, they're shy.

    Posted by: Sammy | Jan 29, 2013 8:03:41 PM


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