NOM Pledges $500,000 to Defeat Pro-Equality GOP Lawmakers in Minnesota

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said it would use a $500,000 war chest against any GOP lawmaker supporting marriage equality in Minnesota and spend in support of any Democrat who votes to protect "traditional marriage", according to its blog:

NomlogoNOM's Minnesota state political fund was the largest contributor to the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment (giving over $2.2 million) and has helped defeat virtually every Republican who has supported gay marriage, including three Republican state Senators in New York in 2012…

"We urge Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature to vote their values, and not what their party bosses tell them," Brown said. "Standing for true marriage is the right thing to do for Minnesota families, and especially for children. The fact is that Minnesota children, and all children, have a right to expect laws that promote them being raised by a mother and father. We will support those legislators, Democrats and Republicans alike, who vote for Minnesota family values, just as we have done in other states. Marriage is not a partisan issue, and NOM does not hesitate to oppose weak Republicans and support strong Democrats."

PetersenLast week, Minnesota GOP state senator Branden Petersen said he would co-sponsor a marriage equality bill set to be introduced by Senator Scott Dibble.

Said Petersen: β€œAt this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing. I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.”

Writes NOM:

…"Republicans like Branden Petersen don't realize that not only is
voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a
career-ending vote for a Republican," said Brian Brown. "NOM will do
everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of
same-sex marriage. Legislators need look no further than what happened
to GOP Senators in New York. Four of them were responsible for passing
gay marriage. We helped take out three of those Senators by repeatedly
informing their constituents of their betrayal on marriage. They are now
out of office. We will not hesitate to do the same thing in Minnesota."

UPDATE: Petersen says he won't be swayed by NOM.

"Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to bought either way. I'm going to do what's right," Petersen said. "If they want to throw away $500,000 then that's their decision."


  1. Mykelb says

    Poor Brian Brown. He’s lost the last 6 fights he’s entered and I predict he will continue losing because the only thing left in his arsenal is “I’m against gay marriage because I’m a religitard bigot.”

  2. deppy says

    Posted over on NOMBlog:

    Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    For every $1 that you spend against any pro-equality GOP lawmakers, I will raise $2 (or more) for that same lawmaker. Luckily we’ve got the power of the internet on our side and we’ll easily outspend you.

  3. KT says

    Out of the three NY senators Brown is referring to, one decided to retire and not seek re-election before the SSM vote. One was defeated by a pro-equality Democrat. And the third was defeated in the primaries by a Tea Party candidate, who then went on to lose to a pro-equality Democrat. Real great track record Brian.

  4. David in Houston says

    My comment DID get posted on their blog. Neat!

    You aren’t promoting legislation that bans divorce, or prevents straight parents from giving their biological children up for adoption, or removes children from straight single-parent homes. Your agenda is clearly anti-gay and not pro-child. Children that ARE being raised by same-sex couples deserve the legal benefits and protections that only secular civil marriage can provide.

  5. Stefan says

    Gee, imagine how much good this money could have done for the kind of social justice works that your Lord and Savior spent his whole life promoting.

  6. Stefan says

    @KT–Thanks for the info. Hopefully no one is actually scared by NOM or that embarrassingly small amount of money.

  7. vwdavy says

    the politics of fear, and misinformation, do not work well, here in minnesota. have brian check in with norm coleman and the rat bastard bishop nienstadt. they should be ferreting away that money for their future defense funds, in my opinion. those who scream the loudest usually have the most to hide. those two queens definitely have issues.

  8. KT says

    @Stefan- hopefully if any GOP reps in Minnesota actually believe NOM, someone in their office will be capable of doing a simple Google search to find the truth. NOM is on its last breaths – the coming votes in France, the UK, Uruaguay, IL and hopefully DE will continue to chip away at its armour. (RI and MN are most riskly but still possible).

  9. gregorybrown says

    Wouldn’t it be great and astonishing if NOM and similar rackets spent their money strengthening hetero marriages and families?
    The rate of divorce and incidence of in-family abuse are horrible and deserve greater investment in research and programs aimed at reduction. The folks who are so focused on attacking gays and anything related to gay lives are absolutely NOT interested in their cover stories. They are hypocrite, exploiters and goniffs.

  10. jjose712 says

    The republican party has a big big problem with the ultraconservative trolls, because they are defeating all moderate candidates, and only moderate candidates have a chance agains democrats

  11. simon says

    His claim is really unverifiable. Did he really spent that money or just put it in his own pocket?
    It just happened they lost.

  12. GLAW2014 says

    NOM has it wrong…it is not the Republicans stance on PRO-LGBT issues that causes them to lose primaries/elections. It is the fact that they are Republican. :-)

  13. Diogenes Arktos says

    @KT: Wasn’t it also a pyrrhic victory in that they lost control of the senate in the process?

    @JJose712: You know the Republicans are in sad shape when Rove has a new PAC to try to elect moderate (?) candidates and defeat the ultraconservatives.

  14. matt says

    GOP politicians who cave to NOM out of fear “may” help themselves in their next GOP primary, but even that is questionable now. But they will hurt themselves over the long haul. Anti-equality votes are not a good thing to look back on in your political resume ten years from now. I wouldn’t want that on the record.

  15. AMaezm says

    We urge Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature to vote their values, and not what their party bosses tell them,” Brown said. “Standing for true marriage is the right thing to do for Minnesota families, and especially for children.

    Minnesota already stood up for what they believe when we voted the gay-marriage ban DOWN by huge margins…

  16. AMaezm says

    We urge Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature to vote their values, and not what their party bosses tell them,” Brown said. “Standing for true marriage is the right thing to do for Minnesota families, and especially for children.

    Minnesota already stood up for what they believe when we voted the gay-marriage ban DOWN by huge margins…

  17. Firestorm says

    $500,000? B*tch, please. That won’t even buy you a congressional intern, much less a senator.

  18. says

    I really wish someone would back one of these “children’s rights” morons into a corner — pubicly — and force them to explain exactly what children being raised by a mother and father has to do with same-sex marriage.

  19. andrew says

    NOM is a paper tiger. Bring it on bigots. You will be remembered like the racists/segregationists George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, John Stennis et al as bigots who tried to stop the progress of the march toward human equality.

  20. NM says

    Andrew: Don’t flatter yourself. You don’t know how anything will be remembered. I’m all for human equality, but does that include marriage? The children of same sex marriages have to live their “parents” selfishness. Get the gay out of our faces. It’s too flawed to be validated. America won’t let it be.

  21. LCR Jay says

    LOL@people acting as though 500k is lite/budgeted figure; it’s actually a pretty hefty sum for a single organization to donate to a political cause. Don’t worry, the Catholic and Mormon churches will be writing checks for the cause too.

  22. jamal49 says

    $500,000? That would buy a lot of needy kids clothing or stock some food banks or pay for mentoring programs for middle- to high-school students or help feed starving children in Sudan or build housing in Haiti or…. never mind. Denying gay men and women the civil right to marry the person they love and find some peace and contentment in this world is much more important.

  23. Jake says

    All that’s missing are the violins. Preventing two people of the same sex to marry is huge. God luck with the love, peace and contentment thing. Reality calling….

  24. Thomas says

    What are you so threatened by what other people are doing that does not hurt you? I’m a Minnesota Republican, I say true GOP should be against Government creating more laws & regulating our personal lives. The GOP will continue to lose elections with its extremist members driving policy. Lets get back to concerning ourselves with jobs & the economy.