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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: “At 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."

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  1. Maggie Gallagher should squat over a storm drain and pee

    Posted by: oliver | Feb 26, 2013 11:09:49 AM

  2. $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.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 26, 2013 11:39:48 AM

  3. 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....

    Posted by: Jake | Feb 26, 2013 3:49:13 PM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Thomas | Feb 27, 2013 8:22:14 PM

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