Anti-LGBT rights group launches campaign to repeal New York marriage equality

By David Edwards
Monday, July 11, 2011 10:15 EDT
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An anti-gay rights group is furious at New York Republican lawmakers for helping to legalize same sex marriage in the state.

A fundraising letter from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that the group plans multiple rallies in New York to begin a campaign to repeal marriage equality, which was signed into law by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 24.

The group also launched an attack on Republicans who helped pass the law, saying that they “sold out the party’s base, the party’s principles, and the timeless institution of marriage.”

“The fight to take back New York begins,” NOM president Brian Brown declared. “Now it gets serious. Now, it’s also a fight to take back the Republican Party from the forces who wish to abandon marriage: the so-called new ‘pro-equality Republicans.’”

“[H]ere’s the most exciting news: a huge multi-city series of rallies and protest marches taking place across the state of New York to win a vote to protect marriage in New York’s constitution!”

On July 24, the group hopes that thousands will join their rallies in Albany, Manhattan and Rochester.

NOM hopes to raise $2 million to support their effort. In fact, Brown asks for donations at least five times in his fundraising letter.

“Fight back against the GOP betrayal by donating $5, $10 or $99 to our NOM NY PAC now,” he wrote.

While the organization obviously plans to use those funds to influence marriage equality, they are outraged with former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman for doing the same.

Mehlman “boasted about how he used money to sway Republicans to vote for gay marriage,” Brown complained. “These powerful megamillionaires want to deface the Bible by ripping Genesis out of it, and then to remake an America without a strong foundation of Judeo-Christian values. What kind of conservative movement would we have left if we let that happen?”

New York begins issuing marriage certificates to same sex couples on July 23.

“I really question NOM’s intelligence here,” Pam’s House Blend’s Alvin McEwen wrote. “Once people get a taste of ambrosia, they don’t go back to scraps so easily.”

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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