Brian Brown and the folks at the National Organization for Marriage are wetting themselves in excitement over the Republican field of candidates. After all, they have Michele Bachmann signing their pledge and spewing all sorts of nonsense when it comes to same-sex marriage. They have Rick Santorum, whom they are describing as the “hero of the movement”. They are pointing out that Mitt Romney has never backed same-sex marriage. In fact, they are so happy to call 2012 the “Year of Marriage”, which looks to be about as successful as the “Summer of Marriage” tour was.
After all, they are pointing out that Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer, is defending traditional marriage by proposing a dead-end Federal Marriage Amendment, and dealing with the US Supreme Court via unconstitutional means. That is right, NOM is defending a man who has done more harm to marriage than any lesbian or gay who has entered into that institution.
Ron Paul is the only one of the candidates who wants to ditch the government’s involvement in the whole marriage business. This pretty much makes him unelectable among the majority of Republicans.
Brown, still, wrote that:
Marriage is going to be a bigger factor in this campaign than in 2008 because the differences between the candidates are more clear, the starkness of the choice facing us more evident:
If President Obama is reelected then gay marriage is likely to be imposed on all 50 states by the Supreme Court. If he gets one more Supreme Court appointment then our generation’s Roe v. Wade will become a reality.
Just last night the Ninth Circuit considered oral arguments in the Prop 8 case, Perry V. Schwarzenneger. Our own Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the Ruth institute, was in the courtroom.
While there are two states where marriage bigotry is being put on the ballot- in North Carolina and Minnesota- the vast majority of Americans are more worried about jobs right now and could care less about the whole marriage issue. In fact, focusing upon marriage is a good way to not make any traction in the campaign- as Rick Santorum. So far, he has not budged from being a fourth tier candidate despite delusions that he is somehow going to suddenly rise up like the specter of bad chili. What is more, Santorum’s dedication to home, family and marriage has begun to hit the spotlight as it becomes more common knowledge that he has largely been campaigning while having a terminally ill daughter at home.
That is right, NOM is supporting someone who sees his largely dead political career as more important than his own daughter. So much for family values.
Of course, the rest of the crappy news letter that NOM put out includes claims that Maryland is doomed because it has to go to the ballot box- which is not necessarily the case, but we have to wait until after Minnesota to see. If Minnesotans defeat their bill, then it could be the beginning of the end for NOM.
Also in the letter, Brown touts the fact that the economic benefits of marriage equality have not materialized in Washington DC. He…and the Washington Blade for some reason…tout this as being because of overstatements in the estimates without catching that the US is in a recession and that means people are either not getting married or are not spending a lot on marriage. However, there has been a noticeable shift in the number of people living in DC. Recent numbers have shown that large numbers of lesbians and gays are moving to DC in order to have small weddings and have them recognized. In other words, the money is there, it just is not direct.
Meanwhile, here in Vermont, our economic situation is good, and more than just stable. So, yeah, just because DC (who wants to get married in DC?) is having a problem does not mean that it is universal.
Oh, and you may want to check the public coffers to…
All in all, the whole thing is just the usual NOM propaganda at a time when the United States is growing more and more accepting of same-sex marriage.