Oh Brian Brown. . .how it must irritate and irk you that the battle to overturn same-sex marriage in New Hampshire failed. Of course, the National Organization for Marriage has launched an advertising campaign to try and oust the Republicans who voted this year to kill the repeal of the state’s marriage equality law.
To give you some idea, 211 Representatives voted against the repeal, and that there are only 103 Democrats in that chamber. That means that there are a lot of Republicans who voted against it. NOM’s ad lists 87 names, but it should be noted that this is at least 21 names short of the full run.
According to Brian Brown “Dozens of House Republicans in New Hampshire betrayed the cause of marriage, betrayed the GOP party platform in support of traditional marriage, and stood in opposition to every major Republican candidate for president. It’s time for them to be held accountable for their vote.”
The ad accuses the Republicans who voted for equality of siding with “Democrats from New York”, which would be a horrible thing if you happened to live in Brunswick, Georgia, but this is New England, and resentment of New Yorkers is hardly there. The ad also states “Worse, some of them mocked the very institution of marriage that God himself authored.”
NOM is busy saying that they want to create a “pro-marriage legislative majority” in New Hampshire by funding “pro-marriage” candidates.
This ad shows just how ignorant NOM is of why they ultimately lost in New Hampshire. Four out of the top five least religious states in the Union are in New England. New Hampshire is the second least religious state in the US, just behind Vermont, and ahead of Maine and Massachusetts. Most New Hampshire Republicans are libertarians rather than religious conservatives. This makes it difficult for NOM to make headway. What is more, the conditions that made it possible for the Republicans to win a veto-proof majority in 2010 are not there this time.