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Hey NOM: When vendors back out, you should back off

by Jeremy Hooper

Both Tim Hortons coffee chain and Blount Fine Foods may have pulled out of this weekend's deceptively named “Celebrate Marriage and Family Day" (i.e. A Picture 4-245Day To Drum Up Anti-Equality Hostility under the Guise of 'Family Protection'), but the event sponsors at the National Organization For Marriage see no need to let you know it. Just today, NOM tweeted out a piece of event PR that still includes this line:

NOM - Rhode Island appreciates its many partners in making this event an on-going success. These partners include The Diocese of Providence, Blount Seafood, Tim Horton’s, Coastline Ambulance, SHINE 1220 Radio, as well as scores of volunteers from local businesses and faith communities.
Rhode Island’s First Annual Celebrate Marriage and Family Day! [NOM]

In fact, isn't it NOM's responsibility to correct the record? After all, they were the ones who duped these companies into sponsorship under a false pretense. They are the ones who have used these companies' names to lend credibility to their event. When these companies publicly pull out, why is it only the event's opposition that sees a need to correct the record?!

NOM needs to tell their followers that these companies pulled out. And in doing so, they will surely lead some intended attendees to question whether they too might have been duped by discriminatory "family" rhetoric.

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I've been dinging Plante with questions like "Why is this event being held on a diocesan property?" and now "What local businesses are supplying volunteers?"

The last so I can make sure I never do business with them. RI is such a small state that I more than likely know a few of those business owners.

Posted by: Tony P | Aug 13, 2009 5:15:04 PM

You're asking NOM to be responsible and honest? You really do have a sense of humor.

Posted by: Buffy | Aug 13, 2009 6:33:00 PM

Lying for jeebus is something new?

Posted by: Dale | Aug 13, 2009 7:50:30 PM

I would think that those vendors might have a cause of action against NOM. They probably won't pursue it, but if NOM doesn't cease and desist, the possibility exists for tangible harm to result. Of course, Gaggie doesn't care about lawsuits, she's personally insulated (and I'm not talking about her flabbiness this time) from any legal claims. It is also probably the last time that they will use the list of "sponsors", since the event is over the weekend.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 13, 2009 9:37:30 PM

Looks like they read your post. There's no mention of Tim Hortons or Blount on that post anymore.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Aug 14, 2009 11:59:19 AM

They`ve since deleted that misstatement from their website.

Posted by: s parker | Aug 14, 2009 1:02:51 PM

BTW, I went to that music group's blog and asked why they're supporting NOM. They deleted my comment and now moderation is turned on.


Posted by: Matt Algren | Aug 14, 2009 2:05:48 PM

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