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11/06/2009

NOM-ma needs a new pair of 'shoo, get away gays!'

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM blew its wad in Maine. So Brian Brown's breaking out the theatrical money pleas, turning to self-aggrandization and attacks on the "bloated bureuacracy" of HRC to help fill their costly coffers:

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Yea, you wanna play the "bloated bureaucracy" game? Well then, let's talk about Focus on the Family, who has a budget or $138 million in 2009, yet only gave $115,266 to this fight. Now, personally we think that even one penny towards the anti-gay side is a hostile, unnecessary, un-Christian contribution. But brian doesn't. And if he's going to encourage HRC donors to "cream to high heaven" over the supposed lack of support from the mothership, then the only non-hypocritical extension of his logic would be for Brian to encourage FOF followers to march to the organization's Colorado Springs HQ with their pitchforks a'blazing!

But then again, this is Brian Brown we're talking about. He traded logic for faith-based misconstructions long ago.

**SEE ALSO: Our 14 part series on the mindsets and motivations that truly underlie NOM's missions [G-A-Y]

**Oh, and let's also talk about the ongoing ethics investigation into NOM's donor roll and why they're so desperate to hide it. That might be something that a NOM donor might be curious to know about before they hand over any more cash to the outfit. Sure, NOM will say that their reluctance is is in the interest of its donors and their protection. But we'll keep an eyebrow raised until we see what the investigation has to say.

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Your thoughts

HRC should be ashamed for not being more involved in the No on 1 campaign. More money should have been given by HRC to No on 1 and they should have sent more people there to help out with the campaign. And has HRC come out to criticize the Obama administration for not directly talking about Maine in his speech at HRC? Of course not.

Posted by: Douglas Gibson Jr | Nov 6, 2009 12:17:19 PM

Brian Brown. What a tool.

Posted by: John in MN | Nov 6, 2009 12:56:38 PM

I'm getting tired of these nut jobs always making our efforts sound futile. Honestly, it only makes me commit more to this fight. I've seen the polls. Our support is growing but its not in the majority yet. Plus, this was an off year election. I'd like to see how the other half of Maine feels about same sex marriage in 2012 when there is presidential election. Its hard work trying to convince people vote on a off-year election when there is no candidate. We all have busy lives.

Don't they realize that the legislature can always pass the bill again? And that the chance of the legislature would put a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage is never gonna happen in that state, thanks to their "live and let live" attitude.

I hope they enjoy their victory FOR NOW. This vote only shows how close we are to winning. We rework our strategy and reach out more in Maine. As long as that state has the option of a "People's Veto," reaching out is the only way we are going to win in that state.

BTW. I want to give a big shout out to Washington state. The way it looks, you guys on the Approve 71 are going to win and I'm glad that the electorate voted in favor of the expansion of the domestic partnerships law. It just shows that we are making progress in this country and we just need to keep pushing and reaching out.

Posted by: Sam | Nov 6, 2009 1:13:19 PM

Straight men don't spend so much time fretting about gays getting married.

Posted by: homer | Nov 6, 2009 2:58:56 PM

I always feel extremists such as these need to go find a job. They need to actually contribute to society instead of trying to stop society from evolving

Seriously, get a life. You cannot have mine.

Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Nov 6, 2009 3:12:49 PM

It's funny to see this email while they are patting themselves on the back for their "work" in Maine and praising Shubert/Flint for their "brilliance." In reality, it doesn't take much work and/or brilliance to simply ignite homophobia and demonize a small percentage of the population.

Posted by: remix | Nov 6, 2009 6:34:11 PM

It is gratifying to learn that their woefully wicked attacks against us are driving them into the poor house! The Maine Catholics will probably be declaring bankruptcy soon to avoid paying any more settlements in their kid fucking scandals, so maybe they won't be a problem the next time either.

I did a little research, and in Maine in 1998, a people's veto managed to veto the addition of sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination statute. A very similar act was approved by the legislature in 2005, and a people's veto qualified for the ballot, but was unsuccessful, and sexual orientation was added to the anti-discrimination statute. It was seven years later, but the voters of Maine did eventually do the right thing. Interestingly, more people voted in favor of the veto in 2005 than in 1998. But the huge groundswell of votes on the ratify side dwarfed the turnout of veto votes. In a presidential election year, the result of Question 1 might have been very different.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 6, 2009 6:58:30 PM

Make me glad I live in RI where you only have to convince 72 legislators to make progress and we the people have no recourse.

If only we could get the marriage equality bill passed.

Posted by: Tony P | Nov 6, 2009 7:37:09 PM

I hope the Maine Ethics Commission sees this latest plea from Brian. His reference to an $8 million dollar projected budget is obviously hogwash if spending $1.8 million somehow depleted NOM's coffers. Not to mention that Brian previously swore to the commission that NOM's 2009 projected budget was $7 million, not $8 million.

It's November, Brian. Either you've raised the bulk of that $7 or $8 million by now, or you haven't. And if you haven't, that would mean that your Maine expenditures represented a substantial portion of your crew's activities this year. The implications of that are clear under Maine law.

Posted by: LdChino | Nov 6, 2009 11:43:48 PM

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