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12/15/2009

Gee, Brian Brown's victim costume must've been pressed and ready to go

by Jeremy Hooper

The historic D.C. council vote is less than half an hour old, but the folks at NOM are already up to their ignoble, un-American games:

(WASHINGTON) - The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released the following statement today in response to the D.C. Council’s passage of a same-sex marriage bill:

"The people of D.C. have a right, guaranteed by the charter, which is D.C.'s constitution, to vote to protect marriage. Politicians on the city council are acting as if they have the right through legislation to deprive citizens of D.C. of their core civil right to vote, but we will not let them get away with it," said Brian Brown, Executive Director of NOM. "We have one message for David Catania and the rest of these politicians today: this fight is not over. We will go to Congress, we will go to the courts, we will fight for the people’s right to vote and we will win!"

NOM has led successful campaigns to protect marriage in states across the country, including victories in California in 2008 and most recently in Maine in November, 2009, as well as legislative battles to block gay marriage in New York (where gay marriage failed in the Senate by a lopsided vote of 38 no to 24 yes).

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE VOWS TO DC COUNCIL: We Will Overturn Your Same-Sex Marriage Bill [NOM]

Now, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has already explained why a tyrannical majority vote is not permissible under D.C. law. Twice, in fact. But when it comes to elections, NOM cares not about ethics. They only care about hurting the gay citizen, whatever the cost. So they position this simple civil rights matter as a "fight," and work as hard as they can to convince the public that they have a "right" to remove certain citizens' wedding rings via unfettered mob rule. Even in a district like D.C., where marriage equality holds popular opinion in most every poll.

In this era of TEA parties, birthers, and mindless impeachment calls, NOM's dishonorable referenda are par for the facepalming course. But that doesn't make them any less enraging.

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Your thoughts

Are they not working to abolish these ridiculous divorce rates? Perhaps they should pick a battle that doesn't actually deny someone their rights to marry whoever they'd like. How about preserving the sanctity of marriage by keeping so many a**hats from abusing by getting married and then divorcing in 3 weeks? Then maybe we can talk about having a Council for Marriage..idiots.

Posted by: Luna | Dec 15, 2009 3:30:35 PM

How dare the elected representatives of the city's voting public make a decision on behalf of those who elected them? Don't they know that we should all vote directly on every issue? This representative democracy business is just anti-American!

Posted by: Brian | Dec 15, 2009 9:29:13 PM

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