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The two Mr. Browns: Out to tan marriage equality's hide

by Jeremy Hooper

It's not just SPLC "hate group" MassResistance that wants Scott Brown to defeat Martha Coakley. No, no -- the myopic marriage maligners at the National Organization for Marriage are also hellbent on getting a likeminded personality in Ted Kennedy's former seat.

This from NOM's latest e-blast:

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Why does Brian Brown want Scott Brown seated in the Senate? Well, because DOMA is bound to come up sooner than later, and he knows from experience that his namesake will be as much a voice of animus as Coakley would be a voice of support. Marriage inequality is the unprincipled fulcrum on which Brian Brown has leveraged his own career, and he knows that the weight of opposition will be lessened under a Scott Brown senatorship.

There is much riding on next Tuesday. Please care.

LGBT for Coakley [ActBlue]

**UPDATE: Sources inside Massachusetts tell us that NOM is robo-calling for Scott Brown, with the promise that a vote for the Republican is a vote against equality for gays and lesbians.

**UPDATE 1/17: More on the robocalls: National Organization for Marriage uses automated phone calls to stump for Scott Brown [MetroWeekly]

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Your thoughts

So we should support Coakley because DOMA will come up sooner or later? When do you think that will be? Certainly not this year. I doubt a DOMA repeal will come up before the end of Obama's first(probably only)term which is when this Senate seat will be up again anyway. I beleive we need to send the Democrats a message that they can't keep taking our money and votes for granted. If they lose in Massachusetts maybe they will get the message that progressives are angry about being lied to and ignored. It will only cost them one Senate seat now, in November it will cost then 6 to 10 seats.

Posted by: Ken | Jan 15, 2010 9:42:17 PM

Well first and foremost, Ken, I'm supporting Coakley on her own merits. I would never penalize her because I want to send some kind of message.

And beyond that: I am not going to embolden the TEA party, MassResistance, NOM, and the assorted groups who are pushing Brown with a ferocity. Yes, a Brown win could light some fires under (D) butts. It could also start a very dangerous narrative that leads us to a really bad place very quickly.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 15, 2010 10:43:06 PM

I think it also sets up a dangerous narrative to allow the Democrats to lie to us with no consequences. That being said, I do agree with your other points and I'd be torn on what to do if I were a Massachusetts voter. The fact that someone like me feels this way tells me Coakley is going to lose this race. I just hope that the media and the Democrats are smart enough to realize that this is happening because Obama has failed to keep his promises, not because there is some conservative revival in Massachusetts.

Posted by: Ken | Jan 16, 2010 3:22:25 PM

I'm struck by the irony of having a Scott Brown banner ad as well as sidebar ads plastered all over this page.

Posted by: pali | Jan 16, 2010 4:33:30 PM

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