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06/22/2011

NOM hubris gone wild: Org's Thomas Peters claims NY marriage win

by Jeremy Hooper

This is the counting-unhatched-chickens headline that the National Organization For Marriage's Cultural Director, Thomas Peters, is running over on National Review Online, topping a piece wherein he claims his crew has already "defeated one of Governor Cuomo’s top priorities":

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"A coalition of conservatives, people of faith, and one courageous football player defeated
one of Governor Cuomo’s top priorities, Mayor Bloomberg’s deep pockets, and about every
PSA-taping celebrity in the Empire State who owns a webcam. For gay-marriage supporters,
it’s going to feel like a very long summer.
"

Gay Marriage Defeated [NRO]
(H/t:Jamie McGonnigal)

Go ahead, T.P.: Get cocky. While you're prematurely toasting a supposed victory, the rest of us will keep fighting for an actual, very sweet win.

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*UPDATE: They've now yanked the piece. So for posterity's sake, it read:

Gay Marriage Defeated

June 22, 2011 5:54 A.M.
By Thomas Peters
Proponents of gay marriage really needed a win in New York, having already lost this year in Maryland and Rhode Island — two deep blue states where Democrats hold the majority. In New York, as in the two most recent states gay marriage has failed, we were told well in advance that it was a “done deal.” Once again, that prediction was proven wrong as the NY Conservative Party, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom, and the churches — particularly the Catholic Church under Archbishop Dolan and the black churches — became fully engaged.

Next, in a stroke of remarkable good luck (some would prefer the term “providence”), NFL star David Tyree has effectively launched a one-celebrity (so far) movement for protecting marriage. Many of you probably saw David Tyree’s game-winning football-crushed-to-helmet catch in Super Bowl 42. Today might turn out to be his most effective Hail Mary completion to date. Last Friday, Tyree taped an exclusive interview with National Organization for Marriage (where I work), which spread like wildfire over the weekend, often on media outlets that believed they were putting his “bigotry” on display for a wider audience. I call it free air time.

A coalition of conservatives, people of faith, and one courageous football player defeated one of Governor Cuomo’s top priorities, Mayor Bloomberg’s deep pockets, and about every PSA-taping celebrity in the Empire State who owns a webcam. For gay-marriage supporters, it’s going to feel like a very long summer.

— Thomas Peters is the Cultural Director at the National Organization for Marriage.

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*UPDATE2: The piece has been edited and reposted, with no mention of the earlier one (which was up for hours)

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