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06/21/2013

NOM = NO Moderates: Anti-gay org vows to oust another pro-equality Republican

by Jeremy Hooper

No one knows if Sen. Lisa Murkowski will even run again in 2016. But if she does, the National Organization For Marriage is ready to publicly shame the Alaska Republican for standing with the growing number of Americans who support civil marriage equality:

6A00D8341C503453Ef017Ee73Fdcfb970D "Senator Murkowski has sealed her political fate. Alaskans voted by an overwhelming majority (68%-32%) to protect marriage in their Constitution when given the opportunity, and an even stronger majority of Republicans in Alaska supported that move; thus, her betrayal of marriage is tantamount to political suicide."
..."This is what happens when politicians abandon their grassroots and their party and get cozy with far-left Washington, D.C. lobbyists. Senator Murkowski won a narrow write-in victory in 2010 but has erased her chances of being elected to another term through this act of political gamesmanship."
..."Furthermore, it is clear Senator Murkowski has fallen for the lies of same-sex 'marriage' activists. Religious freedom is deeply threatened wherever marriage is redefined, with the majority of states that have redefined marriage offering little more than fig leaf religious freedom protections to institutions and individuals who believe in marriage as the unique union of one man and one woman. NOM will be active in educating Alaskan voters about Senator Murkowski's choice to betray marriage and disrespect the convictions of a majority of her constituents.
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—NOM president Brian Brown

Yawn.

More Americans are siding with marriage equality every single day. The rate of increase has been rapid, steady, and clear. By 2016, who knows where the polling will be?

And you don't have to get cozy with "far-left" lobbyists to support marriage equality. Perhaps Senator Murkowski has simply gotten to know some of the same-sex couples who reside in D.C., where marriage equality is legal. NOM loves to act like political game players have to buy support for our families, but the truth is that our everyday stories are infinitely more powerful than even the most powerful K Street firm.

Oh, and the "religious freedom is deeply threatened" thing? Well, NOM can continue to pull these lies out of their organizational fanny, if that is something they feel comfortable with doing. It won't make it true. We now have twelve states where same-sex couples are marrying every day, and virtually no heterosexual resident of any of those states is rising up to share of his or her woeful tales of denied religious freedom. Virtually all of the isolated incidents NOM cites are either twisted tales that leave out crucial details, complex situations that NOM reduces for the sake of political opportunism, ideologically-motivated scenarios carried out by folks with clear political agenda, or just plain ol' B.S. For the overwhelming majority in every state where marriage equality is a reality, peaceful coexistence is the easy order of the day.

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