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07/10/2013

Not as 'telling' as you think, NOM Comm. Director

by Jeremy Hooper

His new line:

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We think it’s very telling gay marriage advocates are using the courts so heavily,” …“They only support the voice of the people when they think it go their way.

National Org. For Marriage's Communications Director Thomas Peters

First off: Maine, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota, Delaware, Rhode Island. In the past eight months, all six of those states have fought for and won marriage equality. None of them were court battles.

But that out of the way, let me be the first to tell Thomas: YES, we do in fact like the courts! Why? Because courts are the venues where spin, press releases, talking points, flawed research, and popularity contests meet a much higher level of scrutiny. In a court, an organization like NOM can't just pull things from its behind and have everyone accept those arse-derived bullet points as fact. Courts demand better, which is why we do so well in the courts and why the Prop 8 proponents presented an astonishingly terrible case several times over. It's also why the far-right has been on a decades-long war against the judiciary, starting and maintaining the anti-intellectual "activist judges" meme.

So while Thomas seems to think he's found us out or something, the truth does not line up with his talking point. We've never hid the fact that we actually do value the judiciary, but we also have not spent the past year relying solely on it. We're winning in every venue and at every branch [reminder: a majority of U.S. Senators (i.e. Legislative branch) and our President (i.e. Executive branch) also support marriage equality].

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**Moments after my post, Thomas tweeted this:

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Um, how ya figure there, bud? We outspent your side because more people felt compelled to give to our side. That alone speaks volumes about where we are, where we're headed, and the trend lines surrounding public support.

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