Gay marriage foes are criticizing the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in the wake of passage of a marriage bill in Rhode Island.

The measure cleared the Senate on Wednesday with the help of all 5 of its Republican members.

Rhode Island is one of the few states where NOM has set up a permanent chapter, which is headed by Chris Plante.

Massachusetts-based MassResistance said NOM was “clueless and ineffective” in lobbying against passage of the bill.

“NOM seemed to view Rhode Island as an afterthought. When their representative there, Chris Plante, was unfortunately sidelined with medical issues during much of the last several months, NOM didn’t bother to send help. As a result, NOM did no serious organizing or strategic planning. Meetings with activists would be set up, then go unattended,” the group wrote.

“Instead, NOM acted as the 'official' pro-family voice before the Rhode Island media, doing many interviews, etc. And they funded some media advertisements, robo-calls, and email blasts. When public hearings came up, they helped line up quality speakers, but had no NOM representative testify.”

'However, neither NOM nor anyone else offered any counter to the constant yet absurd refrain that so-called 'marriage equality' was a 'civil right,' a matter of 'equality,' or part of the march of history. As a result, the homosexual activists were given a complete free pass on all that nonsense.”

“But most annoying was NOM’s insistence on a watered-down 'moderate' pro-family message. They supported homosexual civil unions as an alternative to gay marriage. They seemed to go to great lengths not to be 'anti-gay' even though homosexuality is the basis of this whole thing. And they curiously supported the proposed bill for a state-wide vote on 'gay marriage' as an alternative to this bill. Ultimately, when you have these positions, it’s hard to justify any absolute opposition to 'gay marriage' itself.”

With few Senate members on record publicly supporting the measure and Democratic leaders in the chamber openly opposed, the battle in the Rhode Island Senate appeared to be NOM's to lose.