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