Maggie Gallagher, board chair of the
National Organization for Marriage, and Frank Cannon, president of
The American Principles Project, are outraged over the GOP response
to New York legalizing gay marriage.
During a recent edition of the Maggie
Report, which is hosted by the
Tea Party Review, Cannon blasted Republican presidential
candidates for not taking a stronger stand against the issue.
“Where was the outcry?” Cannon
asked. “Where is the commentary from the Republican presidential
candidates? It is amazing that they are now vying in two weeks to be
the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll. And for some candidates this is
life and death politically. And even for those candidates, none of
them has stepped forward to make New York a central issue. And this,
as Maggie points out, is an issue across the United States that
unites Republicans, doesn't divide them. And it unites Americans.
So, where is a speech, a comment, a commercial by one of them who is
trying to get 3,000 people to Ames in two weeks to show they have
momentum. Why won't they use this issue? It's a big, big problem.”
Gallagher agreed, adding that Iowan
voters especially oppose marriage equality.
“This is a situation in which the
Republican elites from the top down are intimidated by the financial
base of the party and intimidated by the media base,” Cannon
continued. “And if they close down in a presidential campaign,
it's done with.”
“You're right Frank,” Gallagher
said. “It's absolutely a kind of consensus group think among
Republican elites that's beginning to emerge that an issue in which
the majority of Americans have shown time and time again that they
believe marriage is the union of husband and wife, the elites have no
confidence in expressing that view.”