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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:04 PM

NOM's Post Election Freak-out: Attack Starbucks, Defend Cal., Ill.

After the antigay National Organization for Marriage was handed four stinging defeats on Tuesday, with voters endorsing marriage equality in three states and shutting down a divisive ban in another, the group is reeling.

The American Independent got wind of an emergency conference call on Thursday where the group and its leader, Brian Brown, plotted their next moves. The group's mission is to "defend traditional marriage" by denying marriage rights to same-sex couples, but their fortunes took a massive turn for the worse on Tuesday when Maine, Maryland, and Washington voters endorsed same-sex marriage at the polls, upping the number of states with marriage equality to 10, as well as the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, Minnesota voters rejected a divisive constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, as well.

Brown believes their failures had to do with being outspent, as well as GOP candidate Mitt Romney not pushing his opposition to same-sex marriage enough and Republican strategist Karl Rove focusing on economic issues instead of social ones; the latter point goes counter to dozens of polls that put the economy at the top of the electorate's concerns.

According to The American Independent, Brown promised to keep up the fight against same-sex marriage and asked his followers for more money. The group is also going after corporations like Starbucks which publicly advocate for marriage equality. NOM's plan is to garner support in the Middle East, an area hostile to same-sex marriage and an area the coffee chain is interested in expanding in.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-equality/2012/11/10/noms-post-election-freakout-includes-attack-starbucks

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William769 Nov 2012 OP
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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:15 PM

1. here is that audio

http://americanindependent.com/217901/audio-national-organization-for-marriage-wants-starbucks-to-pay-price-in-middle-east

"“If anything comes out of this election, we need to have what Rove had, which is the ability to have a super PAC-like structure, where there is money that is being used as a help, a sort of carrot, and that there are also sticks,” he said.

Brown also said that voter turnout among NOM’s constituency was low.

“The other side … their get-out-the-vote machine — Obama, and the Democratic Party — was just unbelievable for an election of this type,” he said. “And our people did stay at home. There was actually less Evangelical voters in many of these states. … It was an absolute disaster for us.”"

Throwing money to deny a social issue does not work!!

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Response to pipewrench (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:21 PM

2. Thanks for the link to the audio.

Also belated welcome to DU!

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Response to pipewrench (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:24 PM

3. GOTV was unbelievable for an election of this type??

Every time I've made up my mind that he's evil, I'm reminded that he's actually stupid.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:27 PM

4. Here's a way to frame their strategy

NOM is planning on imposing Sharia Law on the US through boycotts of Starbucks in muslim countries.

That'll play well with their base.

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