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NOM Admitting Fault? ‘Marriage Will Not Win If It’s Not Defended’

by David Badash on November 12, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Thomas Peters, the cultural director for NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, says it’s “God’s plan” they lost the “traditional marriage” battle in four states last week, and seemed to admit blame, saying “marriage will not win if it’s not defended.” For the first time in U.S. history, voters in not one but three states elected to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, and in one state, said “no” to inserting a ban on same-sex marriage into their constitution.

NOM for years has said the only poll that counts is the one at the ballot box. They’ve also said they will respect the people’s vote once it’s cast. Apparently, they’ve forgotten those promises.

Peters spoke on Friday with Michelle Bauman, of the Catholic News Agency/EWTN News and the National Catholic Register‘s Tim Drake:

“Quoting an article written by Benedictine University’s Tom Hoopes for Catholic Vote, Peters said, “‘God’s plan throughout history involves losing battles, but winning the war.’”

“I was disappointed with the results,” admitted Peters. “We have to pray for a legal reprieve. The president is against those who are pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedom. He may get the change to change the makeup of the Supreme Court. We’re facing a serious generational problem.”

“The Affordable Care Act will never be repealed,” added Peters. “It will continue to exist as an entitlement of the liberal state.”

Thom Price asked whether the election losses were attributed to a lack of communication.

“It’s a lack of activation, not communication,” said Peters, who noted the disparity in the number of volunteers working against Minnesota’s marriage amendment in comparison to the numbers supporting the amendment. He suggested that Catholics need to be far more active in the process. “Our opponents start by voting, and then spend months phone-calling, door-knocking, and getting the word out.”

On the issue of marriage, Peters noted that traditional marriage lost in all four states – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.

“In Minnesota, we tried to pass a marriage protection amendment so that marriage couldn’t be redefined by judges. In Maine, voters approved same-sex ‘marriage.’ In Maryland and Washington, referendums to try to overturn gay marriage failed,” said Peters. “We were outraised by 4 to 1, and 8 to 1 in some cases. Yet, in every one of those states, more people voted for marriage than voted for Romney. Traditional marriage lost by only a small margin. The message this sends to Christians is that marriage will not win if it’s not defended.”


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barbonine November 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Like others raking through the ashes of the election seeking answers, one more gets it wrong.

Listen, pull your head out of your alternate reality bubble and look around, really look and listen to what people are saying.

" The president is against those who are pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedom."

Actually, WE PUT HIM IN OFFICE! You are attributing to the man what the will of the people chose. See, most of use aren't opposed to your religious beliefs, as long as you don't try to force the nation into your fantasy of a perfect, god-driven society that reflects the Norman Rockwell 50s that never existed.

Voters know this.

We also know that access to contraceptives as part of family planning cuts the number of abortions. Your religious flavored argument makes no sense to us.

Speaking of making sense, the reason you lost your "defense of traditional marriage" is due to your argument that marriage equality somehow threatens your heterosexual unions.

When challenged to explain that, none of you are able to come up with a comprehensive response.

This election, it was quite clear to us that the GOP's religiously driven platform had no standing in science, in charity, in generosity, and the hate and intolerance spewing from your side like an unchecked deep water oil spill turned us away in droves.

So now, you think more of the same is in order. Good…good…please do continue in this direction. It helps us godless heathens more than you could possibly know!

GaelicWench November 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Damn, too bad I have a limit on how many thumbs up I can give you. Your reply earned you a multitude of them. I was going to reply as well to our president to being against this, that and the other, but the extreme right just loves putting words into the president's mouth. He never said any such thing.

The Republicans need to watch their six. Much as they want to turn back the clock, it isn't going to happen. The much-esteemed Theoretical Physicist, Stephen Hawkings himself said that currently it being impossible to travel at light speed (186,000 miles per second), which is pretty much what would be needed to go back in time, the only way is FORWARD, into the future. They can take that little piece of science-based evidence and chew on it. Oh yeah, right, they don't believe in science either. Meh! whatever.

ran2112 November 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Funny they dismiss the fact that Christians have 65% of all abortions here in the US. They are the abortion problem.
Also funny they think pro-marraige is a term with any merit at all.
Pretty sure Obama is for religious freedom since he doesn't take every single chance to thank god and god bless America. His respect for others in what he does not say is offensive to those who think he should say what they want to hear. He shows his respect for everyones religious freedom by not saying anything.

barbonine November 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I am glad the Big O doesn't invoke deities all over the place, because "those people" do not accept that he might have the gall to worship the same god they do.

They'd argue endlessly over it. It's THEIR god, after all. Not for Kenyan Hawaiian Muslim Socialists with ears. And even more time would be wasted…

Huntercgo November 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

Wow — where to start?

The margins by which marriage won this year are the same margins by which it lost in CA in 2008 and Maine in 2009 — which were "resounding victories," if I recall correctly.

Maybe marriage advocates outraised the marriage opponents because more people were sympathetic to their cause — something that doesn't seem to have occurred to Mr. Peters.

"We have to pray for a legal reprieve. " What does that mean? Seriously — there is no content there that I can find. Does he think the courts are going to overturn the popular vote in Maine, Maryland and Washington State? Dream on, little man.

". . . more people voted for marriage than voted for Romney." Sort of gives you an idea of what a compelling candidate Romney is. Your side lost, matter how you try to spin it.

Bottom line: We had an election and your side lost. Deal with it. That's how we do things in America.

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