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NOM: In 2009 We Spent $8 Million Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

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In 2010, Brian Brown, president of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, gave a deposition and admitted that in 2009, his organization spent $8 million fighting same-sex marriage. Brown was asked, “Roughly how much money did NOM spend in 2009?”

Q. Okay. Let’s talk about 2009 and, first, let’s just talk about NOM’s efforts nationally. Roughly how much money did NOM spend in 2009?

A. I think seven and a half million dollars.

Q. I’m looking for round numbers, so that’s fine. It may be a little more, it may be a little less?

A. Yeah, or eight. Actually I think it was more like eight, sorry.

Q. So NOM spent roughly eight million dollars during 2009?

A. (Deponent nods affirmatively.)

Fred Karger, the gay Republican former presidential candidate, is also the founder of Rights Equal Rights (formerly Californians Against Hate), and published on their website the 2010 deposition. The above quote appear on what is labeled page 178. There’s also this, on page 235:

Q. And roughly how much did NOM receive in contributions in 2009?

A. Eight million dollars, possibly a little bit more. I need to go back and look but around eight million dollars.

Q. Would the amount of contributions roughly match the amount that NOM spent in 2009?

A. Yes, roughly.

Karger notes that he “personally delivered new information to the Maine Ethics Commission which has been investigating the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for nearly three years.”

Karger’s original complaint was filed against NOM, the most vociferous anti-LGBT organization in the country, on August 24, 2009 accusing NOM of money laundering in Maine’s 2009 election to stop marriage equality from becoming law in that state.

Karger also penned an op-ed that ran last week in the Advocate, “Fred Karger Says It’s Time For NOM to Go Down,” which details some of NOM’s state-by-state activities. Ksrger offers this background:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has funded and led every anti-gay marriage action and election in this country since it was formed five years ago by the Mormon and Catholic Churches. It was setup to serve as their front group in order to qualify and pass California’s Proposition 8. Prop 8 stripped away California’s gay marriage law and wrote discrimination into the state Constitution for the very first time.

NOM has morphed into a finely-tuned, effective $12 to $15 million per year bullying operation that has gone to war against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in more than 20 states. NOM also goes after anyone and everyone who gets in its way on the ground, at the ballot box and in the courts.

Karger adds:

Let’s not forget that NOM got six of the nine Republican Presidential candidates to sign its virulently ant-gay marriage pledge last summer. Mitt Romney was one of those signers. It calls for the passage of a federal Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in all 50 states. It also requires whichever signer wins to appoint a presidential commission to investigate, individuals who harass donors who fight for traditional marriage.

Perhaps Mitt will get asked about same-sex marriage during tomorrow’s presidential debate.

And let’s not forget, from 2003 to 2010, Chick-Fil-A spent $5 million supporting groups that try to end same-sex marriage.

There are a lot more than just these few examples. Fighting loving same-sex couples is a multi-million dollar business that generously rewards those whose efforts violate the standards of human decency.

Image: One of NOM’s fundraising tactics, via Facebook

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Revealed: GOP Officials Made Damning Admissions Before Signing Forged Election Documents

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Some of the Republican officials who signed phony electoral certificates made damning admissions to a reporter in the days after Donald Trump lost the presidential election.

The House select committee is investigating efforts by state-level Republicans, overseen by Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials, to send “alternate” slates of electors to Congress, and those GOP officials told Politico’s Kyle Cheney they understood what they were doing was probably against the law.

“What I might want to do can be completely different from what we are legally capable of doing, does that make sense?” Michigan GOP elector Meshawn Maddock told Cheney by email in November 2020.

However, Maddock — who’s now co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party — ultimately joined other Michigan Republicans who signed the unofficial certificates, and a Georgia elector also suggested that she knew the scheme was sketchy.

READ: Republican who signed forged 2020 certification ran Russian-style troll farm that paid teens to post pro-Trump propaganda

“Bahahaha you think I’m going to respond to you?” Georgia GOP elector Cathy Latham told Cheney by email in late 2020. “You don’t know GA law. Read the Constitution.”

However, when pressed, Latham admitted she would go along with the scheme.

“I am [a] Republican elector for Trump,” Latham said. “I serve at the pleasure of the President and the GAGOP. I will serve when called and directed to cast my vote for Trump.”

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But actually, Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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