Brian Brown in NYTimes: July 24th Rallies Are "Beginning of a New Chapter in a Long Fight" to Protect Marriage


LetThePeopleVote.comThe New York Times on the next chapter in the fight to protect marriage:

... on July 24, the first day that gay couples will be permitted to wed, opposition groups are planning rallies in Albany, Buffalo, New York City and Rochester to begin what they say will be a multimillion-dollar campaign to push for an amendment to the State Constitution that would outlaw same-sex marriage.

Brian S. Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, a national group that lobbies against same-sex marriage, said he did not consider the enactment of New York’s law to be a final defeat.

“The notion that you pass same-sex marriage and the issue goes away, that’s one of the biggest lies told by proponents for redefining marriage,” Mr. Brown said.

Instead, he described July 24 as simply the beginning of a new chapter in a long fight, though one fraught with uncertainty.

“The people of New York want to vote on this issue,” Mr. Brown said. “They don’t believe the process was either transparent or fair, and it basically stole the right of the people of New York to vote.”

The National Organization for Marriage has pledged to spend at least $2 million in 2012 seeking to defeat seven lawmakers who provided the pivotal votes to pass same-sex marriage — and whose photographs are now featured on the group’s Web site.

So far, in about two weeks, the organization has raised about $60,000 toward its goal, but Mr. Brown said there was no doubt that it would ultimately spend millions advocating against same-sex marriage and the lawmakers in New York who made possible its passage.