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VICTORY! BOB TURNER—AND MARRIAGE—WIN IN NEW YORK!

 

Victory in NY9

Dear Marriage Supporter:

I had the privilege of being at Bob Turner's victory party last night in Howard Beach, and speaking briefly with the Congressman-elect after his dramatic victory over pro-SSM David Weprin. For those following on Twitter, early in the evening I made what I thought at the time was a bold prediction that Turner would win by 5 points – only to see his margin grow as returns from Brooklyn came in, setting his eventual 8-point victory.

What a tremendous day for marriage! New York's 9th Congressional District, which Obama won, Clinton won, and which has had a Democrat in Congress since 1923, showed Tuesday that marriage is important. David Weprin was not able to defend himself against his vote to support same-sex marriage in New York, and his constituents made that clear. 42 percent of them oppose same-sex marriage. 29 percent said marriage was a significant issue in this race. And Tuesday a strong majority showed Weprin that they have had enough.

Bob Turner Victory

NOM played a major role in this election, helping to organize the Jewish and Hispanic communities to coalesce with Republicans, conservative and other pro-family voters. We mounted the first and largest independent expenditure campaign in the race to make marriage a key issue, and we succeeded. Special thanks go out to Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein and Sen. Ruben Diaz for voicing automated phone calls to tens of thousands of Orthodox Jewish and Hispanic households in the district. Many voters were deeply offended by Weprin's support for same-sex marriage, and these phone calls from respected leaders helped to make sure voters knew Weprin's radical pro-ssm record.

David Weprin is not going to Congress for one reason: he listened to Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and a few billionaires on Wall Street and went along with them to redefine marriage. Weprin foolishly believed them when they promised to protect him from any fallout over his vote to redefine marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign continues to absurdly claim that no politician has ever been defeated over his or her vote to redefine marriage, even though NOM is responsible for defeating countless same-sex marriage advocates and electing hundreds of candidates who have pledged their support for traditional marriage. But even the mainstream media is beginning to see through HRC's deception. (Check out NOMblog.com today for a taste of what the media is saying about the importance of marriage in the race.)

Many, many thanks to each of you who have taken action to stand up for marriage this week, whether it be voting in New York, calling legislators in North Carolina, or spreading the word to friends and family. NOM made substantial investments in both the North Carolina and the New York victories, and we need your help to replenish our funds. Same-sex marriage advocates are already planning their next steps, and we need your help so that we can continue to respond wherever the next threat arises.

If you are able to make a one-time gift of $25, $50, or even $100 or more, please do it right now. We are your voice for marriage in the public square, and your gift will help us to continue to achieve important victories for marriage all across the nation. Please click here to make your most generous gift today.

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On to victory!

Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

17 Comments

  1. OrthodoxJew
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Those who have called into question the relevance of marriage in this election obviously don't get out much. Almost no one voted for Turner due to Israel, since Weprin has a long and strong pro-Israel record (Ed Koch notwithstanding).

    The economy obviously played some role but those familiar with the Orthodox Jewish community know what really happened here: leaders of every type rallied as strongly as I have ever seen AGAINST Weprin and in favor of Turner. The entire Orthodox community was extremely involved in this election; no one was unaware of it. The highest rates of voter turnout in NY-9 come from the Orthodox community. I have been to the polling places in different parts of the district and Orthodox Jews were by far the most visible voters here--BY FAR.

    There's no question that it was this community that turned the election. And there is ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION that it was the marriage issue that mobilized this community (as well as others, I'm sure) into voting for Turner. The time for denying the role of marriage in elections is OVER.

  2. Tiffani
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Brian and NOM for all your tireless efforts and hard work to continue fighting for the critical issue of marriage. It's incredible to see what the good and God-loving people of America can do if we don't give up. I am just thrilled when I read your messages of victory. Thank you!!

  3. Mike Safrit
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    This is another needed victory over the most corrosive brand of liberalism ever to threaten the survival of the United States. Democrat "leaders" and the traitorous liberal media constitute nothing less than a cancer eating away at the republic. Conservatism must win next November--decisively. This bunch of domestic enemies are amazing in that they are WRONG on EVERY issue confronting this nation today. Conservatives need to pray, and work, for victory over these detestable and dangerous forces of pure evil!

  4. Louis E.
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I have to register my disagreement as a Democrat who agrees with most things the party stands for,just not this.We need more gun control,more protection for abortion rights,a final end to the death penalty,a much more comprehensive national health insurance plan,clear teaching of evolution in all accredited schools...and NO protection for same-sex sexual relationships.

  5. Barb
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I always enjoy your comments, Louis E., and I'm very glad we agree on marriage, even though we don't agree on other issues. I'm sure we could have a spirited debate on these other topics but this isn't the place. Keep up the good work (on marriage that is)...:>)

  6. John Noe
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Whoa nice to hear from the new Mike. A new poster telling it like it is. Hope to hear more from him.

  7. Louis E.
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Anthony Weiner was a vice chair of the "House LGBT Equality Caucus".which Turner will not be joining.Vice-chair appears to be as high as a heterosexual is allowed to go in that organization:
    http://lgbt.tammybaldwin.house.gov/membership.shtml
    (One vice-chair and one regular member are Republicans).

  8. Posted September 15, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Kudos to Mike Safrit's comment on the situation. Couldn't have said it better myself. I recommend Demonic by Ann Coulter on the situation of the liberal minority with their radical agendas trying to force their viewpoints on the conservative majority in this country.

  9. Ash
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Karen, I need to stop procrastinating and get Demonic!

  10. Mike Safrit
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    John and Karen, thanks for your comments. I am very afraid of where this country is going. It appears that the left is determined to carry out all out war against Christianity, free enterprize capitalism, freedom of speech (political correctness, silencing conservative talk radio--dictators always silence their political opposition), national security, 2nd amendment--a disarmed citizenry amounts to subject, not citizens), babies--as a Christian, I do not believe that God is going to let the murder of 50 million plus babies go unpunished, etc.To Louis E, who wants the false hypothesis of evolution taught in the schools, it already is, and that largely accounts for the breakdown of morality in the US. He needs to do a little research into real science and learn that evolution has already been disproven many times over. The inevitable result of indoctrinating people into believing in evolution is turning kids into atheists, and therefor an anything-goes philosophy. The theory of evolution defies real science and common sense. Of course, it is apparent that those on the left are seriously devoid of common sense or they would not be so anxious to cut their own throats in the long run by supporting suicidal policies and programs. American education is clearly a failure because it is indoctrinating instead of educating our youth. Kids are easy to fool, which accounts for so any of them supporting the clearly radical Obama in 2008. Now, most of them cannot find jobs due to Obama's policies, and they still think it is all Bush'[s fault. I never thought I would see this country decline the way it has, but when a nation turns against God, it should not be surprised when He withdraws His protection and allows that nation to suffer the consequences of its own stupidity.

  11. Badger
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Louis, i wouldn't feel too secure with your so-called NOM friends if I were you. You will find that they won't stop at strippiing away the rights of gays and lesbians. Your cherished rights will be next.

  12. TC Matthews
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    LOL Badger. Seriously? What has protecting marriage from forced redefinition have to do with taking anything from anyone? You have every right I have already, you just don't have the right to redefine marriage for everyone else. Take your scare tactics elsewhere.

  13. Simon
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Why does anyone else's marriage a "threat" to you? Same-sex marriage doesn't concerny any of us in a SECULAR country unless you are planning on marrying a gay guy !!!! It's 2011 people, live and let live !!!

  14. Louis E,
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Simon,same-sex sexual relationships are an outrage to secular common sense.Mike Safrit,so is whiz-bang creationism,or the association of evolution with atheism.(Evolution is "How",God is "Why",the Bible is far more disproven than evolution).

  15. Mike Safrit
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    OK, Louis, please explain to me how life came from non-life, and don't give me the magic soup suddenly producing a spark of life. And I would be pleased to know how, if such magic did occur, so many many multitudes of living things came from that one accidental spark? Please explain how an accidental, totally blind and mindless process resulted in two sexes. Amazing coincidence that one product of evolution resulted in one kind of creature possessing vaginas and ovaries and the other accidentally, blindly showed up with penises and testicles and how the combination of the two resulted in babies of like kind. Oh, yes. please tell me how the universe and all that is in it suddenly created itself out of nothing--science has established that the universe had a beginning and has not always existed. I suggest that you actually take time to examine the science that clearly points to creation as the only possible explanation for the existence of all that exists. There is plenty of material available that explains why a blind, random, accidental, unguided, unplanned process that supposedly included billions of "mutations" resulting in additions and improvements in species is impossible (mutations always take away something, never adding anything). Something as complex as a single celled living thing could not have come about by such a blind process, much less a human body and all the complexity it involves could not possibly have happened by such blind "luck", I don't care how many billions of years anyone wants to pretend it took to accomplish. Living things have amazing designs and designs cannot exist without a designer, neither at a work bench, or a laboratory, or in nature. As for there being no relationship between evolution and atheism, who are you trying to kid? If there was no creator, then there is no God, so who is dumb enough to believe that belief in evolution doesn't lead to atheism. It did for me--for a while-- until I began to examine the evidence and realize that I had allowed my own ignorance to lead to my being so easily deceived. I suggest you might do well ot actually study the Bible with and open mind and explain the fulfillment of so much prophecy, including what is going on today. And don't try to tell me that prophecy was written after the fact, because that lie has been disproven, too.

  16. Kindra
    Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I'll tell you guys what.

    Stop shoving your straightness in my face, let me get married, and I will never bother you again.

    I already don't go to pride parades, don't make out with my girlfriend in public, and am generally more likely to talk your ear off about my cousins or Disneyland. But if I hear one more straight person talk endlessly about sex, their significant other, or how they're getting married in a month, I will puke. What makes you think I care?

    Straight people need to get out of my life, and that includes you NOM. You call this a "victory", you claim you're fighting for "family values" and yet you have probably destroyed more families than you've protected. You aren't protecting anything. You just can't stand the idea that somewhere out there, someone of the same gender might find you attractive.

    Get out of my life, tell your cronies to get out of my life. I don't care if you don't like my marriage. You're not invited anyway. In fact I would prefer if you stay as far away from my wedding as possible. I don't plan on coming to yours either - I have better things to do with my time than watch bigots tie the knot just to forward an agenda and not because of, y'know, mutual respect and attraction (pretty sure the ratio of gay divorces it still lower than straight).

    Get over yourself. Quote one Bible verse to me, and I will go on my separate tirade about how god is a concept created so man can pretend to have knowledge about things they're clueless about and how if the Christian god did exist, I would sooner life an eternity of suffering than ever give an ounce of praise to someone to narcissistic, hateful, violent, sexist and controlling as him.'

    Your. Move.

  17. Little man
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Sorry to see this commenting declining into tangential issues brought up by Mr. Louis. One thing is to offer and opinion, and another is to debate the issue - not the same exact thing. Turner did win in NY-9 and that is what's being celebrated in this post on the NOMblog. No, sincerely, same-sex partnerships do not belong in the civil institution of marriage, and that is simply a matter of votes, not scare tactics. People are starting to see through the analogical and emotional arguments of the same-sex marriage advocates, and those well-aired arguments are being rejected by more and more people as they have time to really think about it. There's only two opposing views: a) that civil marriage is a matter of love for adults; and b) the government supports civil marriage between a man and a woman (adults) because it is reasonable and Constitutional. Advocates of homosexual behavior have been trying to convince the majority of their cause for ages. But they tend to die off because such a behavior is not natural. There's nothing against friendship, but the government need not support friendship in any special way.

    Leave other issues aside. There are other blogs that deal with other issues. NOM informs us day to day of developments in the struggle against the news media, and how the news media typically wants to detract from reporting election failures of same-sex marriage advocates. Ultimately, it is not the media that governs. There's 3 branches of government, not 4: Executive, Judiciary, and Congress. The news media is not one.