Gay Marriage Activists Holding Closed-Door Meetings on Capitol Hill To Court GOP


National Journal's Influence Alley blog:

Ahead of today's Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the group Freedom to Marry has been holding closed-door "salons" over the past few weeks, trying to build a broad coalition in support of same-sex marriage.

The salons are designed to bring together groups of politically likeminded strategists, consultants and others who support same-sex marriage or are on the fence to discuss the issue and how to make it a reality. There was a salon on Oct. 11 for center-right politicos and one on Oct. 19 for Republicans, which brought together about 20 people at each gathering. Freedom to Marry wouldn't say who was there. There is a salon for Democrats on Nov. 16.

... The salons are also meant to show conservatives that support gay marriage they are not alone. Getting them to support the issue publicly, though, is another story.

...large majorities of Republicans remain opposed [to redefining marriage], putting political pressure on GOP lawmakers who support same-sex marriage to keep mum on the topic. (Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is the lone Republican cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act out of the more than 150 cosponsors in the House and Senate.)


  1. Davide
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    sounds like desperation on the part of the gay agenda. I wonder if the Savage beast will be attending. Warning to the republicans, watch out for those ruby red slippers, Dorothy can be a real bitch.

  2. Leo
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    NOM should be holding meetings to court the Democrats. There are a lot of socially conservative Democrats, including many Blacks and Hispanics, but also Catholics, union members, "blue dog" Democrats, etc. The party leaders just don't listen to them.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that every meeting marriage corruption supporters have are 'behind closed doors?" you would think that a movement that was all about comming out of the closet would want to ensure transparancy at all levels.

  4. Mike P.
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they should spend some time talking to Joe Manchin, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, etc...I do not think it is likely that all Democrats will vote to repeal DOMA. Given that fact, it is hard to see how they get to 60, even if some Republicans flip (which is also unlikely).

  5. Louis E.
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I'm a pro-DOMA Democrat myself,I hope we can make more Dems think twice about taking the homosexual lobby's baseless assertions at face value.

  6. P. Edward Murray
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Louis E,

    I'm a pro DOMA used to be democrat..I changed to Independent because I am so sick and tired of this gay crap!

  7. P. Edward Murray
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink


    You folks should be doing lobbying also..are you?

  8. John N.
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks P. Edward Murray and glad to see that I am not alone. I am a former liberal who voted for Ted Kennedy who switched to being an independent and who voted for Scott Brown in the last election.

  9. Little man
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    The time is here once again to test how Congress has changed since 1996. And to see what today's Congress thinks of the 1996 Congress. We'll need to donate to NOM. "Closed doors" means, 'under the table' bribery by trade. DOMA is Constitutional, so watch out for clever strategies to circumvent proper procedures. For the enemies of DOMA, the goal justifies the means...

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