February 26, 2012
Dear Marriage Supporter,
In my email last week, I wrote about the "big lie" that same-sex marriage is supposedly "inevitable." By telling us that it's inevitable we'll lose, gay marriage advocates are pursuing a strategy designed to encourage our surrender.
One of the tactics that homosexual advocates have taken to advance their "inevitability" strategy in recent months is aimed right at a core element of our base of supporters — people who consider themselves Republicans. Just last week a coalition of gay groups including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) began an advertising campaign touting statements from various former GOP officials like Colin Powell and Dick Cheney.
Perhaps Laura Bush, who was also featured in the ad from the mis-named "Respect for Marriage" coalition, didn't get the memo on inevitability. Immediately after learning that she had been featured in their ad, she demanded that her image and comments be removed. The HRC coalition had little choice but to comply.
This isn't the first time that Republicans have reacted when told it's time for them to act like "progressive" Democrats and support redefining marriage. Republican voters trounced two U.S. Senate candidates who took that position — Tom Campbell in California and Bill Binnie in New Hampshire. Last year they forced from office three of the four Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for the passage of gay marriage in that state. And now in Illinois there's a spirited grassroots effort underway to remove GOP Chair Pat Brady from his position as a result of urging Republican legislators to support homosexual marriage — a position that runs directly contrary to their stated party platform.
A few years ago the HRC would regularly claim that nobody ever lost elective office for supporting same-sex marriage. Such an outlandish statement was false even back then, but they clearly can't credibly make such a statement any longer. Even the media has pointed out that supporting gay marriage is likely a career-ending move for a Republican, as was made clear in this recent AP story from a couple of weeks ago:
According to roll call votes, in the eight times nationwide that state legislatures voted for gay marriage, just 47 Republicans bucked the party line out of many hundreds who voted against it.
Of those 47 Republicans who voted yes starting in 2009, 21 are in office today.
The HRC hopes that Republicans don't notice things like Laura Bush, Pat Brady, Tom Campbell, Bill Binnie or any of the state senators from New York. But we hope you'll notice.
We've got a tough job to prevail in the battle for true marriage, but neither side has any claim to "inevitability." It's up to us to win the debate by working hard to advance this true and just cause. Will you please help us today?
Frank Schubert is NOM's National Political Director. He managed the successful marriage campaigns in California, Maine and North Carolina and is one of the nation's leading strategists for advancing social issues.
P.S. Now is the time to stand up for marriage — the Supreme Court is about to rule on two monumental cases and same-sex marriage activists are aggressively advancing their radical agenda in multiple states, including Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico and Ohio. They're working on so many fronts at precisely the time the United States Supreme Court is considering the most important case of our generation — hoping to sell their "inevitability" myth at this most critical time for marriage. Won't you please stand with us and help expose their "inevitability" lie by making a donation today?
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