NOM released the following statement this afternoon:
National Organization for Marriage to Politicians:Gay Marriage Is a Career-Ending Position
State Senator Who Supported Gay Marriage
Defeated in Minnesota
(Washington, D.C.) – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised voters in Minnesota’s 12th Senate District for decisively ousting pro-gay marriage state Senator Paul Koering in his Republican primary race for reelection yesterday. NOM mounted a strong issue advocacy campaign in the district to inform voters of Koering’s position on gay marriage:
“Once again, voters have sent a message to politicians that supporting gay marriage is a career-ending move,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “We sent two district-wide mailings and paid for a newspaper ad to make sure that voters in this district knew their state Senator wanted to legalize gay marriage. As a result, Senator Koering was trounced.”
Koering was beaten by Paul Gazelka by a margin of 43-57.
“NOM has undertaken issue campaigns to defeat pro-gay marriage politicians such as U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell in California; state Senator Dede Scozzafava in New York; and now state Senator Paul Koering in Minnesota,” Brown said. “We’re committed to exposing any politician who abandons traditional family values to support gay marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and we intend to hold politicians accountable to that position.”
The National Organization for Marriage is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Founded in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource for marriage-related initiatives at the state and local level. For decades, pro-family organizations have educated the public about the importance of marriage and the family, but have lacked the organized, national presence needed to impact state and local politics in a coordinated and sustained fashion. NOM seeks to fill that void, organizing as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, giving it the flexibility to lobby and support marriage initiatives across the nation. Find out more at www.nationformarriage.org.
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], (x130) or Mary Beth Hutchins, [email protected], (x105) at 703-683-5004.