Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the media NOM's desperation becomes glaringly apparent

Who is NOM attempting to communicate with and what are they trying to communicate?

Thomas Peters
National Organization for Marriage Communications Director, Thomas Peters, made two comments yesterday; One for the Washington Post:
We think it’s very telling gay marriage advocates are using the courts so heavily ... They only support the voice of the people when they think it go <sic> their way.
Another for Reuters:
They're hugely overplaying their hand ... These are states where gay marriage advocates have been saying for months, if not years, that gay marriage is inevitable and they've made no progress.
In Reuters, Peters was presumably reacting to the reporter who wrote:
The group [Freedom to Marry] is targeting Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey, where legislative measures to legalize same-sex marriage have failed, and Oregon, where there is a drive to put a gay marriage initiative on the ballot in November.
Both statements are easily challenged. Jeremy does a very good job with the WaPo misstep. The second statement, to Reuters, is moronic per se. The same could be said of every state where we have achieved marriage equality. Mr. Peters, the self-described "American Papist," is a rather dim bulb but he knows the talking points.

Mr. Peters seems to reinforce a basic theme. NOM has pretty much given up on swaying public opinion. Sure, they will quote Ryan Anderson (Robby George by proxy) but Anderson has become increasingly ineffective. In other outlets, like Witherspoon's blog, they are only talking to themselves. Mr. Peters is speaking to NOM's donor base.

NOM now exists to raise money to continue to exist.

It should be obvious, even to the most devout, where the equality needle is pointing. Evan Wolfson, CEO of Freedom to Marry, said it best in the same Reuters article:
Evan Wolfson
We have tremendous momentum from the wins that we secured at the ballot last year, the three states that we've already won this year and of course the Supreme Court rulings.
Furthermore, those same Supreme Court rulings have opened up legal challenges in states like Michigan and Section 2 of DOMA is now hanging by a thread. Nationwide equality does look inevitable which places NOM in a very precarious position since they rely very heavily on three or four donors. If just one of them craps out, they could drive NOM to insolvency.

Later in the day I will comment on NOM's email blast today which tends to confirm the same theme.
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