Black Minister Blames NOM, Racism For Marriage Equality In WA

We’ve heard the GOP come up with all kinds of excuses as to why Mitt Romney lost the election. But a minister in Washington State has an interesting rationale for why same-sex marriage passed there It’s the National Organization for Marriage’s fault.

Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, WA, has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality for years. But Hutcherson (right), a former linebacker with the NFL, says the battle was lost on Election Day, in part, because the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family and other groups who hustled into to town to defend traditional marriage steamrolled over local efforts and acted to passively.

“Initially we had a strong group of people fighting for marriage in Washington,” he told The Christian Post. “We were unified and it looked like beating our opponents was going to be a cakewalk. Then these national organizations came into the state and said I was too ‘controversial,’ and that I should take a back seat. They just waltzed in and stabbed us in the back by first caving in on domestic partnerships and then on marriage.”

Then Hutcherson played the race card:

“When I knew my involvement was going to generate controversy, I offered to step back and suggested others who were on the front lines do so as well for the sake of unity. They refused, leaving me as the odd man out. If you look at them, they were all the same color with the same moderate views. It just didn’t make sense why they would not include a person of color who was willing to fight.”

“I believe there are conservatives of all colors, but the leadership from NOM, Focus and Mission Public Affairs, wanted to run being a moderate campaign where everyone felt warm and fuzzy. But we know that sin is never satisfied and always wants more. These guys just looked and acted too much like the GOP—old and white.”

Oh, sorry, reverend—did you get discriminated against? That must sting. We can’t possibly imagine what it’s like to be marginalized by anti-gay groups.