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Just How Empty Is NOM’s Promise to Fight D.C. Over Marriage?


Reacting faster than most Gay Inc. groups, the National Organization for Marriage is already spitfiring after D.C.’s marriage vote. Maggie Gallagher & Co. are promising, via Twitter, to take down Councilman David Catania’s radical homosexual activist agenda.

“The people of D.C. have a right, guaranteed by the charter, which is D.C.’s constitution, to vote to protect marriage. Politicians on the city council are acting as if they have the right through legislation to deprive citizens of D.C. of their core civil right to vote, but we will not let them get away with it,” says NOM exec director Brian Brown in a statement. “We have one message for David Catania and the rest of these politicians today: this fight is not over. We will go to Congress, we will go to the courts, we will fight for the people’s right to vote and we will win!”

To be fair to Mr. Brown, if he does get Congress to intervene, it will be pretty freakin’ remarkable, because it’s only happened three times in the past 25 years.

On:           Dec 15, 2009
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    • Gary

      Sorry Brian, but you’re wrong – you do NOT have a right to vote on the civil rights of ANY American!

      Just because you’re getting away with it now doesn’t mean you always will….

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Bring it on Maggie. DC has more gays per captia than any other city in the nation, many of us have experience working in politics….so it would be facinating to see a bunch of hillbilly out of towners try to come in here and attack that City Council. That council knows the mood of the city.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Doug

      What a bunch of douches!

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Doug

      I agree with Gary… when has it been ok to vote on a persons civil rights? Do you think Blacks would be free if “the people” in the southern states voted on wether it should pass for thier region?

      Do what you must in your hicktown, but leave my city alone. As a matter of fact, bring of NOM to SE-DC to recruit our wards, and we will see if you ever are seen again.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName

      While Congress is unlikely to overturn the vote directly, it is ridiculously easy to slap riders on the DC appropriations bill to prevent the district from spending any money on recognizing same-sex marriage. DC voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1998. Congress first prevented DC from even counting the votes in the referendum, and then blocked the district from spending any money to implement it. The block was just lifted two days ago.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      “I’ll get you my pretty…and your little dog too!”—- Maggie Gallagher



      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

      @No. 5 FakeName

      I agree, so does the Post and most analysts, that it is unlikely that Congress will intervene. Very unlikely (and the Courts have already twice determined that the DC charter prohibits votes on civil rights).

      Importantly, FakeName is correct that Congress can intervene in other ways, such as prohibiting expenditures for same-sex marriages. I kinda hope that rigorous attempts ARE made. That seems to be the only way for us to know who are and who are not our friends (ie., Democratic state senators in NY). Speaker Pelosi has under the authority of her speakership, the ability to keep ANY legislative attempts to sidetrack DC’s marriage-equality from being ALLOWED to be even heard in any committee or brought to the floor. Senate majority leader Reid has similar powers. Lets see the Democratic leadership HAVE TO STAND UP FOR marriage equality, OR show that they are users-and-abusers of gay support.

      I am so tired of hearing that there are more important issues than DADT, ENDA; I am tired of hearing that we have to wait for “the right time”. So, bring on a challenge in Congress; I want to see Pelosi, Reid, the DNC, and the many others the gay community have supported for years, turn around and support us.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      No. 5 · FakeName said…
      While Congress is unlikely to overturn the vote directly, it is ridiculously easy to slap riders on the DC appropriations bill to prevent the district from spending any money on recognizing same-sex marriage. DC voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1998. Congress first prevented DC from even counting the votes in the referendum, and then blocked the district from spending any money to implement it. The block was just lifted two days ago.


      A point on our favor, the DC approps bill isn’t up for votes in the next 30 days and if Congress does nothing in the next 30 days it becomes law. So if congress THEN tried to overturn it later it opens up immidiate cases against DOMA etc… in federal court by DC residents who were married during that time. I don’t see congress jumping into that pool.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken Harvey

      And people wonder why we call it hate. Anyone who has such anger and passion to beat down a group of human beings isn’t “protecting” anything. They are working out of hate.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HellIsWaiting

      Oh Brian. Has Maggie not strapped one on yet and schooled you in the delights of sodomy? So much hate. And what’s that? You’re going to the courts? You’re going to beg radical, “activist” courts to help you? God, what a fucker you are.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName

      Cam sez: “A point on our favor, the DC approps bill isn’t up for votes in the next 30 days and if Congress does nothing in the next 30 days it becomes law.”

      It’s two different things. Once the mayor signs the bill, Congress has 30 days to act on it. If it doesn’t, it can still at a later date go after funding via an appropriations bill.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wen

      @ Ken Harvey. That woman is mentally ill, Im serious. And then I dont mean schizophrenic or something similar, but a hardcore personality disorder. Really disturbed woman.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LoveMoby

      I’m not sure who I’m more upset at….NOM, or the people who fall for their insanity and vote against equality.

      Dec 16, 2009 at 1:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naghanenu

      No she is not mentally ill. She is determined. Just like you are. Just like you were after Maine lost and New York got lost too.

      This is a fight, people. I think its great that Washington got this down. But the fight is still 45 states ahead…which implies that her side still has the majority by a wide ass margin. The problem here is America is politely homophobic..screw the polls. I do not trust them anymore. You would be surprised and appalled if you knew just how homophobic. I actually think that is where many races unite….homophobia. Imagine that amount of uniformity and togetherness to defeat a cause…this is a very powerful thing. I cant remember which black activist pastor that said if the Klan was marching against gay marriagew he would march right along with them.

      We need to unite also. I am sorry to say this but your side is too white. Aside the asian gay soldier…where are the minorities? You need to unite them. That is the only way you would make a beneifical stand and convince the public and the lawmakers that this is not a “gay agenda” but a real civil rights issue. A people issue. It will also win you support because every one will see a bit of themselves in your cause. All i see is a bunch of white men shouting for their rights!

      You blast the church..ok cool. Do you realise how difficult this is for people to support you? You need their support. You need to stop protesting churches..i mean what has that gained you? Other than affirming that yes, gays are the immoral people trying to destroy God’s teachings. These acts are reactive and not well thought out. You cannot defeat an institution as powerful as that one…forget it. Focus your energy and money where it will be useful…the courts. Go to the courts, take it all the way to the Supreme Court.Congress will be forced to listen and make changes.

      Brian Brown and NOM arent stupid. They know how high their contacts are and how far they can go. I really do not think they are threatening idly so wake up and take them seriously.

      Dec 16, 2009 at 2:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HellIsWaiting

      @naghanenu #14.

      Such incoherent non-sense. Have you been drinking?

      You say, this is a fight. You’re glad Wash DC has gay marriage. And then you say: “your side is too white.” “Your” side? And then you say: “Your side needs to unite minorities.” What the hell are you actually trying to say?

      I know that California is a fucked up mess – but do you honestly think that a state like that, where ~48% decided to reject gay oppression – that all those people where white? In California, the new republic of Mexico, aka Dumpland?

      Homosexuality is a common occurrence across all races, in every population, on every continent, in every country on the face of the Earth. It is not the job of one race to unite other races in the pursuit of equality. Heterosexual oppression alone should be enough to motivate ANYONE of ANY race to get off their asses and do something about it. And if a particular race decides to not join in the fight – that’s their own fucking problem. Thank God there are others who march forward. And Thank God that the pursuit of equality is not actually limited to any one race, as is in your mind in your alternate reality.

      Dec 16, 2009 at 3:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naghanenu

      HellIsWaiting… WOW

      Did you fall out of bed and hit the side of your brain that logic comes from? Christ!!!

      Of course, this is a white fight, so far. Are you blind? How many black gay activists are you seeing on TV? How many Latinos? Where are the asians? Unless you want to tell me its only whites that have gay people who want marriage equality.

      This looks funny, man. It does. I can go to a rally for NOM and see everyone. And i mean everyone. This suggests unity. You think because they go around asking people who are too scared to admit they do not support gay marriage that is what you need to win this thing. Dont be silly.

      Get your minorities to wake up and be seen. They can get support on your side. Its sad. You ignore good advice and carry silly signs and picket churches. Wow wonderful for you. I can see all the progress you have gotten.

      Dec 16, 2009 at 5:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      The equality message is strong enough to encompass all. It takes time. If this were a pregnancy, we’d be in the morning sickness phase. Naghanenu said some valid points, so much so that, for a fleeting moment, I imagined Naghanenu to actually be Maggie Gallagher, under a pseudonym. Shivers. It might well be the turpentine, but I would hope Maggie would see how creepy these nom-skulls really are and bail out. Writing to Queerty under an anonymous name, giving us insight to our failures, would be random, but not impossible. I’ll shut the Hell up now and clean brushes.

      Dec 16, 2009 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AxelDC

      DC already voted on gay marriage. It’s called a legislature, and we voted in them in to pass laws.

      Try winning a seat in DC outside Ward 8 on an anti-gay agenda.

      Jan 31, 2010 at 8:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AxelDC

      @naghanenu: DC is a majority black city, and it’s mayor has been black since 1978. You cannot win an election in DC on an antigay agenda in 7/8 of the city’s wards.

      Jan 31, 2010 at 8:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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