Amid being outnumbered again in St. Paul, NOM robodials for dollars

July 28, 2010 at 3:30 am 21 comments

By Adam Bink

Today, despite the largest turnout of the tour, NOM was yet again outnumbered by pro-equality  supporters today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amid this news and other problems NOM has encountered overall on the tour, NOM is radioing in- or should we say, phoning in- for help.

We learned today that NOM, in advance of their planned stop in Des Moines this upcoming Sunday, is running robocalls in Iowa asking for matching funds to a $2 million “challenge grant” they have received, according to the Newton Independent. The funds will be used to “oust state lawmakers and judges who do not oppose same-sex marriages.” We at NOMTourTracker.com have heard tell of the same calls being run in Wisconsin, as well, but no confirmation yet.

No doubt NOM chose, at least in part, these states to run calls in because it currently has some of the highest visibility among potential supporters in those places at this time. And no doubt NOM is using the tour and its publicity to help raise money for this challenge grant. Given the big dose of #FAIL that NOM has swallowed in stop after stop, it remains to be seen how effective that will be.

Folks in the comments, if you have received robocalls, or reports of them from family/friends/colleagues who have, please send details to NOMtour@couragecampaign.org (NOMtour AT couragecampaign DOT org). Audio files or transcriptions are particularly helpful.

Entry filed under: NOM Tour Tracker, Right-wing.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lesbians Love Boies  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    BusScribing

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    • 2. Kathleen  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      Me too.

      Reply
      • 3. Kathleen  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

        Once more.

        Reply
      • 4. Alan E.  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

        Twice more

        Reply
      • 5. Dave in Maine  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

        Meee three!

        Reply
      • 6. JonT  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

        Cuatro suscripción.

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    • 7. StraightForEquality  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      Ditto

      Reply
    • 8. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      Superscribing

      Reply
  • 9. Sagesse  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Lurking.

    Reply
  • 10. Felyx  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Not Subscribing :P

    Reply
    • 11. Felyx  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      (Because I actually just go to the website! Hahahahaha!) Felyx

      Reply
  • 12. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    checking in.

    Reply
  • 13. anonygrl  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Checking it out.

    Reply
  • 14. Ronnie  |  July 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    NOM is so annoying..really..such a waste… : (

    <3…Ronnie

    Reply
  • 15. BradK  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Given the big dose of #FAIL that NOM has swallowed in stop after stop…

    I don’t think they’ve swallowed it yet, they just spit it out and move onto the next stop. [:`)

    Seriously though, this seems like a more effective strategy for them. The sort of “allies” NOM attracts prefer to lurk in the shadows and send anonymous donations rather than attend public rallies and risk exposing their bigotry to their friends and neighbors.

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    • 16. BradK  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Forgot to add:

      As opposed to the truly committed (or truly should be committed, like the Skipper and his noose sign.

      Reply
  • 17. Dwane  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I find it funny that they would jeapordize someones livelyhood for disagreeing with thier stance on smae-sex marriage — sound very hypocritical to me…..

    Isnt that what they said in Prop 8 that they dont want people to know who suppoted them for “fear” of retaliation and threats to lively hoods for disagreeing with same-sex marriage.

    HYPOCRITES EVRY ONE OF THEM

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  • 18. TPAKyle  |  July 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Brian Brown has unleashed his latest e-mail rant:

    Dear Kyle,

    By now, you’ve heard all about the incredible display of intolerance from supporters of gay marriage.

    They’ve come to our peaceful marriage rallies in city after city to harass and intimidate us. We’ve seen men harass a nursing mother, refusing her request to feed her children in private and instead stare at her and block her ability to watch our rally from a safe distance. We’ve seen protestors draped in the rainbow flag storm the stage and scream, red-faced into the microphone to prevent our speakers from talking. We’ve seen them bait a five year old child, asking her if she’s being raised by her mother to be a bigot. We’ve even heard a gay marriage supporter threaten to kidnap a child in attendance at a rally.

    I thought I had heard and seen it all, but the radicals reached a new low yesterday in Madison, Wisconsin. NOM and its supporters gathered peacefully in Madison to pray for marriage and to stand in support of marriage remaining a sacred union between men and women.

    We were honored to have Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison address the crowd. Bishop Morlino spoke of the need to love one another even as we disagree on the issue of same-sex marriage. Yet when he led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, the gay marriage radicals screamed and booed him.

    Watch the video here.

    This is the face of intolerance. Isn’t it something when people who so loudly demand tolerance from everybody else, show such intolerance for those who simply wish to pray to God for the preservation of His sacred institution?

    The NOM Summer for Marriage Tour started out as a simple exercise to bring together supporters of marriage across the country to rally in support of an institution that we hold dear, something that has served society well since before there even was a society. And we’ve done that with hundreds of supporters across the country joining our tour, and tens of thousands joining our bus tour online.

    But something else has happened along the way — the people of America are seeing for the first time with their own eyes how radical our opponents truly are. These people who scream at our supporters, mock priests, taunt children and boo the Lord’s Prayer are the very same people who, with a straight face, promise that they would never force their values on us if America would only legalize gay marriage.

    Their lies have been laid bare for the world to see. And the world is watching it backfire on them. Last week alone, over 1.3 million people read about the gay radicals on Facebook. Millions more watched news reports and read about their antics in various news publications. Today in St. Paul, we had one of our largest rallies to date, with between 200 and 250 supporters coming out to stand for marriage. And rather than the protests dampening turnout, I’ve lost count how many people have come up to me to say that they came to the rally because they saw the videos of the protestors and are more determined than ever to stand up for marriage.

    To say that the display of anger and intolerance has been a public relations disaster for the gay marriage movement is the understatement of the century. That’s why two gay marriage groups yesterday attempted embarrassing efforts at “spin control” to try to deflect the public’s attention away from what is happening at the marriage rallies.

    Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement claiming the Summer for Marriage tour was an elaborate stunt designed to draw “lawful protestors” who are wrongly being portrayed by “made-up stories of as harassment.” Their problem, of course, is the video evidence that we have of screaming gay marriage radicals storming the podium and harassing nursing mothers and booing a Catholic Bishop leading a group in the Lord’s Prayer.

    Do these look like “made up stories of harassment” to you? Unfortunately for the Human Rights Campaign, these are the faces of what the future will look like for anyone who opposes same-sex marriage. Groups like HRC and their supporters will use the full force of the law — lawsuits, legislation, regulations and even public intimidation and harassment — to force their vision and values on the American people. This is becoming more and more clear to America with every passing tour stop.

    The group “Freedom to Marry” issued their own statement yesterday, but they apparently forgot to coordinate their message of the day with HRC. Instead of accusing us of “made up stories of harassment” this group showed a repulsive picture of someone whose sign featured a noose, implying that homosexuals should be put to death. They went on to “demand” that NOM repudiate this “incitement to violence.” We’d treat this call seriously if it weren’t such a contrived stunt.

    First of all, NOM has already repudiated this display of intolerance — and did so on the spot (not through a press release). We demanded this individual to take down his sign, because it was inconsistent with NOM’s aims, methods, and message: We come together in love to support marriage as one man and one woman.

    Second, at every rally we make it clear that our fight is not with gay Americans, it is with a bad idea. The Lord teaches us that we are to love all His children. We approach the issue of marriage from the perspective of love. You can watch video of NOM’s Chair, Maggie Gallagher, making this point here.

    Our opponents are becoming more and more desperate as they watch their carefully scripted narrative of same-sex marriage crumble before the eyes of the American people.

    We need your help to continue our successful Summer for Marriage tour and to continue to publicize this issue. If the tour is coming to a city near you, please come to show your support. We need all our supporters to rally around the cause, especially in these trying times. Visit http://www.marriagetour2010.com for all the latest tour information.

    We also need your financial help to continue the tour. This is a costly and difficult tour to organize and implement. We have to feed, house and transport staff and volunteers in nearly two-dozen cities — not to mention the cost of preparing, securing and keeping the bus and support vehicles on the road for the month-long tour. Please make a special contribution today to enable us to bear all the expenses of this historic tour.

    There’s no doubt that God is working a wondrous thing with the Summer for Marriage tour. We are changing hearts and minds across America. People are rallying to our side. Please keep us in your prayers, and remember us with a financial gift as well.

    May God bless you and your family.

    Faithfully,

    Brian S. Brown
    President
    National Organization for Marriage
    2029 K Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20006
    bbrown@nationformarriage.org
    Contributions or gifts to the National Organization for Marriage, a 501(c)(4) organization with QNC status, are not tax-deductible. The National Organization for Marriage does not accept contributions from business corporations, labor unions, foreign nationals, or federal contractors; however, it may accept contributions from federally registered political action committees. Donations may be used for political purposes such as supporting or opposing candidates. No funds will be earmarked or reserved for any political purpose.

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  • 19. Ann S.  |  July 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

    First! Wait, really?

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    • 20. Ann S.  |  July 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

      Clearly not!

      Reply
  • 21. Alyson  |  July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Are they really??? Going to get away with this s&$@??

    They absolutely did NOT – remove the noose guys sign from that rally and did support him.

    Why am I still so shocked that people who cloak themselves in god and love talk can be this blatantly manipulative. Does anyone think the courts will buy their doctored videos to give them exemptions to public disclosures for this. I know they got the prop 8 trial blocked with a bunch of unresearched unsubstantiated claims. Maybe olsen and Boise will be ready for them next time with counter video we can offer.

    Soooooo sad.

    Reply

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