No sooner had marriage equality been voted into law in New York on June 24, 2011, than the evil anti-gay-rights bigots of the National Organization for Marriage — and of the Westborough Baptist Church — started plotting protests for the first day marriage licenses would be issued on July 24 that year.
Though it remains disturbing that NOM sponsors anti-gay hate rallies where its selected speakers yell through megaphones that homosexuals are “worthy to death,” Westborough and NOM looked like total jackasses protesting on the first day of equality in New York.
A crucial part of the NOM plot was to unseat all four Republican New York State Senators who voted for equality.
NOM bigot Maggie Gallagher went on David Barton’s radio show, getting him so riled up that he called for the Republican equality supporters’ bloody scalps to be hung over the gallery rail as a warning to others.
That Gallagher keeps that particular class of company does little to keep her from looking like a lying, hate-mongering bigot.
Primary season has now come and gone.
Of the four Republican equality supporters, three ran for re-election.
Saland won his primary.
Senator McDonald lost by a hair.
The upshot of this, is that NOM pounded on their bigot war drums, snarled and hate-mongered and begged for gay-bashing blood money all over the world trying to undo equality in New York, yet it was not successful in moving the needle so much as one nanomeasure backwards.
Equality is here to stay in New York State, and there is literally nothing the NOM bigots can do about it. A case NOM allies tried to bring against New York equality got thrown out of court.
Republican Senator Dean Skelos, Majority Leader of the New York State Senate has been the special guest at fund-raising events held by the Log Cabin Republicans, honoring him for his role in getting equality passed. The New York State Republican Party has less than no interest in attempting to undo equality. The lone NOM-backed Republican who won on a bigot platform — Kathy Marchione — therefore would have nothing to gain by making rolling back gay rights an issue in her general election campaign. In fact, her campaign site’s issues page says absolutely nothing about marriage equality that is relevant to the general election.
Meanwhile, NOM’s demented bigot dream of a federal constitutional amendment discriminating against gays in marriage appears about to evaporate.
Their bigot knight in tarnished armor, Mitt Romney, who signed their malicious anti-gay-rights pledge, recently tried to lead a sparse group of observers in Ohio in a “Romney, Ryan” chant, in which exactly nobody joined. Seeing that pathetic spectacle, TV host Joe Scarborough put his face in his palms and wearily exclaimed “Sweet Jesus.” In that connection, an ever-increasing number of faith leaders are speaking up for equality.
With each passing day, more and more New Yorkers and Americans understand that one had best “Just say no!” to NOM’s throwback, ugly gay-bashing bigotry.
New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-interest by-line has appeared on Advocate.com, PoliticusUSA.com, The New York Blade, Queerty.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.
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