Thursday, December 3, 2009

Same Sex Marriage Foes Applaud New York Vote, Set Sights On New Jersey

The National Organization for Marriage, which adheres to the traditional view that marriage is something between a man and a woman, is relishing in the defeat of a same sex marriage bill in the New York Senate. The measure was defeated 38-to-24.

"This is a huge win," said Brian Brown, NOM executive director. "It puts the nail in the coffin on the idea that gay marriage advocates can persuade a majority of Americans their cause is just."

Brown believes the New York vote reflects the values of Americans nationwide. n July, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life issued a special report on same sex marriage which concluded that opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage have consistently outnumbered supporters, although by varying margins at different points in time.

Meanwhile, The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, is expressing disappointment over the vote - one that its president - Joe Solmonese - calls "a vote against equal treatment for all New York families."

"Today's vote is a vote against equal treatment for all New York families," he said. "The Senate voted to continue to impose tangible, unacceptable harms on same-sex couples and their families.

NOM was on the forefront of the campaign to defeat the New York same sex marriage view, spending some $600,000 in dvertizing, automated calling and other voter outreach.

The organization is now concentrating on New Jersey where a similar bill is winding its way through the state legislature. The fate of that bill - if it passes - rests on when it lands on the governor's desk. Governor Jon Corzine, a Democrat, says he will sign it into law. But if it isn't passed until he leaves office in January, Governor-elect Chris Christie, a Republican and a practicing Catholic, says he will veto it.

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