Stephen was silent on group's smear campaign, but will he condone their supporters' violent rhetoric against gays and lesbians?
Concord - Signs from a National Organization for Marriage rally held Monday, part of the same tour that stopped in New Hampshire earlier this month, called for the death of gay and lesbian Americans. Citing a passage from Leviticus, the sign proposed the "Solution for Gay Marriage," featuring two nooses, and reading "They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them."
In the past several months, NOM has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars from undisclosed sources to launch a misleading smear campaign against New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. In April, John Stephen was quick to support their disgraceful efforts to bolster his campaign. And NOM held a rally in Manchester on July 15th, less than two weeks ago.
"Since he began his campaign, John Stephen has issued plenty of partisan attacks but has failed to be honest with New Hampshire voters about where he stands on the National Organization for Marriage's hate agenda," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "He needs to immediately denounce this out of state hate group and their disgusting calls for the murder of American citizens."
In addition to their refusal to address the violent signs at the rally, NOM and its leadership have a long record of advocating discrimination and violence. In fact, Maggie Gallagher, the organization's President, has previously praised far right extremists who have called for the death of America's gays and lesbians.
And Orson Scott, a NOM Board member, has said that gays and lesbians do not deserve to be treated as "acceptable, equal citizens" within society, and that women are "incapable of providing the ground work for a sense of moral judgment for their children."
"The rhetoric and tactics that NOM advances have no place in New Hampshire or any where across the country," continued Kirstein. "There can be no excuse for supporting people who call for murder based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. As someone who has embraced the support of this radical organization in the past, John Stephen has a responsibility to stand-up against these tactics and urge NOM to never bring their politics of hate to the Granite State again."
A image of the sign can be found here.
Members of the National Organization of Marriage Equality Record of Spreading Hate and Supporting Discrimination:
Gallagher praised Lauren Ashley, a self proclaimed beauty queen, after she called for the death of gay citizens. "The Bible is pretty black and white.... I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that's a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life." [Fox News.com, 2/24/2010; CBS News.com, 2/23/2010]
Orson Scott, Board Member for NOM advocated disowning the United States. "If America becomes a place where the laws of the nation declare that marriage no longer exists -- which is what the Massachusetts decision actually does -- then our allegiance to America will become zero. We will transfer our allegiance to a society that does protect marriage." [Homosexual Marriage and Civilization, 2/15/2004]
Scott also said that gay and lesbian Americans do not deserve to be treaty equally with all other citizens, nor should they be protected by the same rights and freedoms. "Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books...to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society." [Hypocrites of Homosexuality]
Other notable Scott quotes include:
Women are incapable of providing 'the groundwork for a sense of moral judgment' for their children. [http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html]
Homosexuals are the result of "disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse." [http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html]
There are Three Investigations in Three Different States are Pending Against NOM
The State of Maine's Ethics Commission is Investigating NOM for Not Revealing Its Donors According to State Law. The Portland Press Herald reports, "The state ethics commission voted 3-2 today to order an investigation of the fundraising efforts by the National Organization of Marriage, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization that has given money to fight same-sex marriage in Maine. Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate filed a complaint with the commission saying the group should be required to disclose the names of donors. In response, Brian Brown, executive director of NOM, said they have not raised money specifically for Maine and therefore are not required to report individual donors." [Portland Press Herald,10/1/09]
A federal judge has ordered NOM to comply with state law.
[Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 6/8/2010; Portland Press Herald, 5/26/2010]
NOM Went to Federal Court to Try and Block the Release of Donor Information in Maine. The No on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign released the following information on NOM's latest court actions, "The NO on 1 campaign called on the Question 1 campaign to stop changing the subject and focus instead on its issues of lopsided funding by a national organization intent on hiding its donor base from the voting public. In fact, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the number one donor to the Yes campaign is in court today to stop any donor disclosure...According to Maine campaign finance reports, the Yes campaign has received more than $1.55M from the National Organization for Marriage which is essentially financing that campaign. Today, NOM is in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Maine campaign officials from asking them to reveal its individual contributors." [No on 1/Protect Maine Equality Press Release, 10/26/09]
NOM is also Suing the State of California to Try to Stop an Investigation into Its Funding of Proposition 8. According to Danielle Truszkosky, "In California, NOM lodged a lawsuit against the secretary of state, the attorney general and the five commissioners of the California Fair Political Practices Commission for allowing an investigation into the group. NOM has also initiated litigation in California that attempts to remove all disclosure of contributors to political initiatives and campaigns. Rather than comply with state and federal regulations, it seems NOM and its backers prefer to use their massive war chest to conceal records and intimidate the officials who seek to protect the citizens they represent." [South Florida Blade, 10/22/09]
Iowa is Also Investigating NOM's Participation in a 2009 Iowa Special Election. According to 365Gay.com, "Two civil rights groups in Iowa filed a letter with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board Mon., Aug. 31, requesting an investigation into the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)... On Aug. 20, NOM filed a report with the Disclosure Board indicating it had spent $86,060 in the campaign to fill a vacant seat in the state House. But the report did not report where the money came from." [365Gay.com, 9/8/09]
Maggie Gallagher has a long record of ethics violations. In 2002 and 2003 while being paid by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she wrote columns for multiple newspapers advancing Bush administration policy to spend $300 million dollars of tax payer money to prevent marriage equality. [Washington Post, 01/26/2005]