National Organization for Marriage plans gay marriage ban road trip
The National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage group, has announced a 6,000-mile, 23-state road trip by bus aimed at
informing scaring folks about the evil conspiracy to force same-sex marriage on us poor, unsuspecting trolls. And, oh happy day, they're planning some stops in Minnesota: July 28 in St. Paul, July 29 in St. Cloud and July 30 in Rochester.
A pro-gay marriage group, Freedom to Marry, promises a counter attack.
NOM is the same bunch we told you about a few weeks ago; it accused DFL candidates for governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Matt Entenza, Mark Dayton, and IPer Tom Horner, of threatening to "impose" gay marriage on the state. (What the candidates actually said was that they would sign a marriage equality bill if they were elected governor,and if such a bill were ever to pass the legislature via the democratic process.)
For those wanting to engage NOM, the group conveniently posts all its scripted Marriage Talking Points for supporters -- don't forget the handy 3x5 cards! -- right here.
Language to avoid at all costs: "Ban same-sex marriage." Our base loves this wording. So do supporters of SSM. They know it causes us to lose about ten percentage points in polls. Don't use it. Say we're against "redefining marriage" or in favor or "marriage as the union of husband and wife" NEVER "banning same-sex marriage."
This from an organization that says it was founded to provide "an organized opposition to same-sex marriage."
Not a ban on same-sex marriage, you understand. No no no. "An organized opposition" to outlaw same-sex marriage. It's different. Really. Just ask them.
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