Group pledges $250,000 to defeat any Illinois GOP legislator who votes for gay marriage

The group is called the National Organization for Marriage, which describes itself this way:

 [NOM] a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource for marriage-related initiatives at the state and local level.

For that, it is called  "virulently anti-gay" by Rights Equals Rights, a group devoted to exposing contributors to groups supporting traditional, heterosexual marriage.

Here is what NOM is pledging to help their the fight in Illinois:

"Any Republican in Illinois who betrays the cause of marriage will be casting a career-ending vote and will be held accountable to their constituents," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "We will spend whatever it takes—hundreds of thousands of dollars if necessary—to remove them from office, just as we did three of the four turncoat Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for gay 'marriage' passing there. We will not hesitate to support pro-family Democrats to replace them, as our record in New York proves."

As is NOM's right.

NOM has found its way onto Right Equals Rights' "Dishonor Roll," which lists numerous "anti-gay" organizations, such as the U.S. Conference of Bishops. If you would study the bishop's position on the matter, you might agree with me that Right Equals Rights has gone overboard. Then again, you might have already closed your mind and convinced yourself that anyone who disagree with you is a hateful bigot.

Right Equals Rights also helps publicize pro-same-sex-marriage advocacy, such as this press release that they sent out today:

 Gay City News Reports on New Direction of Amway Boycott
Two Cosmetic Brands, Saks and Bergdorf's Targeted

Rights Equal Rights is going after two popular Amway owned cosmetic brands, Laura Mercier and RéVive, which are sold in retail stores all over the world.
We have asked Saks and Bergdorf Goodman (owned by Neiman Marcus), which carry both cosmetic lines, to STOP selling Laura Mercier and RéVive (full story below) or:CLICK HERE Both stores have refused.Saks and Neiman Marcus / Bergdorf Goodman have abysmal ratings on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index.  Saks is a ZERO out of 100 and Neiman-Marcus is a 15 out of 100.  This is compared to Nordstrom’s at 100 and Macy’s at 90.  Because of our outreach to Saks it is now working with the HRC to get its rating up.  Neiman Marcus is apparently not concerned about its embarrassingly low score.

Rights Equal Rights called for a boycott of all Amway products because its owners, the DeVos family, gave the virulently anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) $500,000.  The DeVos contribution looks to be the largest family contribution received by NOM to date.

NOM has its own boycott effort going too, against Starbucks. Here's why:

We are urging customers across the globe to 'Dump Starbucks' because it has taken a corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex marriage should become equally 'normal'. As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers.

On January 24th, 2012, Starbucks issued a memorandumdeclaring that same-sex marriage 'is core to who we are and what we value as a company.

Starbucks also used its resources to participate in a legal case seeking to overturn a federal law declaring marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

I like my local Caribou coffee shop better than Starbucks anyway, and I'm glad that it's staying open.


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