In an election year relatively devoid of LGBT campaign issues, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) — a conservative group that lobbies against marriage equality — has launched a new attack ad against New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D), who last year signed a law legalizing same-sex marriages in the state. The ad alleges that Lynch broke his promise on taxes, prison reform and same-sex marriage, the latter of which has now allowed him to raise “thousands” form “out-of-state gay marriage activists“:
ANNOUNCER: And gay marriage?
LYNCH: I do not support gay marriage.
ANNOUNCER: Lynch signed gay marriage into law and now he’s raising thousands from out-of-state gay marriage activists. John Lynch has changed but not for the better.
Lynch’s campaign claims that the governor simply listened to the needs of his constituents, 55 percent of whom now say they support same-sex marriage (despite efforts by conservatives to repeal the law.) But it’s an interesting commentary on the state of anti-gay activism when NOM — which has fared horribly in recent elections — is forced to pair its ‘traditional marriage’ message with an economic/spending package (i.e. something voters actually care about).