The National Organization for Marriage has committed to another campaign of vengeance against any Republican lawmakers in Illinois that votes to support marriage equality. According to a press release today, NOM has committed $250,000 toward a state PAC dedicated to defeating pro-equality Republicans:
“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 usual, NOM grossly distorts its campaign in New York. Not only did its vengeance campaign make no impact on marriage equality in the state, two of the three Republicans who were replaced lost to pro-equality Democrats, not “pro-family Democrats” as Brown implies.
NOM also called for the resignation of Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady to resign, deeming him “unfit to continue” in his position because he is supporting marriage equality. The Illinois Family Institute’s president David E. Smith went a step farther, publishing Brady’s personal cell phone number on Facebook and inviting followers to harass him into stepping down. These petty bullying tactics show that anti-gay groups will sink to any low if they cannot win on the merits of their position — suggesting a resignation that they’ve already lost.