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Anti-gay-marriage group opens DC offices

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The “National Organization for Marriage” says it’s going to start living up to its name – and focusing its attention on protecting the federal Defense of Marriage Act – in addition to fighting against gay marriage on the state level.

The National Organization for Marriage made a name for itself last year in the battle to repeal California’s gay marriage law. It drew headlines earlier this year for its much-parodied “gathering storm” ad – and has been one of the driving forces behind the push for a so-called “people’s veto” of the recently passed gay marriage bill in Maine.

Now, the group says it’s opening up an office in the nation’s capital – it says to help fend off efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. There are four federal challenges to DOMA moving through the court system – one of which was filed earlier this month by the state of Massachusetts. National Organization for Marriage Executive Director Brian Brown said in a statement “We felt NOM needed to be here in D.C. to make the voice of the majority heard.”

But California Gay Activist Fred Karger says the group opening an office in DC raises questions about where NOM is getting its money. He told On-Top Magazine “I am continually amazed at how a two person organization like NOM can spend over 6 million dollars to fight marriage equality in 6 states and now in Washington D.C.,” Karger says he suspects the Mormon Church is – in his words – “using NOM as their front group.”

Brian Brown told OutQ News “if some Mormons want to donate to us, we welcome that” – and called Karger’s allegation “absurd.”

–Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

July 21, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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