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Cue the calliope – NOM reacts to Portman

Timothy Kincaid

March 15th, 2013

We’re quite accustomed to the National Organization for Marriage saying things that are, shall we say, creative in their approach to facts. To put it in religious terms, the like to walk by faith, not by sight.

But today’s response to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announcing his support for equality is wacky to the point of clown car, looney toons, bad 70’s Disney annimation, complete wackadoodleness.

A spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage on Friday slammed Sen. Rob Portman, who has announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his long-held opposition to the issue.

“What Mr. Portman is doing is shrinking the size of the GOP tent,” charged Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the socially conservative NOM, in an interview with POLITICO. “I think it will have huge consequences if he chooses to run again.”

Sure, maybe there on Planet Completelynutso it would shrink the tent to include the majority of people who support equality. Maybe in Delusionville it’s a smart long term plan to side with the elderly and ignore everyone under 40.

But back here in reality, I’m beginning to think that Thomas Peters is in the market for a good tinfoil hat.



March 15th, 2013 | LINK

In an interview from a few Years ago. TP remarked that his extended family told him that they knew his parent were crazy but they didn’t know he was too. I have also heard him speak several times about how do deal with thoughts about being a bad person.

What the heck drives him, He’s a desperate, lonely soul.

March 16th, 2013 | LINK

I’m sure NOM will devote — oh, $50 to unseat Portman. Because by that time, that’s all they’ll have to spare.

G.I. Joe
March 16th, 2013 | LINK

Again with the vaguely sexual metaphors that indicates these people have sex on their mind 24/7.

March 16th, 2013 | LINK

Sen. Portman made his decision from a more important angle than the Republican “tent.” He made his decision in light of his relationship with his son.

Please note, I am not giving my opinion on Portman’s decision itself or about gay marriage. I am simply saying that public leaders who put their family first says something good to me. If a disagreement over Portman’s personal change of heart and support for one public policy issue can shove people out of a political “tent” … maybe they need to go.

Eric in Oakland
March 16th, 2013 | LINK


I think you make a very good point about public leaders putting family first. It is highly hypocritical that anti-gay groups publicize themselves as being “pro-family”, but when a politician acts in a way that shows support for his actual real family (as opposed to “family” in the nonexistant abstract), they condemn him for it. I wish that reporters would challenge them on this point. Anytime one of them criticizes a public figure for supporting a gay family member the media needs to ask them “I thought your position was pro-family?”

March 16th, 2013 | LINK

You’re right, Randy. My chief complaint up until now was that all these GOP changes of heart occurred after the person in question had become irrelevant politically. Well, this guy apparently was on Romney’s short list. And he might very well have been considering running himself in 2016, and there’s no way he’d win now. He chose family first, and no one can say it was a political calculation. That’s truly commendable. His son is very lucky.

March 16th, 2013 | LINK

*“What Mr. Portman is doing is shrinking the size of the GOP tent,” charged Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the socially conservative NOM…*

I hope Mr. Peters will be kind enough to inform us when the GOP has been shrunk enough that some one will be able to drown it in a bathtub. Or maybe that will be the Newtster’s job.

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