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NOM Sponsoring Tonight’s GOP Presidential Debate

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

NOM is among the organizations sponsoring tonight’s GOP presidential debate as part of this year’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC).

The Southern Poverty Law Center calls NOM “one of the most visible and active anti-gay marriage groups,” and says the organization propagates “known falsehoods” about LGBT people.

CNN will air the debate tonight at 8pm ET. NOM’s sponsorship represents their latest attempt to make their anti-marriage equality views – which do not enjoy broad public support – appear mainstream. In fact, it’s the latest in a string of national moves the anti-gay group is undertaking to make marriage equality more of a wedge issues with voters than it really is. A recent Facebook/Politico poll found that an overwhelming majority of South Carolina primary voters – nearly 76 percent – say the economy is far and away their top concern in Saturday’s vote. Nationally, a majority of Americans – 53 percent – support marriage equality. While a majority support marriage equality, polling shows that many are more worried about jobs and the economy, Medicare and social security, and education.

South Carolina’s primary is just one of many states where NOM is trying to appear more mainstream, despite pushing messages that aren’t palatable to majorities of Americans. They are actively engaged in fighting marriage equality in states like New Jersey, Washington and Maryland, and are vowing retribution against lawmakers in New York who supported last year’s marriage equality victory in the Empire State.

To date, NOM has poured well over $130,000 into the 2012 presidential election. Learn more through HRC’s NOM Exposed project.

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