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NOM’s New York Plan: A Non-Starter

Fresh off their big loss in New York, NOM is unrolling their “three phase plan” for reversing last week’s historic marriage equality victory. From their blog:

We're putting together a 4-year campaign strategy that will reverse same-sex marriage in New York. We'll have many more details, and ways for you to get involved, in the days ahead but the overall plan will have three phases:

PHASE 1: Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

PHASE 2: Protect pro-marriage candidates in the 2014 elections, so that the amendment can receive final legislative approval in the 2015 legislative session.

PHASE 3: Successfully pass the ballot measure when it goes before voters in November 2015.

Let’s be clear - NOM is spinning their wheels. A bipartisan supermajority of New Yorkers support marriage equality today. Four years from now- when NOM hopes to reverse marriage equality through a ballot initiative-- this supermajority in the Empire State will only be stronger and more bipartisan. Americans move in one direction on this issue - toward equality, not away from it. The ship has sailed.

Time is also NOM's enemy. As thousands of committed gay and lesbian couples marry over the next four years, the country will see that we are no different and want the same thing: to make the lifelong commitment to the person we love and to protect our families.

NOM's plan again underscores how far out of the mainstream they are. It's not easy to let go of anti-gay animus.

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