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Solmonese Blasts NOM for Misleading New Hampshirites with Stolen Photo

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Recently, Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good As You exposed the fervently anti-LGBT group The National Organization for Marriage for their blatant misrepresentation of a photo on their New Hampshire website.  The photo, which shows a large crowd of people at a rally, is no doubt intended to paint a picture of support for their position against marriage equality in New Hampshire.  However, the photo is really of a crowd at a Barack Obama campaign event in Ohio. 

Currently in New Hampshire, opponents of marriage equality are fighting to do away with the state's 2009 same-sex marriage law.  However, according to recent polling, 62% of Granite Staters oppose these efforts.  Read Joe's letter to NOM below: 

Dear Mr. Brown:
Your organization has sunk to a new level of deception by manipulating photographs from an Obama campaign event in Ohio to trick Granite Staters into believing support for the National Organization for Marriage is much greater than it really is.  And while I know that NOM has never been above misleading the public to further its cause, this new phoniness is an example of just how far you will go to make people believe your pursuit – the denial of equal treatment under the law -- is supported by New Hampshire voters and Americans in general.
There’s no mistaking the facts: 62 percent of Granite Staters oppose repealing marriage equality. In addition, polls reflect that a majority of Americans support marriage equality nationwide.  And it’s no secret that support is growing as Americans from all walks of life come to the understanding that all that gay and lesbian families seek is to have our love and commitment recognized and legally protected.  Yet NOM futilely and painstakingly attempts to convince otherwise. 
The fact that you had to “steal a crowd” from someone else’s event to create the illusion that people support your cause is evidence that you and your cohorts are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel. 
Americans want the truth.  And the truth is voters in New Hampshire want the legislature to leave the popular marriage law alone and focus on the economy and budget matters.
Joe Solmonese

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