I think the National Organization for Marriage has tipped its hand by endorsing a Democrat who is strongly supportive of LGBT equality over a Republican who actually is gay. That’s exactly what they’ve done in a Massachusetts race for the U.S. House of Representatives.
It’s not every day that the anti-same sex marriage National Organization for Marriage endorses a Democrat over a Republican, but that’s exactly what happened in the race between Democrat Seth Moulton and former Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who is openly gay.
To be clear, Moulton (pictured), does not oppose gay marriage, as the Metro Weekly’s Justin Snow noted. Moulton, in response, rejected NOM’s endorsement.
“Seth Moulton fundamentally disagrees with everything NOM stands for and has long said that equality is the civil rights fight of our generation,” Moulton communications director Carrie Rankin told MetroWeekly…Tisei is one of a number of openly gay Republicans NOM has targeted recently. Brian Brown, the president of NOM, has also encouraged supporters to back Moulton over Tisei. In a fundraising email he said that it’s better to support Moulton than to have a gay Republican in Congress who opposes “the values of marriage, family, and life” that is the core of the Republican Party’s platform.
So when it comes to voting, it doesn’t matter to them where a candidate stands on the issues, it only matters whether they’re straight or gay. The mere fact of being gay, in their view, makes someone unqualified to hold public office. But no, they’re not motivated by bigotry or anything.