The National Organization for Marriage is apparently sending out robocalls in Masschusetts smearing a pro-LGBT Democratic Senate candidate for supporting same-sex marriage and encouraging a vote for the Republican nominee in an upcoming election.
A supporter of Democratic candidate Martha Coakley recently relayed to DC Agenda a message from someone who said they received a robocall from NOM that attacks Coakley for her views on marriage and encourages a vote for Republican candidate and state Sen. Scott Brown:
Our household just got an automated call from the “National Organization for Marriage,” with a 202 area code. The auto call features a male voice, which is clearly a recording, asking if you support marriage as being only between a man and a woman. If you say “yes,” then the voice urges you to vote for Scott Brown as the only candidate with a proven record of supporting marriage as between a man and a woman. The call says that his opponent is a “radical” supporter of same-sex marriage who has opposed letting the people decide and has used taxpayer dollars to support the agenda of same-sex marriage. The call ends by asking if “we can count on you to vote for Scott Brown.” The quality of the recording is mediocre at best.
NOM didn’t immediately respond to DC Agenda’s request to confirm whether the organization was indeed sending these calls to Massachusetts residents.
It’s true that Coakley and Brown have strikingly different positions on the issue of same-sex marriage. Brown opposes same-sex marriage and in 2007 voted for an amendment that would have eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts.
By comparison, Coakley supports same-sex marriage and as attorney general has been a proponent of federal recognition for married gay couples. Last year, she filed a lawsuit on behalf on the State of Massachusetts against the Defense of Marriage Act. She’s also called for the legislative repeal of DOMA.
The two candidates are in the midst of a heated race that some pundits are calling a toss-up. The election is set for Tuesday.
UPDATE: The Coakley campaign responds to the robocalls, condemning NOM for the attacks and calling on Brown to repudiate them.
“This is the usual last-minute attack by one of the biggest anti-equality organizations in the country,” said Representative Katherine Clark, Coakley Campaign Finance Committee Co-Chair. “This just reaffirms what we already knew — Scott Brown is the favorite candidate of ultra right-wing conservatives. Marriage equality has been the law of the land in Massachusetts for nearly six years, and it’s supported by a majority of voters who know first-hand that the sky hasn’t fallen just because we have marriage equality.”
The Brown campaign hasn’t yet responded to DC Agenda’s request to comment on the issue.