January 18, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
NOM e-mail blast urges vote for Brown in Mass. election

The National Organization for Marriage on Monday sent out an e-mail blast to supporters encouraging a vote for Republican Scott Brown because of the candidate’s history of opposition to same-sex marriage.

Apparently following up on reported anti-gay robocalls the organization sent out to Massachusetts residents over the weekend,  NOM’s e-mail urges a vote for Brown in the Tuesday special election that will determine who will succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.

“Tomorrow’s special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts could be a game-changer when it comes to protecting marriage in Washington, DC!” the email states. “If you live in Massachusetts or know anyone who does, please do whatever you can to help get people to the polls to help Scott Brown pull off an amazing upset in the race for U.S. Senate!”

NOM calls Brown “one of a courageous few” who as state senator in 2007 voted in favor of an amendment that would have ended same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The e-mail refers to Democratic candidate and state Attorney General Martha Coakley as “a radical same-sex marriage activist” and criticizes her for last year filing a federal lawsuit against part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

NOM says it contributed $50,000 in independent expediture to Brown’s campaign in the past several days. DC Agenda couldn’t immediately confirm whether NOM in fact contributed this amount to the Republican candidate.

“Scott Brown may be on the verge of becoming the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts since 1972,” the e-mail states. ”More importantly, his election would help protect DOMA and send a resounding message to the pro-same-sex marriage leadership in Washington.”

“And if a Republican can win in Massachusetts (or even come close!) how many red-state Democrats would be willing to put their seats on the line by voting to repeal DOMA in an election year?” the e-mail continues.

While NOM suggests a vote to repeal DOMA could take place in Congress this year, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the sponsor of legislation that would overturn the law, told DC Agenda last month repeal wouldn’t legislatively happen in 2010 and that the earliest it would take place would be at the end of the next Congress.

NOM sends this e-mail blast to supporters after a number of LGBT advocates blasted Brown for his record on LGBT issues. The advocates expresssed their views in a joint statement DC Agenda received on Sunday.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), a gay lawmaker in the U.S. House, said “it’s important for people to know about the underground right-wing campaign Scott Brown is running.”

“His plan is to benefit from the support of the most active, extreme conservatives while he falsely portrays himself as a moderate,” Frank said.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, was similarly critical of Brown and said NOM’s backing of the candidate shows his true nature.

“Make no mistake — Scott Brown is an anti-equality candidate showing his true colors by aligning his election prospects with the National Organization for Marriage,” Solmonese said. “NOM wouldn’t be calling into Massachusetts if it weren’t convinced that Brown will continue … his anti-equality record in the Senate.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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