Evan Wolfson Calls Anti-Gay Forum Appalling; “Bad Politic”
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
(Washington, D.C., November 16, 2011)
-- In response to the announcement that the so-called National Organization for Marriage will sponsor a forum with Republican presidential candidates this weekend in Des Moines, Evan Wolfson
, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement:
“It’s appalling to see Republican candidates for president trooping to
an event sponsored by an anti-gay group such as the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Presidential candidates should be working to bring our country together
to tackle the big problems we confront, not pandering to the low
agendas of organizations seeking to divide Americans and attack
families. Ironically, kowtowing to anti-gay prejudice is not just bad
policy, it is bad politic. A solid majority of Americans, including 59
percent of independent voters and 70 percent of voters between 18-34
years old, support the freedom to marry. Anti-gay groups like NOM are
out of step with Americans who understand that government has no
business putting obstacles in the path of any of us, gay or non-gay,
seeking to take care of our loved ones and make ends meet in these tough
The National Organization for Marriage is one of 18 groups the Southern Poverty Law Center profiled
last year for having “continued to pump out demonizing propaganda ” towards gay and lesbian people. Most recently, NOM poured approximately $40,000 into the Iowa special election in a failed attempt to revoke marriage legislation.
NOM is also currently under investigation or facing court battles in multiple states for flouting campaign finance laws. Four federal judges and three state boards, from California to Maine, have rejected NOM’s accusations of “harassment” by gay and lesbian advocates and determined that the organization is not exempt from state disclosure rules.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.