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Courage and HRC to Carly Fiorina: Condemn NOM’s fringe agenda

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The Courage Campaign and HRC released a new ad today asking Californians to call senate candidate Carly Fiorina and demand she reject the extremism of NOM – one of her campaign’s biggest financial backers. The ad – running in the LA Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle – features disturbing clips of NOM supporters from rallies, in which they can be seen and heard calling for the murder of gays and lesbians.

Check out the full ad and share it to help us spread the message:

Fiorina recently refused to condemn a Spanish-language NOM-backed ad supporting her, despite labeling the ad’s content as false. It’s no surprise -– NOM has poured more than $220,000 into expenditures supporting her campaign. But confronted with the hateful messages of NOM’s supporters, will Fiorina do the right thing or continue bowing to special interest dollars from outside of the state?

UPDATE: Here are excerpts from our press release:

“Californians deserve to know the truth about the out-of-state extremist group that’s allied itself with Carly Fiorina,” said Courage Campaign Chairman and Founder Rick Jacobs. “Time and again, the National Organization for Marriage has shown itself to be one of the most toxic elements in the political process, willing to use any means, — including tolerance of hate speech and refusal to comply with federal tax and election laws — to advance an agenda that advocates discrimination against millions of loving families and promotes an environment that leads LGBT teens to take their own lives.”

“Will Carly Fiorina continue to associate herself with a radical fringe group like the National Organization for Marriage, or will she reject the anti-gay animus NOM stands for?” asked Joe Solmonese, HRC president

The ad also highlights NOM’s ongoing legal problems, which include refusing to comply with the election and disclosure laws of nearly a half dozen states, including California, as well as funneling charitable resources into political campaigns. The latter was the subject of a September 20th story in the Washington Independent, as well as an IRS complaint that the Human Rights Campaign and Courage Campaign filed against NOM’s San Diego based tax-exempt arm, called the Ruth Institute, last week.


  • 1. Lee  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:06 am

    First? XD

    I'll be linking from FB and other sites to help spread the word.

  • 2. Rhie  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Good for you. Tthis neatly answers the question that certain people have about whether anti-gay activists actually want to LGBT dead.

  • 3. AndrewPDX  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:07 am

    <cite>Will Fiorina do the right thing or continue bowing to special interest dollars from outside of the state?</cite>

    From what I know of her track record to date, she doesn't care about doing the right thing, only the profitable (for herself) thing.

    Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

  • 4. Paula  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

    my thoughts exactly.

    and i'm skeptical any politician — particularly one as ruthless as fiorina — is going to piss off a group that has contributed $220,000 to her campaign.

  • 5. Sagesse  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Given the amount of third party spending on behalf of candidates, have there been instances where the candidate has repudiated the messages being broadcast on his/her behalf? I can think of a couple, but certainly don't get the sense it is common.

  • 6. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

  • 7. Ronnie  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:30 am


  • 8. Ann S.  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:30 am


  • 9. Ann S.  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:30 am

  • 10. JonT  |  October 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

  • 11. Alan E.  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

    I need more to read later.

  • 12. Justin  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

    California is not the Bible Belt, which is why Fiorina avoided Sarah Palin's endorsement like the plague. The NOM association can only further hurt her chances of winning. I say good. We don't need this disgraceful corporate vampire in the Senate.

  • 13. fiona64  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:35 am


  • 14. StraightForEquality  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:49 am

    + another.

  • 15. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

  • 16. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:03 am

    military says the will obey the law, presently accepting openly gay recruits, wooot woot wooot,

    has Judge Philips made her decision about the stay??

  • 17. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Nothing's gone on the docket yet.

  • 18. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

    that's a bold statement, very affirming,, the military says they will obey the law, and thanks to Omar for tesing the waters, the order has been sent to accept gay applicants, (with the caution of course) but in the mean time , it's like a done deal, military obeys the law, law says no discrimination, and the order has been sent top down……………just a small step to nudge them in that direction.

  • 19. Anonygrl  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:12 am

    If the Pentagon says that the military must accept openly gay applicants, does that not effectively put the issue to rest? How can they continue to argue that there should be a delay in allowing ALREADY SERVING soldiers the right to be open, if they are accepting NEW ONES who are?

  • 20. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:14 am

    The military is complying with the injunction from the Phillips court. That doesn't mean they won't go back to enforcing DADT if the injunction is listed through a stay or reversal.

  • 21. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

    That should read "if the injunction is lifted" (not "listed")

  • 22. Carol  |  October 19, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Exactly! They are able to obey the law as it is at this moment i.e., not discharging gay members and accepting gay recruits. As far as I can see, these actions pretty much invalidate the administration's argument that the military needs a stay of Judge Phillips's judgment because they need time to end DADT in an "orderly" way.

    No they don't. They are doing the job very well in this piecemeal way, and there is no reason to believe they can't figure out related issues as they go along.

    McCain has essentially said "over my dead body," so there is little reason to expect Congressional repeal of DADT anytime soon.

  • 23. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Another version:

  • 24. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:26 am

    David Mixner reports:
    "Dan Choi at this very moment is attempting to enlist in the Marines at the Times Square recruiting booth….testing the new Pentagon directive.."

  • 25. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 5:49 am

    go Dan Choi Woot Woot woot wwoooowooowoooot

    to all those in the military, he's your leader follow him hope they get line ups

  • 26. John  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:03 am

    They sure like their bus tour…maybe they had a few days left on the rental?

  • 27. Bill  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:30 am

    This whole 'bus tour' stuff is so silly.

    It's like they're the Partridge Family in 1967.

  • 28. Ronnie  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I guess NOM didn't learn from their FAIL in Iowa last time…so sad….<3…Ronnie

  • 29. John  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:03 am


  • 30. Bill  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

    National Organization for Marriage is Using Children as Political Pawns… Again.

  • 31. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Irony much?
    No Scout leadership post in NC for Mormon parents

  • 32. Bill  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I hate to say this tickles my soul.

    But unfortunately, it does.

    i AM human, after all…

  • 33. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I am pleased the parents now can feel what it is like to be discriminated against….but I feel terrible for the boys

  • 34. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 9:15 am

    let's get back to the basics, right on, Christians abide the Mormon's solidarity in hatred and adding their votes against us, but it ends there, Mormons were never considered Christian, by the major denomiinations, they better get back to figuring out whose God is leading the charge,,,,, The pope only cozied up to use them, same scenario.

    and while I'm on this subject of religious division, it's the sam with the military, the delicate issue in ending DADT is the changing of the guard, it will no longer be the Pope's christian army, it will be the American army,

  • 35. Sheryl, Mormon Mothe  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    And, Bob, that is one of the reasons that my church's involvment in the anti-gay movement by aligning with other Christian churches upset me. We know we are not considered Christian so why bother with the coalition, just organize your own members, let the others have their coalition. And, Mark M. you have a very valid point. And, as always, the children suffer in some way.

    Sheryl, Mormon Mother

  • 36. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Sheryl,, I just want to say I have very high respect for your efforts and what you are doing, it takes extreme courage , conviction, and faith, to stand up and work from the inside.

    If people had not been doing this for generations in the Episcopal church, it would not be where it is today, my mind was blown when I discovered that, some people have a calling and the gift to work on the inside, I am reminded of a few Catholic priests who risk ex-communication, but still work for justice ,

    Thank you for what you do, it is not the same as people like my mother who attend her church and follow their beliefs without question,

    your role is vital, because you start the conversation and challenge peoples minds, so when the pressue builds one day your's will be the voice of reason that speaks to those who come knocking to ask questions, challenges strengthen faith, it only diminishes unfounded beliefs, and the result is spirituality which can be celebrated by all.

    Thank you for taking the road less traveled and creating a new path, and may many follow till the path is clear.

  • 37. Joel  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:34 am

    This is WAY off topic.
    I was just watching The View, and Maria Schriver was hawking her son's bracelets supporting the fight against Alzheimer's. Wouldn't it be great to put some "It Gets Better" out there? How would I start?

  • 38. fiona64  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Okay, for some reason it is once again not allowing me to post links. Google "message bracelets"; there are a number of companies with a variety of price points. I was thinking this might be a good idea on which to coordinate with the Trevor Project, as they already have a website.


  • 39. Ed Cortes  |  October 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

    and color them purple?

  • 40. Chris From CO  |  October 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

    The maturity of the pentegon over the DADT should echo loudly to the presedent I voted for. They took the law and accepted it. I think their respect for the judges rulling shows that they serve the country with dignity. I know they have reached out to service members and families and are looking for a way to comfortably rework how the military deals with gay and lesbians in the event a repeal happened. I think there quick reponse to the recruiters displays that they have a plan. I hope over the next few weeks the DOJ and President Obama will change their plans and follow the lead of the pentagon.

  • 41. Ann S.  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I hope you're right that the Pentagon has a plan. I'm not convinced yet, myself.

    They're supposed to accept recruits who are openly gay, but tell them that the ruling could be changed.

    Then what? Somehow I doubt there are any guarantees about what happens if the ruling is overturned and they begin to enforce DADT again.

  • 42. Kathleen  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Yeah, there's nothing here to suggest there's a plan in place. The military is simply abiding by the law and respecting an injunction issued by a federal court. It would actually be really scary if they didn't — shades of military coups and all.

  • 43. Ann S.  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Yes, let's not give them more kudos than they deserve for following the law. It's not as though they have a choice under our system of law. If they choose not to abide by our system of law, then what do they think they are defending?

    That's rhetorical, please don't answer that!

  • 44. Bob  |  October 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    sorry Ann too late I already answered that question at my post #34 @ 4:15 I think it's a good question to ask who do they think or what do they think they're defending……………Church or State

  • 45. Richard A. Walter (s  |  October 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Carly Fiorina will continue to run a campaign that is as dishonest as her tenure as the leader of HP/Compaq. Anyone who wants to know about her true character has only to look at her employment with HP/Compaq and why she was fired from there. She will not do the right thing and turn down all of NOM's money, nor will she disavow any relationship with them. If she is elected, she will do everything in her power to enshrine NOM's ideology into the law at every level that is accessible to her.

  • 46. Jim  |  October 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I called Whitman's campaign number [877 664-6676] to ask about NOM's support. The friendly fellow who answered assumed I was calling because I support Meg.

    He encouraged me to visit her website. I asked him if Meg would support "the homosexual agenda." He assured me: "Not unless she gets struck by lightning."

    I assume he was referring to NOM's "The Gathering Storm" spot?

  • 47. Michael  |  October 20, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Shrill anti-gay activist Fiorina must support the radical anti-gay pressure group NOM's followers' desires to hang and murder all gay Americans. The good news is that Fiorina will not beat Boxer here in California no matter how much money NOM pours into the race in violation of Christ's commandments to help the poor and needy.

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