NOM’s Anti-Poverty Plan: Stop Same-Sex Marriage
September 19, 2011 5:27 pm ET by Carlos Maza
At the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), poverty reduction has become a prop to be used in the fight against marriage equality.
In May, NOM criticized New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s effort to pass a state marriage equality law, arguing that he was wasting time that he should have spent helping New York’s poor and reviving the state’s economy:
This is sad for New Yorkers, because they need a governor who's totally focused on taming the budget and reviving the economy.
Now, NOM has explained what a governor should do to fight poverty: oppose same-sex marriage and “support ... traditional marriage.”
In a September 16 Daily Caller column – promoted on NOM’s blog – NOM chairwoman Maggie Gallagher railed against Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for failing to support “traditional marriage” as part of his poverty-fighting agenda:
Democratic Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is working to improve his state’s numbers on poverty, education, crime and employment, but he says Maryland can’t effectively reduce out-of-wedlock births or divorces.
“It makes little sense to claim you care about educational failure, violence and poverty, and then say you don’t care about people getting and staying married,” countered Maggie Gallagher, founder of the National Organization for Marriage. Lack of support for traditional marriage, she said, “is the source of a huge part of these problems in Maryland.” [emphasis added]
According to Gallagher, the effort to let gays and lesbians marry is somehow connected to (if not responsible for) the economic impact that failed heterosexual relationships have had on Maryland’s economy:
“It is sad the the only thing the governor wants to do for marriage is redefine it by cutting it off from its roots” in child-rearing, said Gallagher.
It’s difficult to understand why the governor won’t aid child-rearing marriage, she said, when he’s already using government to tell “people what to do and think on many programs.”
In other words, the best way to combat the economic side effects of single parenting is to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry (thus dooming them to be forever ‘single’ in the eyes of the law).