A Democratic mayoral candidate claimed yesterday he received three death threats after an anti-gay marriage group endorsed his candidacy.
Erick Salgado, a socially conservative minister and long-shot candidate, told reporters at a Staten Island mayoral forum Monday night that he was the victim of three emailed death threats after the National Organization for Marriage, a group dedicated to fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage, endorsed him last week.
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Frank Schubert, political director of the National Organization for Marriage, says the Obama campaign’s newly created LGBT task force is dead wrong to dismiss polls indicating the president’s support for gay marriage could hurt his chances in November. Earlier today, the leadership of Obama Pride said they weren’t concerned about a poll showing voters in Florida, a key swing state, are less likely to support for President Obama because of his recent endorsement of same sex marriage. Mr. Schubert said NOM, one of the leading opponents of gay marriage, believes the Sunshine State poll is just the tip of the iceberg.
“That’s wishful thinking on their part,” he told us. “You saw the numbers themselves, the Quinnipiac poll showed about a quarter of people are going to vote against him for this thing. That’s a big problem and I
think he’s going to have a problem in a number of swing states.”
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, is not pleased about President Barack Obama’s support for the legalization of same sex marriage. Soon after the president made his announcement this afternoon, Mr. Brown issued a statement vowing that “pro-marriage Americans will defeat Obama this November for abandoning marriage.”
“President Obama has now made the definition of marriage a defining issue in the presidential contest, especially in swing states like Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Nevada,” Mr. Brown said. “God is the author of marriage, and we will not let an activist politician like Barack Obama who is beholden to gay marriage activists for campaign financing to turn marriage into something political that can be redefined according to presidential whim.”
National Organization for Marriage, which spent more than $25,000 on independent expenditures for Republican candidate David Storobin in his tight special election last night, is cheering his narrow 120 vote lead for the State Senate in southeastern Brooklyn.
“One thing is certain—supporting same-sex marriage is a loser,” the president of the organization, Brian Brown, said in a statement today. He then referenced Congressman Bob Turner’s upset special election victory last summer over Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, noting, “This election marks the second consecutive one where a supporter of same-sex marriage was defeated.”
The National Organization for Marriage has taken its anti-gay marriage efforts down to a local level, purchasing advertisements in the special election to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger. A reader found one of these ads in the Orthodox Jewish publication Country Yossi Magazine.
“We Need A Senator Who Supports Torah Values,” the ad’s headline reads, before going after the Democratic candidate. “Lew Fidler voted to support same-gender ‘marriage,’ a forbidden act under the Torah.”
The ad’s featured photo is the Republican candidate, attorney David Storobin, standing in between Majority Leader Dean Skelos and State Senator Marty Golden, surrounded by Rabbis. Below is a photo of Mr. Storobin with Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, who the New York Times once described as “prominent and influential.” According to the ad, Rabbi Belsky says it is forbidden “to provide public recognition or any kind of assistance to Lew Fidler … Rabbi Yisroel Belsky endorses David Storobin, who will support Torah Values.”
On Sunday afternoon, as the first day of same-sex marriages were certified at the city clerk’s office, thousands of protesters marched from the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 3rd Avenue office to the United Nations.
The protest was organized by the National Organization for Marriage, and it brought together a diverse group of opponents — every race, religion, and ethnicity was represented – but one that was often at odds with itself.
During Cuomo’s speech today, the National Organization of Marriage sent out this message:
The National Organization of Marriage today announced that it is spending $500,000 on a new ad and lobbying campaign to oppose same-sex marriage in New York and will spend $1 million to support Democratic State Legislators who cast their votes to defend the traditional definition of marriage and oppose any Republican Legislators who vote to redefine marriage.
“It’s become quite clear in recent days in New York that Governor Cuomo and same-sex marriage advocates are targeting a select number of Democrat state Senators, as well as some Republicans in their desperate attempt to coerce legislators to support their agenda,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM. “We want to be sure those courageous Democrats and Republicans who cast their vote of conscience in favor of traditional marriage will have a strong supporter if the radical gay activists come after them in their next election.”