US: National Organisation for Marriage threatens to cut ties with Republican party
The anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage has threatened to throw its weight behind a third party, unless Republicans do more to oppose gay rights.
The group was responding to a call from failed Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who warned this week: “I’m utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue.
“If Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and abdicate on this issue and while you’re at it go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter either. Because at that point, you’ll lose me.
“I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this.”
NOM leader Brian Brown said: “Governor Huckabee is right. If more Republican leaders do not speak up and join the fight, then millions of conservatives will abandon them and join with officials who will fight.
“Marriage is on the line in our country, and it’s time for people to get off the bench and into the battle.”
The anti-gay leader also called for the party to stop backing openly gay candidates like Carl DeMaio, saying: “NOM has joined with other groups to actively campaign against Carl DeMaio and Richard Tisei… because they are antithetical to the Republican platform and GOP principles.
“We refuse to follow the leaders in Washington as if we were sheep expected to dutifully support candidates whose positions are an insult to conservatives and will severely damage the nation.”
The National Organisation for Marriage has a long-standing association with the Republican party, with dozens of high-profile Republican speakers attending their failed ‘March for Marriage’ protest earlier this year.