Thursday, April 17, 2014
The National Organization for Marriage plans to spend $500,000 this weekend in an effort to reach 10 million people before Tuesday's vote on gay marriage, the group announced today.
The robocalls will go out in Maine, Maryland, Washington, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They are targeting Maine, Maryland and Washington, because that's were voters will decide the fate of three ballot initiatives on gay marriage. They chose Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania because they are presidential swing states.
The calls will be from James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; and former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
"These calls from leaders in public life will remind voters to go to the polls, to protect marriage, and to support public officials who will do the same," Brian Brown, executive director of NOM, said in a press release. "Along with advertising and other mobilization efforts we have undertaken, which are unprecedented in their scale, we are confident that Election Day 2012 will mark a triumph for marriage and family in the United States."
National groups on both sides will continue to play an active role through Tuesday in Maine. On Thursday night, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, spoke at a pro-gay-marriage rally in Portland, as did the political director for Freedom to Marry.
Both sides have emphasized the results from Tuesday's votes as having national implications moving forward on the issue of gay marriage. Where gay marriage is legal -- six states and the District of Columbia -- it's on the books because of lawmakers or the courts, but not popular vote.Tweet
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