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National Organization for Marriage trying to raise money in Iowa
Just days before its planned rally at the state Capitol in opposition to same-sex marriage, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is robocalling Iowans soliciting donations.
Peter Hussman of the Newton Independent (no affiliation with this site) reports that the money will be used to help oust lawmakers and judges who do not oppose same-sex marriages.
The pre-recorded message states that NOM has received a challenge grant of up to $2 million and is working to raise matching funds.
The New Jersey-based group is planning to rally from 2 to 3 p.m. at the state Capitol in Des Moines on Sunday. Immediately following the rally, LGBT-rights group One Iowa will also rally just a few blocks away at Western Gateway Park. NOM also plans to hold an event in Sioux City a few days later.
At most of NOM’s stops on its 22-city “Summer for Marriage” tour, protesters have been far outnumbered by counter protesters who support legalized same-sex marriage. At it’s rally in Indianapolis, Ind., a sign proclaiming that the “solution for gay marriage” was gay and lesbian people being put to death garnered a lot of attention, prompting the LGBT-rights group Freedom to Marry to immediately called for NOM to disavow the message.
NOM announced last year that it would launch a new initiative called The Reclaim Iowa Project. The goal is to force Iowans to pass a state constitutional amendment reversing the unanimous ruling of the Iowa Supreme Court that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged his support for the initiative and lent his voice to a robocall for the organization.
Later, the organization spent nearly $100,000 into an Iowa House special election in September. It also targeted 33 members of the Iowa House with an e-mail campaign hoping to convince them to allow a vote on a constitutional amendment. The effort failed to garner enough support to force a vote on the issue.