NOM's Deep Pockets

Marriage foes funding local anti-equality candidate

by Yusef Najafi
Published on June 17, 2010, 11:58am | Comments

The Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance (GLAA) alerted D.C. voters this week that Robert "Bob" King of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5A has received a total of $60,900 from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an organization fighting marriage equality around the country, which relocated its headquarters to D.C. from Princeton, N.J., last summer.

The funds have been listed as being ''for [flier] distribution in connection with the upcoming D.C. primary election.''

NOM also opposes Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the majority of councilmembers who voted to make marriage equality a reality earlier this year.

One of King's supporters is Bishop Harry Jackson, who led the opposition against marriage equality in D.C.

''It is useful to get this latest reminder that Bob King and Harry Jackson are doing the bidding of radical-right groups from outside the District of Columbia,'' a June 11 post on the GLAA Forum blog states. ''Those groups have no interest in helping District voters solve real problems related to jobs, housing, health care, crime, and education — but only in exploiting social divisions.''