What do you do with an employee who failed to stop Washington state from becoming one of the first in the nation to approve a marriage equality law at the ballot box in 2012, and then in 2013 failed to stop the passage of another marriage equality law in his own home state of Rhode Island?
If you’re National Organization for Marriage, you promote him to spokesman for your entire organization.
In an article yesterday about county clerks granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Reuters identifies Christopher Plante as “spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage”.
Mr. Plante has most recently served as deputy campaign manager of NOM’s Preserve Marriage Washington, and executive director of NOM in Rhode Island.
I don’t see momentum for redefining marriage. Rhode Island is not that big a deal. It’s a deep blue state and one of the least religious in the union, despite its high Catholic population.
As I wrote in response at the time, “Apparently the joke is on anyone who gave time or treasure to National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island, the group that has spent the past five years trying to block passage of Rhode Island’s new marriage equality law. …Besides being a slap in the face to NOM-RI’s supporters (the word ‘chump’ comes to mind), it is an especially astonishing comment considering that Rhode Island is the only state in which NOM established a regional office.”
What a choice for spokesman.
Overall, NOM lost four of five ballot measures in 2012 (WA, MN, MD, ME) and so far has lost three of three legislative battles in 2013 (RI, DE, MN). Yet it keeps deploying the same employees who repeat the same losing rhetoric and tactics: Chris Plante, communications director Frank Schubert, and president Brian Brown.
Has NOM’s Board of Directors left the building? The incompetence is breathtaking.