LISTEN: AFTAH Interview with Brian Camenker of MassResistance: about Maryland Grassroots Defeat of Homosexual ‘Marriage’

‘Moderation’ and avoiding homosexual issue were NOT the key to upset victory, says pro-family veteran

This pre-taped interview [click HERE to listen] with Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance aired on Chicago Christian radio station WYLL on March 19, 2011. Camenker discusses the successful grassroots effort in Maryland to stop a pro-homosexual “marriage” bill — which he helped by advising pro-family Md. activists and sharing with them what legalized “same-sex marriage” did to Massachusetts. AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera and Camenker discuss how the Maryland victory was NOT the result of careful, non-offensive packaging — i.e., avoiding the issue of homosexuality — that has characterized several statewide battles against homosexual “marriage.” They talk about Camenker’s advice below from the M.R. article, Maryland pro-family victory analysis: Top 10 reasons why it was WON when it looked like it would lose”: 

They ignored the moderate conservative “expert”s.” Early on, a pro-family group made an effort to pull all the Maryland groups into a “coalition” under a unified leadership. They would dictate strategy. They also insisted that the pro-marriage message be tightly controlled, that it be “moderate” and not anti-gay or otherwise “fringe” sounding, be calm and not too emotional, and that they decide who testifies at the marriage hearings, and what the testimony would be. That’s what happened in Massachusetts in 2005-2007 and it led to a huge failure.

On our MassResistance conference calls we advised Maryland activists to ignore that — and act independently with their own messages, and be as emotional and outspoken as they feel appropriate. Luckily eventually everyone did that and the coalition effectively fell apart. It was the best thing that could have happened.

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3-19-11, Brian Camenker


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