FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 5, 2012
Opponents of LGBT Equality in Maryland Blame Hurricane Sandy on Mayor Bloomberg’s Donations
With a Day Until Marylanders Go to the Ballot, Opponents of Question 6 Use Desperate Measures to Mislead Voters
MARYLAND — As Election Day draws closer, opponents of Question 6 on the Maryland ballot are taking more and more desperate measures to spread untruths about the decisions facing Maryland voters tomorrow. Just yesterday, at a rally against Question 6, Pastor Luke Robinson blamed Superstorm Sandy on New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s support for marriage equality (link to story here). Appearing with Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council — designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (link here) — Pastor Robinson stated:
“So here was the mayor of New York giving a quarter of a million dollars, coming down to Maryland discussing the matter. While he’s here somebody whispers in the ear, you better go back home and protect your stock because God is sending judgment. The thing came through the area. You have to understand the season and the time. It’s almost the end of hurricane season, but God sent one of the biggest hurricanes ever.
In the meantime in New York City and New York State and even in New Jersey and even up in the New England area, what happened? God sent a storm that tore the place up — up in Massachusetts and all up in that lot because they have rejected the truth and the knowledge of God. So with all of… your money you still can’t win if God says he’s on our side and we are on the side that can win. And we must win and we must never — you must go back, you must go back. You must tell your neighbors. You must tell your friends. Brother Peter [Sprigg] has shared with us the consequences of this thing. It will destroy this country as we know it and we’ve got to work.”
As undecided voters make up their minds in the last few hours before Election Day, it’s important for Marylanders to understand the deceitful and divisive tactics that opponents of the ballot initiative are using to mislead voters. Rather than discussing the substance of their position, opponents of Question 6 are ridiculing the immense loss of life and property that Superstorm Sandy caused a week ago.
“Blaming the storm on Mayor Bloomberg’s support for Question 6 is an affront to those who are really suffering up and down the Eastern seaboard right now,” said Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL and Maryland resident. “While supporters of Question 6 have been spending hours and hours talking with Marylanders about the positive benefits of this ballot initiative, opponents of Question 6 prefer to play a blame game at the expense of their fellow Americans. It’s a disgusting tactic, and undecided voters should consider whether to support a campaign rooted in intolerance and supported by known hate groups, or a campaign rooted in love, fairness, and equality.”
GetEQUAL is a national civil rights organization fighting for the full legal equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: http://www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/getequal.