The National Organization for Marriage released a statement blaming their failures to stop gay marriage in four states on being outspent.
NOM president Brian Brown wrote on the organization’s blog:
“Obviously we are very disappointed in losing four tough election battles by narrow margins. We knew long ago that we faced a difficult political landscape with the four marriage battles occurring in four of the deepest-blue states in America. As our opponents built a huge financial advantage, the odds became even steeper. We ran strong campaigns and nearly prevailed in a very difficult environment, significantly out-performing the GOP ticket in every state.
Despite the fact that NOM was able to contribute a record amount to the campaigns (over $5.5 million), we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one. We were fighting the entirety of the political establishment in most of the states, including sitting governors in three of the states who campaigned heavily for gay marriage. Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case. Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these very liberal states.
Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it. Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback. There is much work to do, and we begin that process now.”
All reputable polls through 2012 have actually shown that Americans support same-sex marriage by a growing margin. A CNN/ORC International poll taken in June showed 54 percent of Americans supported gay marriage, while 42 percent oppose it. A May poll by NBC/Washington Post also showed 54 percent approving and 40 percent disapproving.
These elections are the first that voters approved gay marriage at the ballot box. Gay marriage in all other states were the result of legislative or judicial approval.