It’s not every day that the anti-same sex marriage National Organization for Marriage endorses a Democrat over a Republican, but that’s exactly what happened in the race between Democrat Seth Moulton and former Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who is openly gay.
To be clear, Moulton (pictured), does not oppose gay marriage, as the Metro Weekly’s Justin Snow noted. Moulton, in response, rejected NOM’s endorsement.
“Seth Moulton fundamentally disagrees with everything NOM stands for and has long said that equality is the civil rights fight of our generation,” Moulton communications director Carrie Rankin told MetroWeekly.
Rankin also pointed out that Moulton’s brother is gay.
Tisei is one of a number of openly gay Republicans NOM has targeted recently. Brian Brown, the president of NOM, has also encouraged supporters to back Moulton over Tisei. In a fundraising email he said that it’s better to support Moulton than to have a gay Republican in Congress who opposes “the values of marriage, family, and life” that is the core of the Republican Party’s platform.
RealClearPolitics rates the race between Moulton and Tisei for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District as leans Democrat.