Brian Camenker (aka MassResistance) thumbed his nose at the milquetoast haters of Mass Family Institute, and tilted at the windmill of a referendum petition drive to repeal the repeal of “the 1913 laws” that previously prevented gay out-of-staters from marrying in MA.  Did ya get all that? 😉  Brian described the effort in these heroic terms.

This was a fight about principle – against overwhelming opposition and suppression from all sides.

He failed.  

Brian’s Silver Lining, the play by play, and the perennial fundraising plea after the fold.  Emphasis added for my amusement.Silver Lining:  “One result: MassResistance now stronger.”  Do I hear whistling in the dark?  This must be a dark day indeed for Brian, as he realizes that he amassed “an army of nearly 300” and yet fell 2/3 short of signatures needed.

It seemed like we had a lot more signatures. An army of nearly 300 people had been working hard. Many putting in long hours and then driving all over the state to collect them from town clerks. But when we counted them up just before delivering them to the Secretary of State’s office, there were less than 11,000 certified signatures, about a third of what was needed…

This was arguably among the most difficult petition efforts ever in Massachusetts. This was done strictly on principle. It had no effect on people living here, only on people living in other states. And it was complicated to explain to the public. More than anything else, this was about regular citizens saying loud and clear to the liberal elites: “We’re not stopping. We’re not giving up. We’re not taking this lying down.”

In short: Bay Staters don’t agree with your bigoted viewpoint, Brian.  Oh wait, I must be wrong.  Bay Staters ALL agree with Brian.  The Gay Agenda has just terrorized them into silence.

But the obstacles that appeared before us were quite overwhelming:

   * Many people were afraid that if they signed, their names would end up on homosexual web sites and they would be harassed. As we all know, this happened with the Marriage Amendment petition signers, and a lot of people were harassed.

   * Homosexual activists terrorized our petition gatherers across the state. They would come up to them and scream horrible things, and then call the police (or store managers) with phony complaints and charges. It happened constantly. Homosexual websites sometimes tracked our signature-gathering activities. And they even tried to intimidate the MassResistance office by sending us a stream of obscene emails.

   * The Archdiocese of Boston opposed the effort and took extraordinary steps to thwart it. They contacted every Catholic church in Massachusetts and told them not to allow petitions to be gathered there. Priests spoke from the pulpit against it, and ordered petition gatherers off the property. (Ironically, in July the Archdiocese had publicly denounced the Legislalture’s (sic) repeal of the 1913 law — and the Cardinal himself signed our petition!)

   * The pro-family group Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) publicly opposed the effort, discouraged people from participating, and refused to help us contact churches they were affiliated with. (Basically, we were told, they were afraid that if we forced a statewide election, it would be too difficult a fight and they wanted to avoid that.)

Gee, it’s almost as if the archdiocese and MFI had become homosexualists…  Brian continues, with a shocking admission:

 

   * Since this actually only affected people in other states, we were counting on out-of-state donors to help us out. For example, we were all ready to mail petitions to 80,000 people who had signed the Marriage Amendment. This would have been a huge boost! But we needed money to at least pay for postage. Unfortunately the out-of-staters we asked (including the American Family Association) all turned us down. What we learned is that, basically, they’ve given up on Massachusetts. But we haven’t.

That’s right, Brian, the Bay State does. not. want. you..  And the last and greatest of the indignities:

   * Our friend Larry Cirignano, who helped run the Marriage Amendment petition drive, had agreed to come in run this petition drive (for reasonably generous pay). But after taking the first few weeks off to attend the Democratic and Republican national conventions and then a values voter convention, Larry suddenly abandoned this effort to work instead for the Jeff Beatty US Senate campaign. Larry never explained to us why he did this, but he did mention that a certain MFI director had pressured him not to work with us. (This was very hard for us to recover from. But over the last few weeks a stalwart group of people stepped up and did yeomen’s work.)

The Bay State Anti-Gay Homosexualist Cabal clearly rivals The Gay Agenda in it’s power and complexity and single-minded dedication to thwarting Brian.

But again you can’t keep Brian from his sunny side.  Even the babies came out and worked for him!

All in all, mostly positive things came from all this. Over a hundred new people we’d never seen before showed up and became very active! … [Volunteers] put in countless hours engaging people on street corners, in malls and supermarkets, outside of churches, and driving from town to town across the state. There were young mothers with babies working side by side with people in their 80s. They all knew that this is the cutting edge of the effort — to fight back in Massachusetts…

The cutting edge, or the trailing behind?

It’s interesting what adversity can do to you. When things finally began to come together the synergy was amazing, and we’re continuing to build. As a result. when the Legislature gets back into session in January we will be there – much stronger than ever before!…

To everyone who got involved: You are heroes. You’re not just sitting on the sidelines and wringing your hands. You are part of the vanguard out in the streets defending civilization. And it will get bigger, you can count on it.

Better!  Stronger!  Faster!  (Unwanted.  Ineffective.)  And to get bigger takes…  Dear readers, if you’ve been following Brian’s exploit(ations)s, you’ll know that every Brian missive contains two elements:

1.  The valiant (but failed) effort against overwhelming odds.

2.  Money begs.

Two pro-family state Senate challengers…are both very solid State Senate candidates, and they’re getting noticed.

Let’s help these two win on Tuesday!

This is your movement!  Our funding comes from individuals. Please donate – invest in MassResistance’s efforts!

That’s right, you gullible little haters!  If you want to help state senate candidates, don’t give to their campaigns, give to Brian!  Brian helped sink several GOP candidates in the past few cycles by sending vile and hateful anti-gay mailings to their constituents “on their behalf”.  I’m tempted to make a heft donation to him… ;D

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour through the mind of Brian.  Until his next failure then, adieu!

Brian Camenker (aka MassResistance) thumbed his nose at the milquetoast haters of Mass Family Institute, and tilted at the windmill of a referendum petition drive to repeal the repeal of “the 1913 laws” that previously prevented gay out-of-staters from marrying in MA.  Did ya get all that? 😉  Brian described the effort in these heroic terms.

This was a fight about principle – against overwhelming opposition and suppression from all sides.

He failed.  

Brian’s Silver Lining, the play by play, and the perennial fundraising plea after the fold.  Emphasis added for my amusement. (more…)

Laurel Ramseyer

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