Focus Works the Phones in Wyoming

Just last week we noted that Focus on the Family was getting involved in efforts to introduce a marriage amendment in Wyoming  … and if there was any doubt that the organization is serious about getting it on the ballot, this ought to dispel that notion:

Focus on the Family Action of Colorado Spring has launched a telephone lobbying campaign trying to influence a gay-marriage bill in Wyoming.

The evangelical group has been making telephone calls to voters in key Wyoming senate districts.

The group is trying to drum up support for Senate Joint Resolution 2. The measure would let Wyoming voters decide whether to amend the state constitution to specify that the state won’t recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

“Those phone calls are part of an effort to encourage and enable Wyomingites who care deeply about protecting marriage to contact their legislators,” said Sonja Swiatkiewicz, director of issues response for Focus on the Family Action.

Swiatkiewicz said the calls began on Friday. She declined to disclose the cost of the effort or how many calls the group were being made.

The group’s calls have been targeting voters in districts represented by some members of the Senate Education Committee. The resolution has been assigned to the committee but has yet to come up for a vote.

This follows directly on the heels of the more than a half-million dollars Focus dumped into the Proposition 8 fight in California which was then followed by an announcement that it would be laying off several hundred staff due to falling revenue.  

Apparently the lessons from that effort have been lost on the powers-that-be at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado.