NOM Crusading Against Marriage Equality in NY

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A shadowy group run by religious fundamentalists led by Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is the driving force pushing back against marriage equality in New York state.

Gallagher is the chairman of the board and a former president of NOM.

The current NOM president, Brian Brown, who receives a $172,100 a year salary is no less unhinged than Gallagher. “If marriage is redefined, then New York schools will soon be teaching that it’s just as good for Jimmy to grow up and marry Johnny as it is to marry Mary,” said Brown.

The National Organization for Marriage is based in Princeton, NJ and Washington DC and is a tax-exempt group was founded in 2007 to defend traditional marriage. The group was a driving force in California’s Proposition 8 battle targeting predominantly African American and Hispanic churches with a disinformation campaign.

Since the Prop 8 battle, its treasury has grown from $637,000 to $8.5 million in 2009 as it attacked marriage equality efforts across the country. In the last 18 months alone, donations have swollen to more than $13 million.

The source of the cash isn’t entirely clear. However, one backer is the viciously antigay Knights of Columbus group, whose lobbying in the 1950s successfully added the phrase “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance. The Knights of Columbus raised $1.9 million for the group in 2008-2009.

In California’s Proposition 8 battle, NOM’s foot soldiers employed horrendous scare tactics like telling African American and Hispanic congregations if marriage equality became law, elementary public school students would be forced to watch gay porn movies.

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10 Responses to NOM Crusading Against Marriage Equality in NY

  1. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Religious extremism is spreading in this country……. like shit from a burst sewage line!!!!!

  2. Brigadoon says:

    NOM is a dangerous organization. Much as organized religion is dangerous and their tax exempt status frees up great resources for them to roam the country and set-up tents, threatening elected lawmakers if they don’t agree to vote the way NOM wants. Don’t you fond it interesting that NOM bristled at demands they turnover their donor list? What are they hiding and who are they protecting?

  3. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I don’t think marriage equality will ever pass in New York due to the high percentage of older residents many of whom are Catholic and Catholics do not cotton to LGBT rights.

    I hope I’m wrong as I have many friends in New York who would like to marry their longtime partner but I don’t see it as happening. Of course, if President Asshole pushed to repeal DOMA — something he and Pelosi should’ve done when the Dems controlled everything in Washington, this discussion would be unnecessary. But he chose to waste his first year on healthcare and he lost the House his second year.

  4. Tim says:

    Where’s those damn interment camps? What a great place to round all the haters up. Of course for that gal you have pictured, we may need a barn.

  5. VicoDANIEL says:

    The Knights of Columbus should be classified as a hate group and tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  6. Estacada says:

    The religious hatred of gay people is like a mass chorus of buzzing Cicadas. I always want to ask these people “what if you replaced “gay” with “African American”? Would this be acceptable to you and justified by your religious beliefs and values?

    Of course, they would reply “No.” So what makes gay people different?

    I used to think older, right wing conservatives would die off and then the world would be a batter place for everyone but, when I see a younger group come along to replace them, I’m left to conclude there’s no hope for America.

  7. Vivzz says:

    Maggie the Cow can eat shit and die.

  8. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Maggie Gallagher is so ugly she had to hang a pork chop round her neck to get the dog to play with her. :-)

  9. The problem is that hate pays so well. If George Soros created a pro-same sex marriage group that paid $250K for the top dog and offered that position to Brown or Gallagher, they would be singing a different tune. The really sick part is that some very wealthy evil fucks are funding this shit to distract the stupid from the theft of the middle class and poor by the rich. Hey, if they want to enslave themselves, go ahead. Just don’t drag the rest of us down.

  10. Terry says:

    I feel that marriage will pass this year. It has too much momentum to fail. All kinds of groups have come in and worked this like a slave horse so that we can enjoy the same right to marry that everyone else enjoys. It will soon be law and I can’t wait to get invited to some of those weddings!

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