The Pope’s U.S. Anti-Gay Auxiliary     The National Organization for Marriage     is very busy these days. Less than two years ago, NOM and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland were able to
savor a victory in Maine. They won a ballot initiative (“Question 1”)
which repealed the legislature’s enactment of Marriage Equality. That
night Frank Schubert, campaign manager for both Prop 8 and Question 1,
sent NOM’s board an email wherein he wrote: “Congratulations. You’ve
broken the back of the gay marriage movement
.”

Not quite Frank. Not quite. While NOM has a seemingly unlimited supply of cash, presumably from the likes of Tom Monaghan and other defenders of the faith, they are starting to understand what it is like to be on the wrong end of a chain reaction at, or near, critical mass.

  • NOM is still vowing to overturn marriage equality in New York. Exactly how they are going to do that remains unknown but they pledged to spend upwards of $2 million to punish Republican state senators who voted to extend marriage to gays.
  • NOM spent about $80K in Iowa and in the neighborhood of $50,000 in the New Hampshire primary to punish Ron Paul for not signing their anti-gay pledge. They did so in spite of the fact that Paul hasn’t a chance in hell of ever being the GOP nominee and actually supports NOM’s anti-equality positions.
  • Along with their anti-gay allies, NOM is furiously lobbying to get state legislators to overturn marriage equality in New Hampshire in spite of strong public support.  Governor Lynch has vowed to veto such legislation and it is unlikely that a repeal has a veto-proof support. New Hampshire’s GOPers are pretty moderate, particularly on social issues.
  • Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington has just put marriage equality on a fast track     a measure almost certain to be enacted. What makes this all the more painful for NOM is that Gregoire had been in the “opposed” category.
  • Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to push for same-sex marriage in the current legislative session. A similar measure died last spring without a final vote. NOM has to gear up all over again.
  • Now comes a legislative push in New Jersey for marriage equality. While Gov. Christie has indicated that he will veto such legislation, NOM is fighting (and paying) to avoid an embarrassing loss.
  • Meanwhile, the Prop 8 case is making its way through the courts. The Ninth Circuit is expected to rule any day upholding Judge Walker’s ruling striking down the measure which repealed same-sex marriage in California. 
  • Oh, and DOMA is making its way through the courts without the Obama administration defending it.
  • NOM is fighting for anti-equality constitutional amendments in Minnesota and Iowa.

I have probably forgotten one or two and there are likely to be new marriage equality initiatives. We probably won’t win them all. We don’t have to win them all. NOM is a sinking ship destined for the bottom. Each win adds a wet mule to NOM’s decks.

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With each state that embraces marriage equality comes a shared reality: We have been telling the truth all along that same-sex marriage has absolutely no adverse effect on “traditional” marriage. It also becomes clear that NOM has invested considerable time, energy and money in a lie.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.