It looks like a clean sweep.Aside from ballot contests in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington (which has still not been called), NOM failed to oust a judge in Iowa and their meddling in New York may have yielded just one win. Furthermore, they supported Mitt Romney who signed their “marriage pledge.”
In a press release this morning, National Organization for Marriage claims to have spent $5.5 million on last night’s political contests. Knowing NOM, that is probably inaccurate and does not include their expenses. Also, this does not include the money contributed from allied defenders of the faith like the Knights of Columbus, Sean Fieler and Tom Monaghan. Nor does that include the numerous bishoprics that cough up money for every battle.
Then, of course, there is the Wellspring Committee which began operations in 2008. Wellspring is run by Ann Corkery, an admitted member of Opus Dei. Ann Corkery is Neil Corkery’s wife. Neil Corkery is NOM’s treasurer.
NOM’s excuse this morning was that “we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one.” Sure.
That is nonsense because marriage equality advocates are fighting the combined resources of the Catholic Church in America. Nevertheless, even that has its limits. It is not an inexhaustible supply. In addition to fighting equality, all of these groups and individuals are involved in legitimate charitable works.
As marriage equality becomes increasingly inevitable, some of this money is bound to dry up. Nobody wants to invest in a battle that they know they will lose. Once spent, none of it is coming back. To be a truly viable operation NOM not only has to prevent equal marriage from spreading – they have to roll it back. That’s just not going to happen. All of NOM’s “victims” are manufactured from religious obedience. Therefore, to prevent the sense of inevitability from setting in, NOM has to focus money and resources on states that they already lost; Something that they are currently doing in New York and Iowa.
If we weren’t already at critical mass, there are two matters before the Supreme Court, DOMA and Proposition 8. Particularly after last night’s acceptance of gay marriage in four states, I expect the Court to refuse to hear the Prop 8 case which effects equality in California.
Does anyone remember the Christian Coalition? I think that is NOM’s future.