If all goes according to plan, marriage equality in France will advance to its final stage on April 2. This is happening in spite of the Church turning out hundreds of thousands of protesters.

If all goes according to plan, the Church, with some help from NOM, will assemble a large number of people in the District of Columbia tomorrow to coincide with arguments before the Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8).

A large showing of religious conservatives could actually backfire. However, I am guessing that, just like in France, it won’t make the slightest bit of difference. The Justices of the Supreme Court are unlikely to be swayed. It’s just noise. This seems to be more about a fund raising even than anything else.

Originally, NOM was requesting tax-deductible contributions to their 501(c)3, NOM Education Fund, for expenses of bringing people to DC. At some point last week, they switched back to asking for non-deductible contributions to NOM. 

NOM has created some tax-oriented confusion. In spite of the switch, NOM has claimed that the campaign (which is actually two campaigns) has a matching donor (presumably Sean Fieler if there really is a matching donor).

Regardless of the turnout, NOM will claim that it was double what it really was. NOM will also claim that “your voice was heard.” Really?

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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.