Money down the crapper

Today’s money-begger from National Organization for Marriage is titled “Because No One Else Will.” Brian Brown is prophetic because NOM is rapidly losing its constituency.  Noticeably missing from recent pleas is the ubiquitous matching donor. Perhaps he, she or it has thrown in the towel. The missive goes on to say:

I don’t know if you have been following what has been going on in Oregon this week.

Gay marriage activists have brought suit seeking to overturn Oregon’s duly enacted Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And, as has happened in so many other places recently, state officials — the Attorney General and the Governor — are abandoning their oaths of office and sworn duty to defend the state’s laws.

But someone is stepping up where these officials have backed down: NOM. And I’m asking you to stand with us: please click here to make a generous, fully tax-deductible donation today!

NOM is rinsing money through their 501(c)3 (NOM Education Fund). The purpose is to intervene in the Oregon court case. NOM is seeking legal standing in the case because Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has declined to defend the state’s ban on on marriage equality which was approved by voters ten years ago. There will be a hearing on May 14 before US District Court Judge Michael McShane.

The outcome should be the same as in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Federal judges in those states have concluded that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in the DOMA case, United States vs. Windsor.

NOM claims to be prioritizing what is likely to be a waste of time and money. Having lost effectiveness they are clinging to relevance.

As you know, right now NOM has many immediate cash needs. But this opportunity to defend marriage and our democracy is just too important to pass up. We must make the case — since the appropriate elected officials refuse — that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is good for children and good for society. 

Meanwhile, John Eastman, NOM’s wacky chairman, has been suggesting that Judge McShane recuse himself because he is gay.  To the best of my knowledge no motion has been filed. According to the docket, NOM’s lead attorney is John Eastman. They have also retained a local lawyer, Roger K. Harris. There are a large number of Amicus briefs including those by Intel, Starbucks and Nike. The Oregon Board of Rabbis is also on the side of equality.

NOM also requested a postponement which was denied yesterday.

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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.