NOM exists in order to continue to exist.”

So here’s the latest gimme from National Organization for Marriage. After pretty much assuming that things aren’t going to go well for them at the Supreme Court they set out to focus on two areas:

There are at least two critical elements in what we need to do:

  1. It is imperative that America has a president who is a champion for marriage — not a puppet of special interest groups or small but extremely vocal segments of our society.
  2. It’s critical that the First Amendment Defense Act be passed to protect all people from discrimination and punishment simply because they believe in the truth of marriage as one man and one woman.

There’s not much that NOM is going to do about the 2016 presidential race. They are not going to transform themselves from the Catholic Church’s proxy for opposing same-sex marriage into meaningful political operatives. Even in the former role, they haven’t accomplished anything.

What is it that NOM proposes to do to effect passage of the First Amendment Defense Act? The House version text is now available and it is, as expected, a federal license-to-discriminate bill. Obama sure as hell isn’t going to sign the thing —which doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of congressional support either. The money that fuels the GOP comes from people who, on the whole, are either supporters of same-sex marriage or disinterested in social issues.

NOM exists in order to continue to exist. It raises money to pay salaries to people who raise money to pay their salaries. It’s an endless loop of economic contraindications.

Brian Brown goes on to write: “Just this week we asked every declared presidential candidate to sign the Presidential Marriage Pledge.” Do keep us abreast of who signs that thing. Jindal and Santorum are probably safe bets. Romney signed it in 2012 and look what happened to him. Even a guy like Jindal should question signing something that commits him to spending political capital on a national same-sex marriage ban via a constitutional amendment that has absolutely no hope of ever getting ratified.

Brian Brown wants people to do two things today:

  1. Sign the “people’s” marriage pledge and;
  2. Donate to NOM.

The first is an exercise of meaningless futility and the second is downright stupid.

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.