Our Message is Your Message” is Brian Brown’s latest attempt to attract donors to the failed National Organization for Marriage. The obvious problem is; What, exactly is your message? NOM exists to ban same-sex marriage on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. They failed to do so and the issue has been settled. According to Mr. Brown, NOM’s president:

The National Organization for Marriage is on the forefront of fighting for the freedom of all U.S. citizens by promoting the dignity of marriage, the family, and religious liberty. Our message is your message — — but it needs to be amplified and shared across the country to every citizen — young and old.

Our message isn’t one just for parents, or conservatives, or religious people — it is truly a message for everyone to take notice. If we don’t, our society is doomed to a perversion of everything this country has stood for since its founding. 

The forefront of fighting for freedom? It seems to me that they were in the forefront of fighting to prevent our freedom to marry because the Catholic Church disapproves of gay people. NOM now seeks to transform from a Catholic to a secular operation, at least in appearance. Not a chance.

Brown continues:

Many people know that NOM plays a highly visible role in the fight from our high-profile organization of the annual March for Marriage in the nation’s capitol, to helping organize and promote efforts to defend marriage champions like Kim Davis, our efforts to work with prospective presidential candidates and our leadership of state referenda and ballot measure campaigns. But you may not be aware of the quiet leadership role we play behind the scenes to nurture and develop a thriving marriage movement. Let me mention three such major initiatives:

The reality is that the March for Marriage was supposed to influence the Supreme Court. That was its stated purpose. We all know how that worked out.

NOM did nothing in regards to Kim Davis except to send out some email extolling her as some kind of hero for not doing her job as a public servant. The last time NOM was involved in state ballot measures was in 2012. They lost every one of them. NOM’s endorsement of a presidential candidate is entirely irrelevant. But let us go on to those three major initiatives which are the beneficiaries of NOM’s quiet leadership.

  1. Opposition to the Houston equal rights ordinance (HERO).
  2. Protect Life and Marriage OK.
  3. The World Congress of Families.

Opposition to HERO is choreographed by the US Pastors Alliance, Houston. Protect Life and Marriage OK is an Oklahoma operation. Nowhere is NOM mentioned on their website or in any of their materials. Neither NOM nor Brian Brown are even on the lengthy list of supporters. World Congress of Families? Please. That is organized by a Chicago hate group.

What, exactly, has NOM done “behind the scenes” in any of this? NOM exists to provide employment. Employment means work associated with begging for donations to remain employed. In other words NOM exists to exist. It exists to beg for money to continue to exist to beg for money … and so on. Some people might call that a grift.

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.