National Organization for Marriage does things that serve to remind us that these are the geniuses behind the ill-fated Gathering Storm. I have a hard time telling the difference between NOM’s production  and the many parodies it spawned. Last night, in an email to supporters, Brian Brown wants you to know that President Obama has a hidden agenda. At least I think that is the message. My meds only have the effect of making the coherent, coherent.

NOM has completely given up trying to influence anyone. Even their limited attempts at grass-roots activism are merely a pretext to asking for more money. And ask for money they do. In fact that is pretty much all they do.

Getting past some of the bat guano, we end up with what the President does openly:

Obama’s public actions to destroy marriage and disrespect people of faith and supporters of marriage are major motivating factors for why we are working so hard to elect a proven marriage champion as president.

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Maybe it is me. Call me a cynic by the only thing that NOM is “working so hard to [do]” is asking people for money. And then Brian Brown goes off the rails. What follows is an 800+ word diatribe about gender identity interrupted occasionally by send-us-your-money-today links. For example, towards the end of what amounts to a fiery sermon that doesn’t seem to have much to do with marriage:

We know that the American people support marriage. They support common-sense concepts like the idea that God made us male and female to become husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. They know that biology is what determines gender, not amorphous concepts like “identity.”

And we know that when given the chance, the American people will vote for policies that uphold our values. Just look at the 31 states that acted to define marriage in their laws, and the decision of nearly two-thirds of Houston voters to prevent men from using intimate facilities reserved for women based on some claim of “gender identity.”

So here we go again. It’s the pope and the bishops, who are catechists and theologians, vs. social and medical science. Reason and critical thinking vs. religious dogma.

2015 was the year for gay rights. June 26 should become an annual celebration. Hopefully, in 2016, the transgender citizens who are part of our community will realize advances in both tolerance and public policy. Houston was the transgender Proposition 8. Prop 8 served us well.

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.