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Human Rights Campaign, Courage Campaign Call on IRS to Investigate NOM

October 14, 2010, by Jeremy Hooper, Guest Contributor

IRS complaint demonstrates that Ruth Institute, a project of the NOM Education Fund, has flagrantly violated federal tax law by intervening in political campaigns



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BUSTED: HRC/Courage Campaign Call on IRS to Investigate NOM’s Sister Organization

October 13, 2010,

We all know by now the National Organization for Marriage “Education Fund” and its affiliated Ruth Institute are ruthless in selling their anti-gay rage. But they got reckless. Tomorrow the Human Rights Campaign and the Courage Campaign formally requested that the Internal Revenue Service immediately investigate the Ruth Institute’s illegal political campaign activities. We have asked the IRS to revoke the Ruth Institute’s tax-exempt status and seek an injunction to prevent future violations by either the Ruth Institute or the NOM Education Fund.



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New NOM Ad Just Released in Minnesota

October 13, 2010,

NOM is at it again, and has released a new ad in Minnesota supporting anti-equality gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Full ad after the jump.



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One of NOM’s Best Buds

October 13, 2010,

The tenacity of the fringe is impressive—that’s why they’re on the fringe. They never give up. We learned today that Bishop Harry Jackson, the Maryland pastor who is obsessed with what goes on outside of his state in the District of Columbia when it comes to marriage equality, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case attempting to put the rights of District citizens up to a vote of the people. HRC has called Bishop Jackson’s petition to the Court what it is: a last ditch effort by outsiders to rescind marriage equality in DC. Every court that has reviewed this case—and there have been three of them—has found Jackson’s arguments without merit.



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NOM’s Heavy Hand in Maine

October 13, 2010,

The Center for Public Integrity has a good piece on the influence of the National Organization for Marriage—based on Washington, D.C.-- in Maine this campaign season.



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NOM, like Paladino, Gives License to Anti-Gay Violence

October 11, 2010,

H/t Joe.My.God. Joe posted NOM’s tweet defending the awful comments of New York’s Republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino. Paladino told an audience he didn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.” On cue, NOM writes, “In defense of Mr. Paladino… homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle.”



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Maggie “Manning- Up” to Fight Bullies

October 11, 2010,

Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the Board for the National Organization for Marriage, told OneNewsNow, \"I think fundamentally we're just going to have to man-up on this one,” referring to how NOM is planning on responding to the new effort by marriage equality advocates to expose NOM for what it is. Gallagher added, \"The one most repeated command in the Bible is 'be not afraid.' We really have to take these bullies on and show them that they can't win by silencing or intimidating opposition.\" Presumably, she thinks the Human Rights Campaign and the Courage Campaign are bullies. The article ended with one of Maggie’s key messages of late. “[Gallagher] adds that donors to the ministry are safe because the organization is not required to publicly disclose the information.”



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R.I. Governor Used Public Funds to Pay Fierce Marriage Opponent James Bopp

October 11, 2010,

From the Providence Journal this morning:

State Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch is questioning Governor Carcieri’s decision to pay a nationally known conservative lawyer to file a legal brief opposing same-sex marriage.

The governor’s office signed a $15,000 contract with Indiana lawyer James Bopp Jr. to file a friend-of-the-court brief last week with the state Supreme Court, which had invited public comments while deciding whether to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts.



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Video: Iowa for [denying courts should play same exact roles they played in other minority rights fi

October 11, 2010,

Another reason to head to CourageCampaign.org/OneIowa and help hold the NOM-funded Iowa For Freedom campaign accountable. -Adam Cross-posted at Good as You By Jeremy Hooper To sum up what Iowa For Freedom‘s Bob Vander Plaats and WHO radio’s Jen Green are saying in the following video: LGBT people have no right or responsibility to use the court system to keep discrimination in check. Not in California, not in Iowa, not in the the Florida adoption matter. To hear Vander Plaats and Green tell it, those who invoke “the laws of nature and nature’s God” are simply not beholden to the constitutional assessments from one co-equal branch of government. At least not until “the people©” get to say if the constitution, as written, is hetero-y enough for their liking.



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NOM’s Deep but Secret Pockets

October 09, 2010,

NOM's president Brian Brown claimed a $437,000 fundraising victory this morning in an email message to his supporters. Almost every day in the last week he sent out a fundraising ask railing against HRC and our NOMExposed project. But there's a catch: Most of the money raised ($350,000), by Brown's own admission, came from only two wealthy individuals or organizations. The Mormon Church? The Catholic Church? Or affluent donors affiliated with either church? We won't know because NOM hides its donors.



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