The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

Earmarks for historical pockmarks: Brown commits $500k to NJ

January 10, 2012, by Jeremy Hooper

Brian Brown now promising to direct at least half a million dollars of NOM's seemingly limitless, undoubtedly secretive cash towards the Garden State. This from The Washington Times:

Same-sex marriage opponents in Trenton vowed to fight the latest move [to pass a marriage bill], with the National Organization for Marriage saying it was ready to spend up to $500,000 to back state lawmakers who will fight the measure.

“The media is reporting that gay marriage is sure to pass through the Legislature, but we heard the same false story in 2009 and 2010. The people of New Jersey can and will stop this bill,” said NOM President Brian Brown. [

Not sure what NOM's promise is here. They may be fast-tracking a public campaign (robocalls, radio ads, etc) in order to stop a bill that could come as soon as next month. Or they may be putting all of their eggs in a post-vote retributive strategy like we've seen in New York, where they will focus on "punishing" those lawmakers (especially those Republican lawmakers) who vote for equality.

Or of course they might be planning a two-fold attack: Half on a pre-vote campaign to stop a marriage bill and subsequent veto override, another half (or more) on a post-vote campaign to send a national message about NOM's supposed electoral strength.

One thing's for sure: NOM is revving up in NJ, the state where the organization was founded. So we too must put some focus on this, our fight to bump up a state that already has civil unions. And we must do so boldly, against a faith-motivated organization whose definition of charity begins and ends at feeding the beast of civil discrimination.