NOM asks: Is it fair for others to do exactly what we do?
February 19, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper
- When Starbucks took a stand for marriage equality, NOM launched an international boycott.
- When General Mills opposed the discriminatory marriage amendment in Minnesota, NOM launched a boycott.
- When candidate Ron Paul refused to sign NOM's marriage pledge, the organization went after him in an oddly aggressive way, launching a very expensive ad campaign and website dedicated to painting the Republican as a "radical who would destroy traditional marriage."
- When four Republican lawmakers in New York state voted for the state's marriage bill, NOM waged a two million dollar campaign that vowed to destroy their political careers based solely on this one matter of marriage. NOM has waged similar campaigns in other states.
- NOM has waged aggressive assaults on many judges who side with marriage equality. Sometimes they merely smear these judges as activists, but in other cases they have thrown tons of money and capital toward removing those judges from the bench.
- One of NOM's very first campaigns involved erecting billboards on Massachussets highways that compared a local lawmaker to Benedict Arnold and Judas Iscariot. That lawmaker's one "sin"? He refused to put the state's marriage equality up before a public referndum.
Those are just the examples that come to immediate mind. There are others, undoubtedly.
But get this. Here is what NOM has to say about those of us who are concerned with DC Comics' selection of NOM board member Orson Scott Card to pen a few digital editions of its Superman franchise:
"Is it fair to punish an author just because of his views on marriage?" Are you kidding me right now? Punishing people for their marriage view is among NOM's top three priorities! Increasingly, as this world of ours grows ever more accepting, retribution is becoming NOM's number one card (as it were). But since faux victimization is also one of their other favorite tactics, NOM all of a sudden acts the innocent when the pushback goes against them.
And then there's the other big thing: the fact that Orson Scott Card has gone WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY beyond simply opposing marriage. This is a man who has declared that "any government that attempts to change [marriage] is my mortal enemy" while stating his intent to "destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn." He also once wrote a particularly nasty treatment of Hamlet that portrays the king as evil because he was gay. This prominent writer with a sizeable young adult audience isn't just casting a vote or expressing an opinion. Orson Scott Card has used his heightened profile to actively fight against LGBT people's basic welfare. He has put truly dangerous words on the public record—rhetoric that all organizations who debate this issue should be quick to condemn.
But no, not NOM. We'd be more likely to hear Maggie Gallagher officiate Portia and Ellen's vow renewal ceremony than we would be to hear NOM admit a wrong or stand against one of its own. This organization is so smug in its astounding hypocrisy that I'm not even sure its staffers even maintain a grasp on what their own work entails. If there are mirrors in the NOM office, I'm pretty sure they're funhouse-style.