The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM’s biggest gaffe yet?

March 14, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

In an interview with the Associated Press, National Organization For Marriage Chairman John Eastman pointedly told the reporter that families like that of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts are, in his words, a "second-best option."  Here's the quote:

"You're looking at what is the best course society wide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif." [Associated Press]

It's always unnerving to hear NOM staffers taking it upon themselves to tell us what kind of families are okay, as if our world is an elevator of acceptability for which they control the switchboard.  It's unnerving, but it's not surprising.  They are constantly tiering us off and telling us what structures they will and not "allow."

But to name the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by name, here at a time when your organization's incredibly high profile cases are about to go before that very panel?!  That is just astoundingly bad punditry!  Eastman isn't leaving this in the abstract, forcing us to decipher his meaning.  He said, as plain as day, that John Roberts' family is "second-best" to those born of man and wife's procreative sex.  There is no room for speculation: The National Organization For Marriage's top surrogate just wrote this exceedingly clumsy and deeply offensive belief into the history books.

Not sure what, exactly, he hoped to achieve.  But what John Eastman did achieve is a big ol' controversy that will serve as a tremendous gift to those of us trying to show this organization's true colors.