The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

‘Equal time for discrimination’: NOM’s (biased) new rally cry

June 19, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

NOM is all kinds of perturbed about a study showing more momentum for basic equal rights for same-sex couples rather than less: 

Washington, D.C. — Citing an independent news analysis, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today criticized the national news media for their overwhelming bias in favor of same-sex 'marriage.' According to the study released by The Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, stories with more statements supporting same-sex 'marriage' outweighed those with more statements opposing it by a margin of roughly 5-to-1.

"Those of us on the front lines of defending true marriage have experienced first-hand the news media's bias in favor of redefining marriage," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "But this important new study proves that the news media is overwhelmingly biased in favor of same-sex 'marriage,' leaving viewers to wonder if they are trying to shape the news rather than cover it."


"This is a fascinating study that reveals the underlying bias of the media in support of redefining marriage," Brown said. "Yet despite that, the public isn't buying it at least based on reported Twitter comments. We call on editors, producers and reporters to carefully study their own coverage in light of this proven bias, and ensure that the voices of NOM and other supporters of marriage are fairly and adequately reflected in their coverage. This is especially important in covering the upcoming Supreme Court rulings expected by the end of the month, and their aftermath." [NOM Press Release]

The truth, of course, is that popular opinion has a pro-equality "bias."  There are more commentators, anchors, reporters, and personalities of all kinds willing to go on record in favor of equality because our society is quickly realizing that supporting basic civil rights for LGBT people is a non-controversial no-brainer.  

Even Fox News' brightest stars, Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly, recently highlighted the reality.  In a telling exhange on the day the Supreme Court began hearing the marriage cases, the two noted the reality of the opposition movement:

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 At 9.32.20 AmMEGYN KELLY: What I'm saying is that when you ask -- for example, I had an interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. What is it about calling a marriage -- calling a gay union a marriage that offends you. How does it hurt a traditional, or a heterosexual marriage? And I didn't hear anything articulated that was particularly persuasive. What people go back to --

BILL O'REILLY: And I agree with you 100-percent. A 100-percent! … I agree with you a 100-percent. The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That's where the compelling argument is. 'We're Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.'

That’s a compelling argument. And to deny that, you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.

KELLY: Their best argument, thus far, has been, 'well, marriage is an institution that for 2,000 has been about a man and a woman creating babies.'

O'REILLY: That's right.

KELLY: Procreation. But look at how society has changed. I mean, people, they talk today about would we be okay passing a law saying people over 55 can't get married because they're not likely to have babies.

FULL TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO: O'Reilly: Gay Marriage Proponents Have "Compelling Argument" Against Bible "Thumpers" [Real Clear Politics]

We have the compelling arguments.  That is just a fact.  If the media spends more time sharing how we, a long-oppressed minority that has fought for the rights we know we deserve, have found our footing and gained our ground, that is simply an act of common sense.  Our story is the more compelling story.  The game of how many different ways the far-right can repeat the same invalidated arguments is simply not as newsworthy.   

The face of the matter is that truth has a "bias."  The U.S. constituion has a "bias."  Progress has a "bias."  And these are the really biases that NOM is up against.