The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

What Amazon’s Rankings Say About Maggie Gallagher

June 26, 2012, by Kevin Nix

It says something that Jeremy Hooper’s book, My Zygote Chose Balls, has zoomed ahead of Maggie Gallagher’s. Both were released about the same time earlier this month, yet Hooper’s has landed at #3 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” list under gay and lesbian nonfiction. Maggie’s rests at #14.

I have only gotten half way through Hooper’s on the train this weekend and haven’t yet read the tome – but will - of NOM’s histrionic co-founder.  So I can’t yet speak to substance. But it’s telling when a first time author on the gay political scene since 2005 is beating out the one-and-only Gallagher, author of a number of books who has been doing the anti-gay thing for decades.

But Amazon is part of the so-called liberal media establishment, Maggie may claim.  This is one of hundreds of companies that takes a firm public position supporting marriage equality, so of course my book won’t do as well.

Just stop. Four of Amazon’s top 20 “Hot New Releases” are books by arch-conservatives -- Glenn Beck and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), David Limbaugh (yes, his brother), and Monica Crowley.

The issue is anti-gay content. It's not selling like it used to. The country is changing and the rug is being pulled out from under NOM. Even
Republicans, as this Washington Post article yesterday noted, are slowly warming to marriage equality. Actual votes by lawmakers in New Hampshire and New York are concrete examples of some thawing. 

Kudos to Jeremy. Check out his book.