John Eastman, conservative attorney, professor, and failed California attorney general candidate, became NOM chairman in September 2011.
When Eastman was running for attorney general as a Tea Party conservative, NOM co-hosted a big ticket D.C. fundraiser for the candidate. During the 2010 cycle, NOM President Brian Brown even described Eastman’s ultimately unsuccessful bid as “one of the most important races in the country.”
Eastman has a history of speaking out against homosexuality, and not just marriage equality. Back in 2003, Eastman pushed a very anti-LGBT/pro-”ex-gay” column penned by noted extremist Scott Lively (Google “Scott Lively” and “Uganda” and prepare to be mind-blown). In 2000, Eastman positioned homosexuality as, along with abortion, one of the twentieth centuries’ “twin relics of barbarism.” In that same year, he referred to gay-straight alliances as “incubators of moral relativism.” He also defended the Boy Scouts’ gay-exclusionary practices in court, applauding the organization for standing against the “currently fashionable view that homosexual conduct is just another legitimate lifestyle choice."
Eastman sas described same-sex marriage as an "evil" of our day: "Evil will be with us always, and it requires constant vigilance to defeat. I look at it as a litigator and an educator. There will always be threats to institutions grounded in human nature by those who think human nature doesn’t define limits. We need to be involved in the immediate defense of threats against marriage, but also take a long-range view by educating the next generation about the importance of the issues we’re confronting."
He has also called homosexuality a former of "barbarism.