NOM Exposed is a campaign-style operation that tracks and challenges the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage as it tries to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country.

Maggie Gallagher


The Board Member

Maggie Gallagher is president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and NOM’s founding president.

She stepped down as NOM president in April 2010, and stepped down in September 2011 as chairman of the board.

Gallagher claims she was offered a speech writing position in the White House in 1991.

As of 2005, her column on marriage and family appeared in about 75 newspapers. She has been a syndicated columnist with United Press Syndicate since 1995.

Maggie Gallagher is trustee of the Marriage Law Foundation (MLF). The MLF was founded by William Duncan (also a director of NOM’s project The Ruth Institute) and Monte Stewart. Stewart co-chaired the Utahns for a Better Tomorrow Campaign that supported the 2004 amendment banning same-sex marriage. Duncan is a Mormon and Stewart was formerly a Mormon mission president in Atlanta, GA.

She was a senior fellow at the Center for Social Thought. She opposed domestic partnership legislation in CA in 2006.

In a 2000 column where she defended talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Gallagher wrote that “in a simple biological framework abstracted from all religion and morality, homosexuality is like infertility. It is a sexual disability preventing certain individuals from participating in the normal reproductive patterns of the human species.”

In 2003, she called civil unions an “unwise step” but not as bad as same-sex marriage.

In a book entitled “The Abolition of Marriage,” Maggie Gallagher equates same-sex marriage with adultery: “…American family law has been rewritten to dilute both the right and the obligations of marriage, while at the same time placing other relationships, from adulterous liaisons to homosexual partnerships, on a legal par with marriage…”


She believes polygamy is better than same-sex marriage: “At least polygamy, for all its ugly defects, is an attempt to secure stable mother-father families for children.” And “…there is no principled reason why you don’t have polygamy if you have gay marriage…”


She works directly for Catholic leaders: Gallagher drafted “a statement on marriage that criticized same-sex unions” for a “group of ultra-conservative Roman Catholics” called the Catholic Leadership Conference in 2005.


President Bush’s Department of Health and Human Services paid Gallagher $21,500 under a nine-month contract connected to the Healthy Marriage Initiative in 2005. She received another $20,000 from Bush’s Justice Department for writing, “Can Government Strengthen Marriage?”


Maggie Gallagher felt compelled in 2005 to apologize to her column readers for not disclosing her work for the Bush administration.


She opposes anti-discrimination laws: “I oppose anti-discrimination laws to gays for many reasons: a distaste for big government, fear of the job-shrinking side-effects of more lawsuits, a sense of injustice that a small, affluent group should be pressing for new economic protections.”


Maggie Gallagher criticized the 1996 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a Colorado constitutional amendment that had prevented any effort to end discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens.


In the aftermath of Judge Walker’s ruling in the Prop 8 case, Gallagher dispatched a seething op-ed to the San Francisco Chronicle, writing: “If this ruling is upheld, millions of Americans will face for the first time a legal system that is committed to the view that our deeply held moral views on sex and marriage are unacceptable in the public square, the fruit of bigotry that should be discredited, stigmatized and repressed. Parents will find that, almost Soviet-style, their own children will be re-educated using their own tax dollars to disrespect their parents’ views and values.”