10 Shocking Things You May Not Know About The National Organization for Marriage
1.)NOM uses racially motivated tactics as part of its official strategy. From the group’s internal memos: “The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key Democratic constituencies.” They’ve also tried to make opposition to equality a “key badge” of Latino identity in yet another attempt to divide.
A Secret NOM Memo Released In Maine Showed Plans To Make Same-Sex Marriage A Wedge Issue Between Black And Gay Voters. The New York Times reported, “Updated An internal memorandum from one of the country's leading organizations against same-sex marriage outlined a plan to help its cause by exploiting unease among blacks over the issue. The undated memo was one of several documents unsealed by a federal judge on Monday in a case in Maine, where the group, the National Organization for Marriage, helped finance a successful ballot initiative in 2009 overturning the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. ‘The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key Democratic constituencies,’ the memo says, describing an initiative called the ‘Not a Civil Right Project.’ The project's goal, according to the memo, was to recruit blacks who opposed same-sex marriage to represent the group, and then ‘provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.’ The group is battling in court to overturn Maine ethics laws that could require it to reveal some donors. The documents, which also discussed the group's finances, were obtained and circulated by the Human Rights Campaign. The news Web site BuzzFeed reported on the memos on Monday night.” (New York Times, 3/28/12)
Secret NOM Memo Said NOM Needs “To Accomplish A Sophisticated Cultural Objective: Interrupt The Attempt To Equate Gay With Black, And Sexual Orientation With Race.” According to Think Progress, in secret internal memos, NOM stated, “Ultimately we aim to raise the costs of identifying with gay marriage, and also raise the attractiveness of identifying with traditional marriage. But we also need to accomplish a sophisticated cultural objective: interrupt the attempt to equate gay with black, and sexual orientation with race. We need to make traditional sexual morality intellectually respectable again in elite culture.” [Think Progress, 3/27/12]
A Secret NOM Memo Obtained By HRC Spoke Of Need To “Interrupt This Process Of Assimilation” By Making Opposition To Equality A “Key Badge Of Latino Identity.” According to documents uncovered by HRC’s NOM Exposed titled “NOM Deposition 25: National Organization For Marriage Board Update 2008-2009, NOM said, “The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.” [National Organization for Marriage Board Update 2008-2009, NOMExposed, 3/26/12]
2.)NOM thinks businesses like grocery stores, restaurants and hotels should be able to deny service to LGBTQ customers if they believe LGBTQ people are immoral.
NOM Claimed In Blog Post That Arizona SB 1062 Does Not Single Out Same-Sex Ceremonies. On their blog, NOM wrote, “With the media buzz surrounding Arizona's SB1062, it's no wonder there is so much confusion and misinformation about the contents of the bill. Time for a quick fact check...As Ed Whelen points out today in the National Review Online, SB1062 does NOT mention, much less single out, gays or same-sex ceremonies. Rather, the bill would simply amend Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act ‘to address two ambiguities that have been the subject of litigation under other RFRAs.’” [NOMBlog, 2/26/14]
NOM Said Hawaii Case Ruling Against Aloha Bed & Breakfast For Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple Ignored Owner’s First Amendment Rights. On their blog, NOM wrote, “Hawaii's First Circuit Court has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple against the owner of the Aloha Bed & Breakfast, alleging that the religious owner ‘discriminated’ against the couple for not renting them a room. The Blaze reports the Bed & Breakfast owner's attorney, Jim Hochberg, saying that "[t]he public needs to be aware of this decision because it has far-reaching consequences," and because it ignores the owner's First Amendment rights. Of course, while lawsuits such as this are becoming ever more frequent, yet still same-sex marriage activists claim redefining marriage will have no impact on anyone's religious freedom or basic rights. But they know as well as we do that cases such as this one are only more frequent and harder to fight against where marriage is redefined. [NOMBlog, 4/17/13]
NOM’s Brown Said After Veto of SB 1062, “Religious Liberty Has Suffered The Real Blow Here.” NOM’s Brian Brown, on their Marriage March blog, stated “Over the past two weeks media elites, politicians, activists, and opinion writers were climbing over one another to reach the heights of histrionics in their expression of hatred for a bill in Arizona: SB 1062, a bill that aimed to clarify the state's existing statutory religious liberty protections. The bill was unfortunately vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday of last week, who caved to the pressures being leveraged by those screaming misinformation and lies all over the media…. Misled she was, and so SB 1062 has suffered defeat. But religious liberty has suffered the real blow here: and the many bakers, photographers, florists and others who provide wedding services in Arizona woke up last week to weakened protections of their most basic first amendment rights….The federal judiciary should keep in mind stories like the ones cited above: the stories about the bakers, and photographers, and florists who are sued, fined, punished and put out of business merely for standing for the age-old understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” [NOM, Marriagemarch.org, 3/7/14]
NOM Said Ruling Against Colorado Cake Shop For Refusing To Make Wedding Cake Was “A Chilling Flashback For Anyone Concerned About First Amendment Protections Of Freedom Of Religion.” On their blog, NOM said, “Well, ironically in our own day the phrase [let them eat cake] is once again a fitting a symbol of an out-of-touch, tyrannical government: this time in the form of a Colorado Judge who ruled that a baker in Denver must provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples... or else pay the price. The decision from Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer in Denver, CO is like a chilling flashback for anyone concerned about the first amendment protections of freedom of religion and expression — a flashback to a similar decision earlier this year in the case of Elane Photography in New Mexico…. I would ask the Court this: what price of citizenship does the same-sex couple pay, who surely could have picked any number of capable photographers with no conscientious objection to recording their ceremony? Apparently, in the eyes of the Court, this is a one-way street. The message to people of faith, and really to all Americans, was crystal clear: your deeply held religious beliefs and convictions have no place in the public square anymore.” [NOMBlog, 12/12/13]
NOM Said “Individuals Are Forced To Choose Between Their Deeply Held Beliefs About Marriage And The Prospect Of Being Forced Out Of Business By Onerous Lawsuits Claiming ‘Discrimination.’” In an action alert, NOM said, “If there's one thing we've learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable impasse between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners — anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials — these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming 'discrimination.' So I'm asking you to take action today to support two state-level pieces of legislation which aim to protect individuals and their businesses from legal reprisals for declining to participate in same-sex 'marriages.' The bills are pending in Arizona and Kansas. [NOMBlog, 2/21/14]
3.)NOM’s Brian Brown says LGBTQ advocates are “bullies” and has compared the “persecution” he faces to that of Jesus Christ.
2014: NOM Sent Fundraising E-Mail Claiming “An Increasingly Vengeful And Militant Group of Radicals” Were Out to “Bully” Same Sex Marriage Opponents And Force Them From Jobs.“People who believe in marriage aren't looking for a fight — they are everyday people just like you and me who go about their lives working hard, raising their children, and trying to be the best people they can be according to the dictates of their personal, family and religious beliefs. They accept the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman because such an understanding was written on the human heart by our Creator, because it conforms to nature and commonsense, and because it has been proven through centuries of practice. There is nothing hateful or bigoted about accepting and supporting the truth of marriage. Yet we see an increasingly vengeful and militant group of radicals out to redefine marriage seek them out, bully them, and try turn their lives upside down. The list of victims seems grows every day — bakers, photographers, inn keepers, printers, music directors, restaurant managers — all targeted for harassment and abuse simply because they've done something to show their support for marriage. Some were sued, others fined, still others forced out of their jobs. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla (maker of the Firefox web browser), is only the best known victim of the gay marriage radicals who were able to force him out of the company he co-founded because he gave a mere $1,000 to support Proposition 8 six years ago.” [NOMBlog, 7/9/14]
NOM Said Opponents Of Arizona “Right To Discriminate” Bill Were Practicing “Anti-Christian Bigotry.” On a weekly call held by Staying True to America’s National Destiny (STAND) discussing Arizona’s “Right to Discriminate” Bill, Nom’s Brian Brown said, “So, when they bring up discrimination, we need to turn it on its head and say, this is about anti-religious, specifically in some cases, anti-Christian religious bigotry, and there’s no place for this in this country. The discrimination is there, but right now what’s happening is the discrimination is coming from those that want to punish, repress and marginalize individuals and organizations that stand up for their religious beliefs. Whether it’s being forced to photograph a ceremony that you don’t agree with, forced to create a same-sex marriage wedding cake, whatever it is, that’s a very different thing than saying this is somehow Jim Crow all over again. In fact, it’s the reverse. What proponents of same-sex marriage are attempting to do is to coerce Americans to leave their faith at the door when they enter the public square, leave their faith at the door if they own a business.” [Right Wing Watch, Staying True to America’s Destiny (STAND), 4/7/14]
NOM Stated That Christians “First Amendment Freedoms” Needed To Be “Secured Against The Aggressive And Hostile Genderless Marriage Regime.” On NOMBlog, Brian Brown wrote, “The authors' essential thesis is one with which, sadly, we can no longer take it for granted that everyone will agree. They state simply that "[a]ll Americans should remain free in the public square to act in accordance with their beliefs about marriage without fear of government penalty." Since this basic principle is no longer universally recognized or acknowledged, we the people need to stand up and demand that our first amendment freedoms are secured against the aggressive and hostile genderless marriage regime….Increasingly, Christians and other people of faith are being told that their values have no place in civil discourse... that they should keep their beliefs to themselves and only talk about them in their homes or houses of worship! According the New Mexico Supreme Court, this silencing is the 'price of citizenship.' This threat to believers' first amendment rights will only increase if the Obama administration gets its way and succeeds in coercing the states to adopt same-sex 'marriage' over the will of the people.” [NOMBLog, 2/22/14]
NOM’s Brown Compared Suffering Of Christ To “Intimidation” Of Opponents Of Marriage Equality. On Charles LiMandri’s Catholic radio show, Brian Brown said, “One of the untold truths about this issue, unspoken truths, is that many people who believe in this and know in their hearts its right are frightened to stand up and speak about it because they’ve seen the intimidation that other people have suffered. All I can say to that is that we need to be lights in the darkness. As Catholics, we need to be lights in the darkness, and if we look at what people have suffered in our faith’s history, especially as we go into Holy Week, what Christ Himself suffered. If we look at what the martyrs suffered. Us being called to stand up and protect the institution that begins scripture, is in the middle of scripture with the wedding feast at Canaan and is at the end of scripture….We’re asked to call, we’re called to stand up for this beautiful thing, and we retreat and won’t speak about it, again in a loving way, but refusing to speak about it at all out of intimidation. Shame on us. We’re not being called to do that much. We’re being called to stand up, contact our congressman, stand up for truth. We should feel blessed and lucky to be at this part of history where we can change history on this issue. So all I can say is that a little bit of intimidation, a little bit of name-calling. If I could, I don’t have enough fingers to count how many times I’ve been told that I’m bigoted. What did they say to Christ? We’re going to suffer a little bit. Stand up.” [Good As You, 4/25/2011, KCEO Radio, 4/18/2011, AUDIO]
4.)NOM pushes discredited and harmful “conversion therapy,” even though practices aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation have been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country.
NOM Linked To Study On Website Claiming Conversion Therapy Is Possible For Some. “Many professional voices proclaim that it is impossible to change homosexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is commonly and inherently harmful. Psychologists Stanton L. Jones (Wheaton College, IL) and Mark A. Yarhouse (Regent University) have just published in the respected, peer-reviewed Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy the final results of their longitudinal study of individuals seeking sexual orientation change through involvement in a variety of Christian ministries affiliated with Exodus International. The results show change to be possible for some, and the attempt not harmful on average. These results stand in tension with the supposed professional consensus.” [NOMBlog, 9/28/11]
NOM’s Brian Brown Said Of Conversion Therapy Study “Even Those Who Disagree With Us About Gay Marriage (Or Christian Sexual Ethics) Should Feel Good About This Scientific Verification Of The Possibility Of Free Will Triumphing Over Desire.” Brian Brown wrote on NOMBlog, “Psychologists Stanton L. Jones (Wheaton College, IL) and Mark A. Yarhouse (Regent University) have just published in the respected, peer-reviewed Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy the final results of their longitudinal study of individuals seeking sexual orientation change through involvement in a variety of Christian ministries affiliated with Exodus International. Managing sexual desire can be hard for any of us; it's always easier to amend our standards to match our sexual behavior than vice versa, as too many straight guys in politics show us over and over again. Even those who disagree with us about gay marriage (or Christian sexual ethics) should feel good about this this scientific verification of the possibility of free will triumphing over desire. We are all more than our instincts, sexual or otherwise.” [NOMBlog, 9/29/11]
NOM Posted Defense Of Jewish Conversion Therapy Group Called JONAH Being Sued For Consumer Fraud For Their Practices And Warned Of Future “Attacks” On Other Groups. According to NOM’s website, Brian Brown wrote, “On Friday my friend and hero Chuck LiMandri (who was one of the first to help us get Prop 8 on the ballot!) will be in court in New Jersey, taking on the goliath Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its new militant attempt to misuse consumer fraud laws to attack a small Jewish nonprofit named JONAH that helps observant Jews with same-sex attraction live according to the Bible's laws. This is one of the hugest stories you've never been told by the media: the SPLC wants to use its $250 million budget and 7 full-time staff lawyers to bankrupt therapists, counselors, and religious nonprofits that offer help to people with unwanted same-sex attraction. And they are misusing "consumer fraud" statutes to do it. I suspect SPLC picked a Jewish service organization first because they were hoping many of us in the Christian community would ignore it. But whatever you think about sexual orientation, it's wrong to tell people they can't ask for help to live their sexual lives as they choose, not as the SPLC's lawyers want them to do. This is a test case, in other words: if the SPLC wins, they hope to use it to unleash bankrupting civil lawsuits against 70 or more pro-family groups. They were hoping no one would take the case on and that JONAH would be left to fluster with little or no legal help.” [NOMBlog, 7/18/2013]
NOM Condemned UK Ban On Conversion Therapy And Defended Therapist Called Threat to Public Safety By UK Psychodrama Association. UK therapist Michael Davidson was placed under investigation after published ethical guidelines in the UK said it was “an ethical offense” to attempt to change a client’s sexual orientation. NOM wrote, “A would be therapist is kicked out of a program and called a threat to ‘public safety’ because he says he used to live as a gay man and no longer does. Therapists warned their licenses will be threatened if they try to help patients who want help with same-sex attraction. Whether you are gay or not, the withdrawal of all assistance in helping people live the lives they choose--and the punitive attitude towards scientific discussion and professional practice--is chilling. An incredible repression not only of speech, and employment, but of science itself.” [NOMBlog, 4/23/12]
NOM Posted Defense Of Michele Bachmann’s Husband’s Conversion Therapy Practice By Greg Quinlan of PFOX. NOM posted on its blog, “We've been following with concern the organized efforts by gay activists to demonize Michele Bachmann's husband. Greg Quinlan, President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays and Executive Director of Equality and Justice For All comes to Mr. Bachmann's defense -- and to the defense of others who are not given a voice: ‘Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann? Apparently, Mr. Bachmann, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, operates several counseling centers which also offer services to homosexual clients seeking to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. But because even one ex-gay proves that homosexual behavior is not innate or immutable, the gay lobby's fear of their former members results in false claims and attacks aimed at preventing homosexuals from exercising their right to self-determination. They cannot bear to have even one homosexual leave homosexuality, hence their outrage at Dr. Bachmann.” [NOMBlog, 7/13/11]
NOM Promoted FRC Documentary Claiming That Sexual Orientation Can Be Changed And Including Conversion Therapists. Equality Matters reported, “Last week, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strengthened its ‘treasure[d]’ relationship with the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) by promoting its 30-minute documentary ‘The Problem with Same-Sex Marriage’…. FRC’s documentary, however, isn’t just a rehashing of NOM’s typical ‘protect marriage’ talking points. In fact, it’s riddled with anti-gay propaganda that NOM has previously claimed to reject, like the myths that homosexuality can be cured and same-sex parents harm their children….The documentary includes the testimony of a number of alleged “ex-gays” – people who claim to have changed their sexual orientation to become heterosexual. Heads of several “ex-gay” organizations assert that “change” is possible, despite the medical community’s widespread condemnation of “ex-gay” therapy….As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has noted, NOM has a long habit of letting other anti-gay groups do its ‘dirty work.’” [Equality Matters, 5/22/12]
5.)NOM’s Brian Brown says families headed by gay and lesbian parents aren’t “normal,” and he even traveled to Russia to support a draconian bill banning adoption by same-sex couples.
Brian Brown Warned Consequence Of Same-Sex Marriage Would Be That Same Sex Couples Would Be Treated Equally As Heterosexual Couples In Adoptions. According to the New York Times, “If same-sex marriage becomes a cultural norm, Mr. Brown warns, heterosexual couples will no longer have preference over gay men and lesbians in adoptions, schoolchildren will be taught that same-sex parenting is normal, and those who oppose it will be labeled bigots. Already he worries about his safety and that of his handful of employees, which is why there is a security lock on his office door. ‘Children are taught in kindergarten, first grade, that it’s the same thing to grow up and marry a boy as to marry a girl,’ he said in a recent interview on C-Span. ‘That is a profound consequence.’” [New York Times, 3/23/2013]
NOM Said Massachusetts Catholic Charities Was “Forced” To Close After Non-Discrimination Clause Forbid Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couples In Adoptions. According to NOMBlog, “Advocates behind the push to redefine marriage have disregarded the well-being of children, who benefit from mothers and fathers shaping them in different, important ways, and demonstrate a shocking lack of tolerance for those who understand that marriage is a unique institution worth protecting. The state's redefinition of marriage violated Massachusetts Catholic Charities' deeply-held beliefs about the nature of marriage, forcing them to close, and subsequently hurt the children who Catholic Charities would have otherwise been able to place in loving homes with mothers and fathers…. The notion that religious organizations must conform with arbitrary ‘nondiscrimination’ standards seems to be more important to Pizer than the First Amendment and the rights it grants all people. The core of society and the basic human freedom of religion are at stake as Americans work to protect marriage. The battle to uphold marriage has never been more essential.” [NOMBlog, 5/29/2014]
Brian Brown Said Rhode Island’s Marriage Equality Bill Was “Unconscionable” When A State “Intentionally Deprive[s] Some Kids Of Either A Mom Or A Dad.” According to NOM Blog, when reacting to Rhode Island’s passage of marriage equality, “Brown said that the biggest losers in the redefinition of marriage will be children. ‘For the first time, the state of Rhode Island is saying to its children they do not deserve both a mother and a father, and are backing a law that is designed to intentionally deprive some kids of either a mom or a dad,’ Brown said. ‘It's bad enough when families break down through divorce or death, but it's unconscionable when a state encourages this through policies that deprive children of the love of both a mother and a father. This is a very sad day for Rhode Island.’” [NOMBlog, 4/24/2013]
June 2013: Brian Brown Traveled To Russia With Five French Activists To Discuss Gay Adoption. At the invitation of the State Duma, a delegation of five French went to Moscow: Aymeric Chauprade, writer, specialist in geopolitics, Fabrice Sorlin specialist Franco-Russian issues, François Legrier representative of the Catholic Movement of Families Odile Téqui representative families and children gassed by police during protests against the homosexual "marriage" and Hugues Revel, representing the collective "Catholic Campaign." We were accompanied to the Duma by Mr. Brian Brown, president of the powerful National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has made a remarkable speech in the Duma, where he called for an international life and marriage. [Catholiques en Campagne (translated), 6/23/13]
· Brown Addressed The Duma Opposing Gay Adoption And Defending The “Normal Civil Rights” Of Children. “Brown: I think that this visit , an invitation to visit Russia , will contribute to the development of this movement all over the world. We will unite, we will protect our children, their normal civil rights. Every child should have the right to have normal parents: the father and the mother.” [Brian Brown Speech to the Russian Duma (translated), 6/13/13]
· While In Russia, Brown Attended A Roundtable On "Traditional Values: The Future Of The European Peoples,” Hosted By The St. Basil The Great Foundation. [St. Basil the Great Foundation (translated), 6/13/13]
· Brown To Russia: “If You Don’t Defend Your Values Now, I’m Afraid We’re Going To See Very Negative Developments All Over The World.” “Brown: Right now you’re having the fight about adoption, but the adoption issue is indivisible from the marriage issue. If you don’t defend your values now, I’m afraid we’re going to see very negative developments all over the world.” [“Vesti,” Russia 1, 6/2013]
· Putin Signed The Anti Gay Adoption Bill Days After Brown’s Trip To Russia. “President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that sharply limits the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. The new law prohibits adoption by same-sex foreign couples whose homeland recognizes their union as marriage, as well as by single people or unmarried couples from those countries.” [Associated Press, 7/4/13]
· 600,000 Russian Children Are Without Parental Custody. “The adoption bill further shrinks the possibilities for 600,000 Russian children without parental custody. Last year, Russia banned all adoptions by Americans.” [Associated Press, 7/4/13]
6.)Though NOM tries to portray itself as a grassroots organization, they aren’t. In reality, NOM is primarily funded by a few large donors who hide behind a wall of secrecy.
Only 5 Donors Accounted For Over 88% Of NOM’s Total Funding in 2010. According to HRC’s analysis, “The following year, the plot thickened. Our analysis of NOM’s 2010 Form 990, filed with the Internal Revenue Service in November 2011 and obtained by the American Independent, confirmed that the top five donors to NOM accounted for almost 90 percent of its funding. We can only conclude that NOM’s claim to being a grassroots organization representing thousands is phony. Tax returns don’t lie. HRC’s breakdown of NOM’s 2010 total revenue from contributions of $9,197,742 is as follows: Top 2 donors: $6,356,000 (69.1%), Top 5 donors: $8,106,000 (88.1%), Top 10 donors: $8,326,000 (90.5%).” [HRC, NOMExposed, Follow the Money, Accessed 9/7/14]
$4.7 Million Of $6.7 NOM Million Budget Came From 2 Mega-Donors. According to NOM’s 2011 990 Form, more than $4.7 Million of NOM’s total $6.2 Million reported came from 2 mega-donors. [National Organization For Marriage, IRS Form 990, 2011]
In 2012, NOM’s Top Three Donors Accounted For Over Half Of Political Advocacy Fund’s Total Fundraising.“[NOM] raised nearly $14.5 million in contributions, with the bulk of it — more than $9.4 million — going to the political advocacy arm. The advocacy arm also reported receiving more than $1.6 million in reimbursement of expenses, Although the names of the donors are redacted, the largest donor to NOM was a person who gave the organization’s political advocacy arm more than $2.6 million. Another donor gave $1.9 million to the political advocacy arm, while a third gave $1.5 million. The second largest donor to the organization gave $2 million to the education arm, while another gave a little more than $1 million. The political advocacy arm — a 501©(4) organization — reported more than $13 million in expenses, with the education arm — a 501©(3) organization — reporting a little less than $3.5 million in expenses.” [Buzzfeed, 11/18/13]
7.)NOM is so hell-bent on operating secretly, the organization is willing to break the law to avoid exposing its deep pockets. In May the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted to fine NOM to the tune of over $50,000 after a four-year investigation exposed “a significant violation of law” by the national anti-LGBTQ organization.
James Bopp, The Lawyer For NOM, Planned To Appeal A Federal Ruling That Would Force The Prop 8 Campaign To Disclose Donors. The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “England's written ruling followed his decision at an Oct. 21 hearing in Sacramento to dismiss a lawsuit by committees that backed Prop. 8 seeking an exemption from the state law that makes public the names of all who contributed $100 or more. James Bopp, a lawyer for Protect Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage, said Monday that he will appeal England's ruling. He predicted higher courts will find that campaign contributors who face likely harassment should be shielded from disclosure even if a majority of voters supported them.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/8/11)
The Supreme Court Ruled 8-1 Against NOM-Backed Group For Hiding Petition Signers During Same-Sex Marriage Fight In Washington State. According to Huffington Post, “In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 against a NOM-backed group called Protect Marriage Washington, declaring that the group broke the law by hiding the names of petition-signers during its fight against same-sex marriage in Washington state. Justice Antonin Scalia, no friend of gay causes, joined the majority, writing that fear of harassment is ‘a price our people have traditionally been willing to pay for self-governance.’” [Huffington Post, 5/29/14]
NOM Memo Stated Proposal For Donors To Donate Directly To NOM In Order To Support Local Ballot Initiatives Without Disclosing Name In States Where Disclosure Is Required. According to Huffington Post, “In a confidential internal document from August 2009, leaked that fall, NOM identified a ‘serious hurdle’ in the way of its core goal of banning same-sex marriage nationwide. Written after a bruising fight over California's same-sex marriage ban, the document warned that recent ‘threats of intimidation’ against donors may discourage people from making political contributions for ballot initiatives in states where political campaigns were required to disclose donor identities. The memo proposed a workaround: Invite donors to give directly to NOM, instead of to the organization’s individual campaigns in those states. NOM could then funnel money to these campaigns from its coffers, while keeping quiet about where the money came from.” [Huffington Post, 5/29/14]
HRC Filed A Complaint With The Public Disclosure Board To Require NOM To Disclose Its Donors. The Star Tribune reported, “A gay and lesbian rights organization accused a group pushing an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota of violating state campaign finance laws by not disclosing donors behind a $250,000 contribution to the effort. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) asked regulators with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to investigate the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)… The sudden skirmish surfaced Wednesday as details from the first round of campaign disclosure reports became available to the public. More than $2 million has been raised by groups on both sides of the ballot campaign. The lead group opposing the ban, Minnesotans United for All Families, reported $1.2 million raised from 5,100 donors. The lead organization supporting the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, reported $830,000 raised. The bulk of that was in large donations from groups, including NOM, which on its state disclosure filing did not name its individual donors.” (Star Tribune, 2/2/12)
The Maine Commission On Governmental Ethics And Election Practices Ruled That NOM Broke The Law In 2009 By Refusing To Disclose Donor Names. According to Huffington Post, “The National Organization for Marriage, a leader in the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S., sustained a blow to its five-year effort to keep campaign donors' names secret on Wednesday. The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices ruled that NOM broke the law in 2009 by refusing to disclose donor names during its successful campaign to overturn the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. The commission ordered NOM to pay more than $50,000 in penalties and to reveal supporters' identities. ‘Maine people deserve to know who is funding political campaigns to influence their vote,’ a memo from the commission explains. The memo says NOM intentionally circumvented a law requiring political campaigns to disclose donors.” [Huffington Post, 5/29/14]
After IRS Settlement, NOM Still Wants to Discover How Gay Activist Received List By Offering Him Immunity, Suggests Leak Was Intentional.“The National Organization for Marriage said the $50,000 settlement the IRS paid the group for releasing its private tax information was a start, but it still wants the Justice Department to grant immunity to the key gay rights activist involved in the release. NOM chairman John Eastman said Wednesday that the Justice Department is stonewalling attempts to figure out whether the Internal Revenue Service leak, which improperly included a list of the group's donors, was intentional. He said officials have declined to offer immunity to Matthew Meisel, a Boston-based gay rights activist who received the illegally released donor list after submitting a request for the group's tax return and who has invoked his right against self-incrimination. NOM says granting him immunity from prosecution would help find out how he got the donor list. ‘We asked the Department of Justice to grant him immunity and he had asked the Department of Justice to grant him immunity and the Department of Justice refused,’ Mr. Eastman told The Washington Times. ‘So why would you not grant immunity if you have already determined not to prosecute the guy?’ Mr. Eastman said that is a ‘huge red flag that there is likely something more to uncover here.’” [Washington Times, 7/3/14]
· NOM Requested A Special Prosecutor Be Appointed to Look In To The Leak of Documents By IRS. According to a press release from NOM, “Even though the IRS has agreed to pay us $50,000 and admitted they were responsible for the illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor information, there's still so much we don't know about this scandal. Despite the heroic work of our legal team to hold the IRS accountable, there is only so much we can do as private citizens. To get to the bottom of this and truly hold the IRS accountable, the American people need the appointment of a special prosecutor. Please take the time right now to send a message to your Senators urging them to co-sponsor and support Texas Senator Ted Cruz's Resolution (SJ 487) calling for such a special prosecutor.” [NOMBlog, 7/2/14]
8.)This isn’t about partisan politics. In 2014, facing a string of legal defeats, NOM has decided that the best use of its remaining funds is to attack Republicans just for being pro-equality.
2014: NOM Paid For Robocalls Against Republican Congressional Candidates Supportive Of Same-Sex Marriage. Talking Points Memo reported that “The National Organization for Marriage, the leading anti-gay marriage group, reported Monday to the Federal Election Commission that it had spent several thousand dollars on robocalls attacking openly gay Republican congressional candidates. NOM reported it spent more than $2,000 each on calls opposing GOP candidates Carl DeMaio in the California 52nd and Richard Tisei in the Massachusetts 6th. DeMaio and Tisei are both openly gay and support same-sex marriage. The group is also spending money on calls against Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby, who announced her support for gay marriage last month.” [Talking Points Memo, 10/13/2014]
NOM Sent Letter To GOP Leadership Warning GOP Of Opposition To GOP Congressional Candidates Supportive Of Same-Sex Marriage. According to Talking Points Memo, “[NOM] did send a letter (also signed by leaders of the Family Research Council and CitizenLink) at the end of September to GOP leadership warning that it planned to oppose the candidates. ‘This decision was reached only after having exhausted all attempts to convince the Republican leadership of the grave error it was making in advancing candidates who do not hold core Republican beliefs and, in fact, are working to actively alienate the Republican base,’ the letter said. ‘Carl DeMaio, Richard Tisei and Monica Wehby are antithetical to the Republican platform.’ The letter said that DeMaio ‘supports and aggressively advocates for the redefinition of marriage, and welcomed the judicial activism of the federal courts which stripped the people of California of their votes in support of maintaining marriage as the union on one man and one woman.’ It called Tisei ‘an outspoken advocate for redefining marriage.’ The letter did not specifically address the fact that DeMaio and Tisei are gay; it also criticized their and Wehby's positions on issues like abortion and marijuana legalization. ‘We cannot in good conscience urge our members and fellow citizens to support candidates like DeMaio, Tisei or Wehby. They are wrong on critical, foundational issues of importance to the American people,’ it concluded. ‘Worse, as occupants of high office they will secure a platform in the media to advance their flawed ideology and serve as terrible role models for young people who will inevitably be encouraged to emulate them.’” [Talking Points Memo, 10/13/2014, LETTER]
NOM: “We Cannot Sit By When People Calling Themselves Republicans Seek High Office While Espousing Positions That Are Antithetical To The Overwhelming Majority Of Republicans.” On their website, NOM wrote, “Three of the nation's top pro-family groups have announced an unprecedented campaign against three top Republican candidates for federal office because the candidates are supporters of same-sex 'marriage' and abortion. The National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council Action and CitizenLink announced they will urge voters not to support Republican House candidates Carl DeMaio (CA-52) and Richard Tisei (MA-6), and will urge Oregon voters not to support US Senate candidate Monica Wehby. ‘The Republican Party platform is a 'statement of who we are and what we believe.' Thus, the platform supports the truth of marriage as the union of husband and wife, and recognizes the sanctity and dignity of human life. This is what Republicans believe,’ said Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). ‘It is extremely disappointing to see Republican leaders in Washington help push the election of candidates who reject the party's principled positions on these and other core issues. We cannot sit by when people calling themselves Republicans seek high office while espousing positions that are antithetical to the overwhelming majority of Republicans.’” [NOMBlog, 9/25/2014]
NOM Attacked Gay Republican Candidate For ‘Holding The Hand Of His Gay Lover,’ Said Candidate ‘Comes From An Environment Where Sexual Morality Is A Thing Of The Past.” Think Progress reported, “Carl DeMaio is a gay Republican running for Congress from California. Last week, he made a little bit of history by being one of the first openly gay candidates for Congress to run an ad featuring an image of him holding his the hand of his partner, Jonathan Hale, while walking in the San Diego LGBTQ pride parade. This, according to the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, means that DeMaio is dangerous to children.”....In a fundraising e-mail, Brown wrote ‘In their midst the candidate walks down the street holding the hand of his gay lover. He waves at the crowd and smiles approvingly. These are his people, and he is at home…..Carl DeMaio claims to be ‘one of us’ but his vision of America is very different from ours. He comes from an environment where sexual morality is a thing of the past, where children are indoctrinated into questioning their own sexuality, where gender is considered fluid but sexual orientation is fixed, and where a candidate who supports abortion, gay ‘marriage,’ gun control and medical marijuana can call himself a conservative — and a ‘reformer.’’” [Think Progress, 2/20/2014; NOMBlog, 2/20/2014]
9.)NOM hosted a rally and invited speakers who likened the marriage equality movement to slavery, and other terrible comparisons
Bishop Harry Jackson Said “Folks Who Cannot Reproduce Want To Recruit Your Kids.” At Glenn Beck’s Under God Indivisible Conference, Bishop Harry Jackson said, “"Folks who cannot reproduce want to recruit your kids. What we're facing is a radical force of people who want to change the way America looks the next twenty years, and we need to stop this thing now.” [Right Wing Watch, 8/2/2012, VIDEO]
Bishop Harry Jackson Said “If You Cannot Reproduce You May Try To Recruit….Just Like During The Times Of Hitler.” On AFA’s radio program Nothing But Truth, Jackson said, “It’s obviously disingenuous when they say marriage equality for everyone and I was just pointing out the fact that it really isn’t marriage for everyone, it’s a special kind of marriage for radical gay activists. They want to impose their will on the culture and if you cannot reproduce you may try to recruit, and what I mean by that is what is going on is an attempt to reshape, refashion the mind, hearts and desires of the next generation. Many Christians are sitting back and we aren’t speaking out, but the reality is just like during the times of Hitler we have people coming after one group after another group after another group, and folks are saying, well this doesn’t affect me I’ll let this slide, we have a problem that really we have a whole generation of people who want to affect not only their lives and choices but the choices of another generation.” [Right Wing Watch, 5/17/2012, AFA, Nothing But Truth]
Bishop Harry Jackson Said Of Marriage Equality, “What We’re Dealing With Is A Satanic Plot To Destroy Our Seed.” In an interview with Bradlee Dean, Jackson said, “What we’re dealing with is a satanic plot to destroy our seed. I think where we are now is that there is an issue of justice that is being perverted and we have a minority group in a sense that has decided that they are going to impose their will on the culture – by force – and redefine God’s law and not care whether a whole generation of people are so confused that they don’t even remember the role of a mother and a father.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/18/2011]
Ryan Anderson Compared Compared Gender Orientation To Pedophilia And Alcoholism. In a column for the Daily Princetonian, Ryan Anderson wrote, “From the premise that homosexual characteristics are 'determined,' many make the unwarranted leap of asserting the moral legitimacy of homosexual acts. Alcoholism, for example, is often claimed to be genetic, yet its being genetic does not mean it is good… We neither excuse the crimes of a pedophiliac priest for genes that attracted him to children, nor do we dismiss the generosity of someone like Mother Teresa as the consequence of her biological makeup. We have good and bad desires, and likewise we have orientations that may incline us toward good or bad. These desires and orientations, however, are not morally important; only our actions and intentions are. Regardless of our 'natural' yearnings, we are called to the good.”...”All people, regardless of their genetic makeup, orientation, or ‘natural’ urges, are called to be saints. No one is excused from living out his or her calling in the realm of sexuality — not the womanizer, the ‘easy’ girl, the engaged couple that just can't wait, the porn enthusiast or the sexually active gay couple.” [Daily Princetonian, 11/5/2003]
Gary Bauer Said “I Will Encourage Anybody I Can To Get Out Of What I Think Is A Destructive Lifestyle.” In a 1998 discussion at Harvard University, Bauer said “It seems to me that if you are talking about oppression, I can't think of a greater oppression than to try to force somebody to continue to live as apparently you and some others here are living. Again, if that is your choice, you will bear the consequences of it, but how you can be against somebody else trying to get out of that way of life if they choose to do so and find happiness some other way is bizarre to me. I will encourage anybody I can to get out of what I think is a destructive lifestyle. I don't believe a healthy society can endorse, subsidize, or encourage it. I am sorry if this disappoints you, but again, on this, I am immovable.” [Harvard University, Questions And Answers On Homosexuality, 4/13/1998]
Dr. Jim Garlow Said “Enslavement Would Come Upon Us If Gay Marriage Actually Passed In A State.” In a 2011 interview on Family Talk with James Dobson, Garlow said, “Isn't it interesting that the African Americans that were brought here against their will, coercively, in bondage and chains in a horrific experience called slavery...they end up being, in state by state, in many cases, what has saved us from the bondage and enslavement that would come upon us if gay marriage actually passed in a state, California being a prime example where the African Americans saved us from the bondage we would've faced.” [Good As You, 3/29/2011, Family Talk With Dr. James Dobson, 3/28/2011, AUDIO]
Dr. Jim Garlow Said President Obama’s Support For Marriage Equality “Means That Everbody Who Is Under That Redefined Marriage Will Lack Either A Mommy Or A Daddy [Like Those Who Lost Parents On 9/11] And That Is Morally Wrong.” At the 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference, Dr. Jim Garlow said, “Our President gave a speech a few days ago in which he said, ‘the tragedy of 9/11 was that it robbed so many children of having a mommy or a daddy.' Well, you know something Mr. President, your failure to defend marriage and to redefine marriage means that everybody who is under that redefined marriage will lack either a mommy or a daddy and that is morally wrong.” [Think Progress, 6/4/2011, Faith and Freedom Conference, 6/4/2011]
Rev. Bill Owens Said “Well If It’s A Civil Right For A Man To Marry A Man, And A Woman To Marry A Woman, What’s The Difference Of A Man Deciding He Wants TO Have Sex With A Dog?” At a 2012 press conference for the Coalition of African-American Pastors, Rev. Owens said, “Well if it’s a civil right for a man to marry man, and a woman to marry woman, what’s the difference of a man deciding he wants to have sex with a dog?” “When people that you don’t know they’re homosexuals, and they get caught into something, they will tell you it was early childhood that they were molested. Sometimes by a family member, sometimes by their father, or sometimes by a friend. It starts in early childhood. Homosexuality spreads because somebody abused children.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/13/2012, VIDEO]
10.) NOM is losing support and donors fast as more people stand up for civil rights and against discrimination. Maybe that’s why Brian Brown is travelling all over the world looking for countries more hostile to equality and more open to NOM’s outdated views.
NOM’s Revenue Grew From 2008 To 2010, But Saw A More Than $2 Million Decline From 2010 To 2011. The group also has more than $700,000 in negative net assets. (National Organization for Marriage, IRS Form 990, 2009 – 2011)
NOM Ended Fiscal Year 2012 $2.7 Million In the Red, While Educational Arm Had Just Over $1/6 Million. According to Buzzfeed, “One of the nation’s leading organizations opposed to same-sex couples’ marriage rights found itself in the red at the end of a year in which it found itself on the losing end of four major state marriage fights, federal records show. According to reports filed with Internal Revenue Service, The National Organization for Marriage, which has been a leader in the fight against same-sex couples’ marriage rights, was more than $2.7 million in the red because of of its political advocacy arm’s spending, while the organization’s educational arm ended fiscal year 2012 with just over $1.6 million in the bank. All told, the organization was more than $1 million in the red following a difficult year for those fighting marriage equality battles.” [Buzzfeed, 11/18/13]
2012: NOM Spent Over $6 Million To Fight Same-Sex Marriage In Seven States—Six Of Which Now Have Marriage Equality. According to Think Progress, “The National Organization for Marriage and its affiliated “Education Fund” combined to spend more than $16.5 million in 2012, according to the groups’ newly released tax filings. More than $6 million of this money went to fight against same-sex marriage in seven states — six of which now have marriage equality — as well as numerous other failed political efforts. While the NOM Education Fund (its 501(c)(3) arm) ended the year with about $1.6 million in the bank, NOM’s main 501(c)(4) account ended 2012 more than $2.7 million in debt. According to the IRS Form 990s for the two tax-exempt organizations, NOM spent more than $2.1 million in Minnesota in support of efforts to amend the state’s constitution. After the amendment failed by a 51 to 47 margin and helped cost the Republicans control of both the state House and Senate, the legislature enacted marriage equality this May. The group spent another $3.8 million to oppose pro-marriage equality state referenda in Maine, Maryland, and Washington. Voters in all three rejected NOM’s arguments and passed marriage equality. The group’s lone success came in North Carolina, where it spent $425,000 in support of the state’s marriage inequality amendment — though even that victory is currently being challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union.” [Think Progress, 11/19/13]
· 2014: North Carolina’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Was Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge, Clearing Way For Legal Marriages. According to the Raleigh News Observer, “Same-sex marriage became legal in North Carolina on Friday after a dizzying day of court filings that ended with a federal judge in the western part of the state nullifying the ban on such unions. Scenes of jubilation, relief and an emotional sense of history erupted across the state. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn set off the rush to courthouses throughout the state with the stroke of his pen. Cogburn was assigned this week to a lawsuit filed last year by clergy challenging North Carolina’s 2012 constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. At 5:32 p.m. Friday, he issued a ruling that is likely to become a part of the history books. ‘The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a moral issue,’ Cogburn stated in his ruling. ‘It is a legal issue and it is clear as a matter of what is now settled law in the Fourth Circuit that North Carolina laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, refusing to recognize same-sex marriages originating elsewhere, and/or threatening to penalize those who would solemnize such marriages, are unconstitutional.’” [Raleigh News-Observer, 10/10/2014]
September 2014: Brian Brown Attended The “International Family Forum” In Moscow. [International Family Forum, Moscow, Russia, 9/10/14-9/11/14]
September 2014: Brown Participated In Manif Pour Tous’ “Universite d’Ete” Conference In France. Brian Brown delivered a speech on “L’experience international du combat contre la redefinition du mariage’ at Manif Pour Tous’ annual “Universite d’Ete” conference in Palavas-les-Flots, France. [La Manif Pour Tous, accessed 9/5/14]
· Brown Was Listed As President Of The “International Organization For Marriage” In Manif Pour Tous Promotional Materials. [La Manif Pour Tous, accessed 9/5/14]
October 2013: Brown Traveled To Russia With Other Anti-Gay Activists To Plan The 2014 World Congress Of Families. “Members of the International Planning Committee for WCF VIII that attended the Moscow meeting included: Ignacio Arsuaga (HazteOir, Spain), Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage, U.S.), Benjamin Bull (Alliance Defending Freedom, U.S.), Allan Carlson, Lawrence Jacobs and Don Feder (The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and World Congress of Families, U.S.), Silvio Dalla Valle (Association for the Defense of Christian Values, Italy), Shelly Locke (Power of Mothers, U.S.), Bob McKoskrie (Family First, New Zealand), Tom Minnery (Focus on The Family, U.S.) Justin Murff (Christian Broadcasting Network, U.S.), Austin Ruse (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, U.S.), Steven Smoot (Family First Foundation, U.S.), Christopher Carmouche (GrassTopsUSA), Christine Vollmer (Latin American Alliance for the Family, Venezuela), Peter Westmore (Australian Family Association), Srdjan Nogo (Dveri, Serbia), Vincente Segu (Incluyendo Mexico), Fabrice Sorlin (France) and Jack Hanick (formerly with FOX News, U.S.).” [World Congress of Families Press Release, 10/23/13]
September 2013: Brown Traveled To Australia In To Address The World Congress Of Families. “Australia held elections for Prime Minister the other day, but it was as much a referendum on whether the Aussies would redefine marriage or not. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd nailed his hopes of winning to a promise of introducing legislation to redefine marriage within the first 100 days of returning to office (And the result was a total surprise to the so-called pundits!—my addition). As was rep