Thursday, December 20, 2012

NOM "victorious" after getting their ass kicked

So I got this email from National Organization for Marriage today. In the email, Brian Brown is staking a claim to numerous Pyrrhic victories that they either orchestrated or funded. It's a gimme-money email so I guess that they are trying to convince donors that their money is well spent. Or, perhaps, they are trying to convince themselves.

OK, I admit that they were successful in getting a marriage amendment passed in North Carolina but that's about it. It's not like the North Carolina legislature was on the verge of voting for marriage equality. So what's the effect?

Taking credit for unseating a few Republican State Senators in New York is kind of like taking credit for Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell upsetting Mike Castle. As in Delaware, the NY GOPers were replaced with liberal Democrats.

During the year, Brian Brown also took credit for transferring control of the New Hampshire legislature. Then, despite claiming numerous times to have the votes to do so, they were unable to repeal marriage equality. Money well spent Brian.

Then there was election day, 2012.

Maybe I have a faulty memory but didn't NOM get trounced? Maine, Maryland and Washington all became equal marriage states. Maine reversed a 2009 "people's veto" which means that NOM was heavily invested in inequality     twice. In Minnesota they failed to get a marriage amendment passed. Unlike North Carolina, a legislative victory for equality is a very real possibility in Minnessota. Oh, and let's not forget that NOM and Robby George's American Principles Project were heavily invested in a judicial retention election in Iowa. They lost that too.

And let's not forget that National Organization for Marriage was for Mitt Romney too. Romney even signed their preposterous "marriage pledge." Furthermore, when President Obama came out in support for marriage equality, Brian Brown was certain that it cost the President reelection. All in all, President Obama's reelection was a huge loss for NOM and the Catholic bishops for which NOM is but a proxy and Opus Dei which has its tentacles in everything that NOM does. Not only did Obama beat Romney but he did so after taking a position on equality in direct contrast to Romney.

We all knew that the Supreme Court was going to hear a DOMA challenge so that's no victory. In fact, the Court chose the the Windsor case which is probably the easiest to sustain as unconstitutional. We did not expect the Court to take the Prop 8 case. That's no victory either because the trial record is what it is. Cooper did not put on much of a case. That, too, is likely to be sustained which will effect recognition of same-sex marriage in California by the summer.


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