NOM: You’re Only A Bully If You Support Gay Rights
May 19, 2011 11:05 am ET by Carlos Maza
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) isn’t happy with a new campaign to get Orbitz to cease its sponsorship of Fox News due to Fox’s long history of anti-LGBT bigotry.
In a blog entry this week, NOM criticized pro-gay rights groups, including Equality Matters, for “bullying” Orbitz into ending its sponsorship.
As anybody who has had the displeasure of following NOM’s work over the past several months knows, the group clearly has a habit of tossing around accusations of “bullying” any time pro-LGBT groups attempt to pressure politicians or organizations to support equal rights.
How NOM actually defines bullying, however, is a little less clear.
Bullying: Pressuring King & Spalding To Stop Defending DOMA
NOM criticized groups like the Human Rights Campaign for contacting King & Spalding’s clients and informing them that the firm’s decision to take up the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) defense in federal court was in conflict with its stated commitment to diversity.
Not Bullying: Launching A Targeted Ad Campaign Against King & Spalding For Not Defending DOMA
In response to King & Spalding’s decision to drop its defense of DOMA, NOM launched a “nationwide web campaign” designed to allow “average Americans to express their views directly to King & Spalding’s leadership.” The campaign’s website, “We’re There Until You Need Us,” includes a petition condemning the firm’s “cowardice” and “abandonment of professional ethics,” as well as a Facebook page.
It makes no mention of recent evidence that reveals the firm was legally entitled to withdraw from its contract due to improper vetting.
Bullying: Tim Gill Pledging Millions To Elect Pro-Equality Candidates In Colorado
NOM criticized gay philanthropist Tim Gill for “threat[ening]” to donate millions of dollars in order to elect pro-equality candidates to the Colorado statehouse after it rejected a civil unions bill in March. In a blog post titled “Tim Gill Says: Vote My Way Or I’ll Dump $2 Million Against Your Party In Colorado,” NOM hinted that Gill’s efforts would shut down the voice of the people:
[W]hat remains to be seen is whether or not politicians who conscientiously reflect the views of Colorado voters on marriage will be able to continue representing those views in office, if Tim Gill and his mega-millionaire friends have anything to say about it.
Not Bullying: Dumping Millions Of Dollars In Maryland And New York To Target Pro-Equality Republicans
NOM pledged to spend $1 million to “hold Maryland legislators accountable” and target any Republicans who considered voting in favor of marriage equality earlier this year. In New York, the organization has already pledged another $1 million to “vigorously oppose in their primaries any Republicans who support gay marriage”:
NOM has defeated every pro-gay marriage Republican we’ve ever targeted, and we’re quite confident we will do so in New York, should that become necessary.
NOM has also pushed an ad by the Conservative Party warning Republican politicians that there will be “tears” if they vote in favor of marriage equality:
Bullying: Governor Cuomo Lobbying On-The-Fence Legislators To Support Marriage Equality
NOM has criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for encouraging legislators to support the state’s upcoming marriage equality bill. NOM promoted a column that described Cuomo’s efforts as “bullying” and “beating up” on the legislature. NOM also criticized him for trying to win “media accolades while alienating voters with his priorities.”
Not Bullying: Spending Half A Million Dollars To Oust Supreme Court Justices For Supporting Marriage Equality
NOM spent $650,000 in a campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices in response to their 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples to marry. The removal was unprecedented, marking the first time a state Supreme Court justice had not been retained since 1962, when the retention system for judges was created. When criticized for politicizing Iowa’s judiciary during a 2011 House hearing, Maggie Gallagher, NOM’s chairwoman, explained, “Well, I think there’s an argument about whether judicial elections are a good idea, and I have not expressed -- I don’t actually have an informed opinion on that.”
Does that clear things up?
It’s only “bullying” when LGBT groups refuse to sit down and accept discrimination without putting up a fight.
When NOM spends millions of dollars pressuring lawmakers, ousting judges, and targeting law firms in order to deny countless LGBT Americans equal rights, they’re just doing what’s right.