NOM Devotes 20% Of Blog To Non-Marriage Issues In May
June 02, 2011 12:35 pm ET by Carlos Maza
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) loves to describe itself as a group that’s solely concerned with marriage, made up of people who love and respect gays and lesbians but want to preserve the “traditional” definition of marriage. As NOM’s chairwoman Maggie Gallagher has said:
I’m very proud of the message that NOM has carried consistently and with great love and courage: which is that marriage matters because children need a mom and dad; Our battle is not with an orientation but a political movement that seeks to use the law to embed a new moral idea: there is no difference between same-sex and opposite sex couples and you’re a hater, bigot and quasi-racist if you disagree. [emphasis added]
This May, Equality Matters decided to examine just how far away from its only-marriage message NOM has strayed.
The results might (not at all) surprise you.
Roughly 20 percent of the entries on NOM’s blog in the month of May were unrelated to the organization’s stated goal of “protecting marriage.” Instead, these posts dealt with a number of more traditional anti-gay topics.
Check out a breakdown of NOM’s May posts below:
Opposing Civil Unions
NOM’s opposition to marriage equality is just part of the organization’s broader opposition to any legal recognition of same-sex couples. Using the argument that civil unions create a “backdoor” into same-sex marriage, the group has aggressively opposed efforts to provide same-sex couples with even fraction of the rights and protections currently afforded to heterosexual couples.
Opposing Pro-LGBT Curricula
In recent weeks, NOM has become increasingly involved in the fight against anti-bullying efforts that attempt to teach kids to respect and appreciate their LGBT peers. These lessons have nothing to do with marriage, but NOM opposes them anyways. In May, NOM pushed polls opposing Harvey Milk Day, fear-mongered about a “gender diversity” lesson in California, and freaked out about a Queerty post that supported teaching students about “queer sexuality.”
May 16: Queerty's Wrong About One Thing
Opposing Same-Sex Parenting
NOM relies heavily on the myth that same-sex parents aren’t fit to raise children in order to promote their agenda against marriage equality. NOM’s chairwoman Maggie Gallagher advanced this assertion under oath during a House hearing on the Defense Of Marriage Act, so it’s not surprise that NOM’s blog is following in lock-step.
May 27: Gender Confusion over at Slate
Opposing Non-Discrimination Efforts
NOM is also in the business of opposing non-discrimination laws that protect LGBT Americans. The group routinely downplays the existence of oppression of the LGBT community and supports clearly discriminatory laws and policies on the grounds of religious liberty. This past month, NOM focused on protecting religious adoption agencies that choose to discriminate against (non-married) same-sex parents. The organization also criticized an ABC show for exposing the impact that NOM’s talking points can have on LGBT families.
Exaggerating LGBT Political Clout
NOM depicts pro-LGBT rights groups as omnipotent “bullies” that use force and intimidation to coerce innocent and helpless Americans into supporting same-sex marriage. This message is essential in order to distract people away from NOM’s own tactics.
May 16: Poor Jim Wallis!
A few of NOM’s posts were harder to place into a specific category but clearly demonstrated a general resentment towards the LGBT community. One post pushed a poll finding the percentage of people in Europe who found homosexuality to be “immoral.” Another post defended Chick-fil-A, a company that has donated over $1 million to anti-gay groups. Still others attempted to downplay the size of the LGBT community while not-so-subtly hinting that homosexuality isn’t innate.
May 24: Afghans Take Back the Rainbow
Promoting Republican/Conservative Causes
When it isn’t playing the anti-gay game, NOM makes sure to cement itself in conservative Republican circles, highlighting GOP presidential candidates it approves of, egging on anti-gay politicians, and, of course, bashing the supposedly Soros-funded media.
May 16: The Donald Says Not This Time
May 24: Huntsman's Debut in NH
All of this in just one month.
It’s long past time for NOM to drop its “we’re only concerned with marriage” act. It’s a right-wing, conservative, anti-LGBT group, just like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.
It’s time we started treating it as such.