NOM’s New Chairman: Marriage Equality Is “Evil”
October 03, 2011 12:57 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Last month, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) recruited Dr. John Eastman to be its newest chairman of the board. At the time, we noted Eastman’s long history of extreme anti-gay comments, including referring to homosexuality as a form of “barbarism” and defending laws that criminalized gay sex.
In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Eastman made clear that his anti-gay animus would follow him to his new job:
Those fighting for traditional marriage can feel beaten down by the culture at large. Do you feel that victory for traditional marriage is possible?
Evil will be with us always, and it requires constant vigilance to defeat. I look at it as a litigator and an educator. There will always be threats to institutions grounded in human nature by those who think human nature doesn’t define limits. We need to be involved in the immediate defense of threats against marriage, but also take a long-range view by educating the next generation about the importance of the issues we’re confronting.
Calling marriage equality “evil” and unnatural is a step beyond the argument that one should oppose marriage equality out of concern for tradition, children, religious freedom, etc.
For if same-sex marriage is “evil” and contrary to human nature, what does that make gays and lesbians? What does that mean for their relationships, their families?
In the time since Eastman has taken over his new position, NOM promoted the idea that gays and lesbians are responsible for the “full-blown paganization” of America and lobbied against a California law that would mandate LGBT-inclusive public school curricula.
If the past two weeks are any indication, Eastman’s fight against “evil” is likely to target a lot more than same-sex marriage.