NOM Rapidly Becoming An All-Purpose Anti-LGBT Organization
September 09, 2013 5:09 pm ET by Luke Brinker
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) stresses that its sole focus is denying same-sex couples the right to marry and that its "battle is not with an orientation." But NOM's leadership is rapidly shedding any pretense of being focused only on the battle over marriage equality, championing junk "ex-gay" therapy, dabbling in transphobia, promoting an anti-gay alternative to the Boy Scouts, and condemning anti-discrimination laws.
Denying that anti-LGBT animus motivated NOM's work, co-founder Maggie Gallagher insisted in 2010 that the organization's mission was simply to combat "a political movement that seeks to use the law to embed a new moral idea: that there is no difference between same-sex and opposite-sex couples." Since then, NOM has done everything in its power to vindicate critics who saw Gallagher's words as nothing more than whitewashing.
In recent weeks, NOM has inserted itself into the fight against a new California law ensuring that transgender students can use facilities and play on sports teams that match their gender identities. Despite the utter lack of any connection between the marriage equality fight and transgender issues, NOM President Brian Brown blasted the law, claiming it made children "weapons in [a] culture war":
NOM Political Director Frank Schubert will lead the coalition of right-wing groups fighting the law.
Meanwhile, NOM's educational arm, the Ruth Institute, took to Twitter on September 9 to promote the launch of an anti-gay alternative to the Boy Scouts of America:
On the same day, the Ruth Institute promoted a post from the right-wing Liberty Institute defending anti-LGBT discrimination and denouncing San Antonio's new anti-discrimination ordinance. The post fretted that more localities may adopt policies that make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
NOM's early public posturing has been revealed as precisely that. It's becoming exceedingly difficult to deny that NOM has a problem with LGBT people in general - not just their right to marry whom they love.