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NOM’s Proposition 8 hypocrisy will not be forgotten


The National Organization for Marriage has a link on its site talking about how the California Supreme Court will be hearing Prop 8 arguments on Sept. 6:

Breaking News:

California’s Supreme Court announced on Thursday that a new hearing date, Sept. 6, had been added to the calendar in the ongoing legal challenge to the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — where the Prop 8 case is on appeal — asked the state’s high court to determine, whether under California law, marriage amendment proponents “have the authority to assert the State’s interest,” since California’s governor and attorney general refuse to do so.

“The coalition of national organizations like Focus on the Family, and state organizations like all of the family policy councils, will not be deterred on the issue of marriage,” [Ron Prentice, chairman of’s executive committee] added, “because it involves God’s heart, society’s future and a child’s protection.”

You will notice that the link is from Focus on the Family and NOM doesn’t even offer commentary on what this will mean for the state of marriage equality in California.

It’s an ironic thing seeing that (according to NOM Exposed), the organization spent over 1.8 million in the effort to pass Prop 8.

But then again maybe it’s not ironic, seeing that after spending that money to pass the law, NOM was nowhere to be seen when it came to defending it in court.

Sure, when the trial was over and Prop 8 was overturned, Maggie Gallagher, NOM’s chairperson, appeared on news programs and wrote columns about how the case was biased against “traditional marriage.”

Gallagher blamed the judge, she blamed the lawyers opposing Prop 8 – Ted Olson and David Boies, and of course she blamed the gay community.

But the one thing she never mentioned is just why didn’t NOM testify in the case. The defense of Prop 8 only had two witnesses and one of these witness, David Blankenhorn, not only didn’t have the scholarly credentials but his testimony also ended up hurting the defense’s case.

Some folks speculate that Gallagher didn’t want to be cross-examined in regards to NOM’s finances and the claims the organization made in regards to children being harmed by marriage equality.

And some folks have even speculated that Gallagher didn’t want NOM to be exposed for its use of false claims about gays using marriage to harm children, which most likely would have happened had Olson or Boies were allowed to cross-examine her.

Now just who would speculate such a thing?

Most likely anyone who has any decent common sense.

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