NOM announces leadership change, Gallagher out as board chairman

John Eastman (left) and Maggie Gallagher

John Eastman (left) and Maggie Gallagher

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Thursday announced that that John Eastman, a Constitutional law scholar, will be replacing Maggie Gallagher as its Chairman of the Board.

John Eastman (left) and Maggie Gallagher

Eastman is the former Dean of Chapman University Law School in California and is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm associated with the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank based in Claremont, Calif.

“Marriage has quite correctly been described as a bedrock of civilization. Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue, and I’m honored to join such distinguished company on the Board of such a phenomenally effective organization as the National Organization for Marriage,” Eastman said, in a statement.

NOM President Brian Brown called Eastman “a fierce advocate for families and religious liberty.”

While it’s still unclear who initiated the unexpected leadership change, Gallagher said she will “remain on the NOM board, and continue to work on specific projects for NOM.”

The anti-gay organization is still smarting from its loss in New York when the state legislature on June 21 passed a Marriage Equality Act, granting same-sex couples the right to marry.

Since then, NOM has been pumping millions of dollars into a campaign of retaliation against New York state senators who supported the bill, and has set up shop in Minnesota and North Carolina, the next battlegrounds where anti-gay marriage amendments will be on the ballot in near future.

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