National Organization for Marriage (NOM)

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is an American non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. It was formed in 2007 specifically to pass California’s Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriage in California. The group has opposed civil union legislation and opposes gay adoption. Its current president is Brian S. Brown.

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Religious right leaders rail against Virginia marriage equality ruling

Friday, February 14, 2014
A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriagehas unsurprisingly stoked the ire of conservatives. [ Read more → ]
Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, front right, speaks to the media during a demonstration outside federal court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Jackson spoke in favor of the law banning same-sex marriage. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has already decided to side with the plaintiffs and will not defend the ban. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Josh Duggar, failed Lt. Gov. candidate headline anti-gay rally outside Va. court

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC's “19 Kids and Counting,” and E.W. Jackson, the failed candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor, headlined an anti-gay marriage rally in Norfolk on Tuesday while a federal judge heard arguments challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APSupporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage backers, foes hold dueling rallies at Utah capitol

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue hit the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies. [ Read more → ]
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The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
NOM President Brian Brown at a "protect marriage" rally.

After year of losses, National Organization for Marriage ends 2012 with $2M deficit

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continues to struggle financially as its losses at the U.S. Supreme Court and in states across the country pile up. [ Read more → ]
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NOM refuses to release tax documents as required by law

Monday, November 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Representatives from two LGBT advocacy groups were told Friday and again Monday by staff at the National Organization for Marriage's Washington D.C. office, that its required federal tax returns for 2012 were not available. [ Read more → ]
Karen England, executive director of the California Resource Institute, left, and volunteers Grace LeFever, center, and Christina Hill, sort through stacks of mail with petitions for a referendum to overturn a new California law that allows transgender students to chose which public school restrooms they use.

Opponents of Calif. transgender law say they will qualify for ballot initiative

Sunday, November 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law. [ Read more → ]
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Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Transgender rights advocates are taking aim at the Chairman of the Jelly Belly company after learning that he donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to repeal California's landmark transgender student rights law. [ Read more → ]
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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

Monday, October 14, 2013
The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well. [ Read more → ]
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NOM’s Brian Brown may have violated U.S. law, says LGBT activist Fred Karger

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Prominent LGBT rights activist and former GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger alleged Tuesday that National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown may have broken federal law after a secret trip to Russia to lobby for a bill that banned Russian children from being adopted by countries where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
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Globalizing Homophobia: ‘Today the whole world is looking at Russia’

Friday, October 4, 2013
On June 13, 2013, just days after the Russian Duma passed laws banning on gay “propaganda” and actions that “offend religious feelings,” a delegation of five French Catholic anti-gay activists – at least one with ties to the far-right Front National party – traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Duma committee on family, women and children to discuss, among other issues, Russia’s plans to tighten its ban on adoption by same-sex couples abroad... [ Read more → ]
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NOM, Prop. 8 players join bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights law

Friday, September 20, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign. [ Read more → ]
SourceDemonstartors at an anti-gay protest in California.

The LGBT community desperately needs to confront anti-gay propaganda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The LGBT community has deceived itself into thinking that if we just sidestep the lies and distortions and solely focus on “telling our stories” as ordinary people seeking fairness under the American system, our problems with those who oppose our right to equality will dissipate. It’s high time that the LGBT community realize that this belief is a false bill of goods that serves as a pitiful Band-Aid to a problem that requires more than stories designed to yank at the heart strings; indeed, such efforts make it look as if we are begging for “tolerance.” [ Read more → ]
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Another setback for NOM: Iowa ethics board to keep executive in investigation

Thursday, August 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted Wednesday not to remove its executive director from an investigation into whether the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) violated state law by not disclosing campaign donors. [ Read more → ]
National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown at an anti-gay marriage rally.

Iowa ethics board to investigate National Organization for Marriage

Thursday, August 8, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted Thursday to investigate whether a national group that opposes gay marriage violated state law. [ Read more → ]
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NOM co-founder to head U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Robert George, the co-founder and driving force behind the National Organization For Marriage, has been appointed Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. [ Read more → ]
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National Organization for Marriage ‘outraged’ by ‘illegitimate’ court rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday said it was "outraged" at the U.S. Supreme Court's actions to dismiss Proposition 8 on procedural grounds, and for invalidating a key element of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
WLS-TVMarriage equality supporters protest inaction by the state house on the marriage bill in Chicago on June 1.

Equality Illinois plans $500K ‘Fight Back for Marriage’ campaign

Monday, June 17, 2013
CHICAGO — Equality Illinois, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, said Monday it plans to launch a $500,000 effort to promote same-sex marriage ahead of the 2014 election. [ Read more → ]
NOM President Brian Brown

NOM argues in Maine that it doesn’t have to reveal donor list

Thursday, April 11, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A lawyer for the leading national advocacy group opposing same-sex marriage told Maine's highest court Thursday that the First Amendment shields it from having to reveal its donor list to state officials. [ Read more → ]
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NOM headed back to court in Maine in ongoing effort to hide donor list

Monday, April 8, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments this week on a national anti-gay-marriage group's efforts to keep its donor list confidential. [ Read more → ]
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NOM chair: ‘Second-best’ remark ‘grossly misrepresents’ my views on adoption

Friday, March 15, 2013
National Organization for Marriage board chairman John Eastman on Friday said comments he made to the Associated Press earlier this week "grossly misrepresents" his views on adoption. [ Read more → ]
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NOM board chairman says families with adopted children are ‘second best’

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Just two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Board Chairman John Eastman referred to families with adopted children as “second best.” [ Read more → ]
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Family says NOM spokesperson disgraced Tyler Clementi’s legacy

Monday, March 4, 2013
The family of Tyler Clementi -- backed by GLAAD, the Human Rights the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Equality Matters -- on Monday called on Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to apologize for a recent speech in which she used the story of Tyler Clementi’s death as an example of why it is “not the best thing” to let LGBT people be friends with other LGBT people, or be supported by the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
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NOM threatens GOP lawmakers in Minn. who vote for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The National Organization for Marriage on Monday said it will spend $500,000 to defeat Republican lawmakers in Minnesota who vote to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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DC Comics provokes protest over hiring of anti-gay activist, writer

Monday, February 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- DC Comics has come under fire from LGBT fans and advocates for hiring anti-gay activist and novelist Orson Scott Card to write for their new digital "Adventures of Superman." [ Read more → ]
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