Confirmed: Maggie Gallagher Steps Down As NOM Board Chair

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2011

Following an earlier Tweet from an AP reporter, the National Organization for Marriage has now confirmed that Maggie Gallagher is stepping down as board chair, and that John Eastman has been tapped for the position. According to NOM’s press release:

Dr. John 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. He has participated in over 50 cases in our nation’s highest courts, including such landmark cases as the Pledge of Allegiance case, the Boy Scouts of America case, the Ohio school vouchers case, the Kelo case involving property takings, and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act case. Dr. Eastman is a former clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in government and political philosophy from Claremont Graduate School.

…John Eastman stated, “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.”

The press release also quotes Gallagher:

“I will remain on the NOM board, and continue to work on specific projects for NOM, as well as taking on some additional outside projects I’ve long deferred, such as finishing my book Debating Same-Sex Marriage¸ which I’ve been working on for Oxford University Press with Prof. John Corvino,” Gallagher added.

Timothy Kincaid

September 22nd, 2011

She’d better get crackin on that book. If she waits too many more years the debate will be over.

Timothy Kincaid

September 22nd, 2011

Or, as Eastman said in his amicus brief for the Prop 8 Proponents:

Over the past decade, the People of California have engaged in an epic battle over the very definition of marriage, a bedrock institution that has long been recognized as “one of the cornerstones of our civilized society.”

Nothing quite like histrionics and mixed metaphors.

Ray Harwick

September 22nd, 2011

Well, she got her hands slapped for munching so loudly in the gallery at the Prop 8 trial and then she did it again at the premier of “8” on Broadway. NOM probably couldn’t stand her doing the same thing at their staff meetings so the canned her.

Why does this press release sound so much like Glen Beck saying he was “evolving” when he got canned from Fox?

Usually the problem in an outfit like this is that the deep pockets are drying up and they want to get new pockets lined up. The *first* job of a board member is to raise money for the organization.

That’s why she going bye-bye. Can can’t attract the big players.


September 22nd, 2011


Not to mention hyperbole.


September 23rd, 2011

Who’s this new idiot in charge? He must be some kind of christian that’s going to try to manipulate the law to justify his religious beliefs.


September 23rd, 2011

There is more to this story, I’m sure. “She is pursuing new things” is a polite way NOM is saying they are not happy with Ms. Gallagher. Standard procedure for PR sake.

Does that move Orson Scott Card up the corporate ladder a bit?

What I would love to be at their next board meeting. I would sit there and unwrap Jolly Rancher hard candies. Unwrap real s l o w l y.

Rachel H

September 23rd, 2011

She’s working with Oxford University Press? Are they trying to lose credibility?


September 24th, 2011

“Dr. Eastman is a former clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.” That’s it in a nutshell…it says it all. A clerk to Clarence Thomas?

His involvement in the cited cases says way too much about his personal commitment to Human Rights. It would seem that he is a perfect choice for an organization that appeals to the baser human instincts of its followers and makes loads of money telling lies about GLBT folks.

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