NOM has 112 supporters

Timothy Kincaid

October 1st, 2012

The National Organization for Marriage has launched a new website for the purpose of, well I have no idea what the purpose of this endeavor might be. They say that it has something to do with intimidation and threat and is the result of Dan Cathy being criticized for his vile comments:

Therefore, we seek the courageous affirmation of your beliefs regarding both marriage and liberty. With our signatures below and personal contributions to the National Organization for Marriage, we commit ourselves to stopping the downward spiral of intimidation and fear threatening hard-won American liberties and the institution of marriage. We hope our widening base of public and financial support will embolden many fellow Americans to join us in the campaign to preserve both our form of government and the institution of marriage.

For some reason they’ve decided on the rather awkward “Keep the Republic and Marriage” as the name of their latest endeavor. I wonder if they intentionally went with something that sounds like “keep the Republican marriage”? In any case, I think it’s an odd choice for an odd venture.

It’s a bit difficult to figure out just what they are trying to do here. I guess that having lost all attempts at keeping their donors hidden, they thought they’d try and confuse the fact that they are an organization almost entirely funded by a tiny handful of very wealthy donors. So they are encouraging people to “widen their base of financial support” in order to change the subject.

“Even though donors to NOM are not subject to public disclosure [a flatly false statement], a number of our donors wanted to show that they would not be bullied and were not afraid to publicly proclaim their support for NOM as a way of encouraging others to publicly stand up to support marriage,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “These key donors were inspired by the courage of Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, who resolutely told Americans that he unabashedly believed in God’s design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

I doubt the wisdom in the decision to make this site a listing of their supporters (other than the ones whom they have been fighting tooth and toenail to hide). Their “dump” programs didn’t go so well, with neither boycott reaching 50,000. I can’t imagine that this one, requiring a donation, will do much better. And ultimately they will only succeed in putting an upper-end number on their total support base.

Right now, they’ve done nothing more with the site than give me the opportunity to note that NOM has 112 supporters.


October 1st, 2012

Look at who 5 of the supporters are:

106. John Eastman
108. Christophher Plante
109. Margaret Gallagher
111. Frank Schubert
112. Brian Brown



October 1st, 2012

1. What are they trying to do? They’re getting whipped by Corvino/Granderson type Enlightenment arguments so they’re trying to wrap themselves in the flag and make their own. What’s more patriotic than the principals that underlie our country but the symbols of the country itself and populist misunderstandings of fundamental rights? I summed it up recently after a successful conversation/argument amongst strangers on my bus: “What’s the Middle America argument for gay marriage? Opposing Gay Marriage is unAmerican.”

2. Even though donors to NOM are not subject to public disclosure [a misleading statement of the groups’ legal position. A lot like Hillary Clinton’s assertion that gay rights are human rights, albeit, a statement on domestic & not international law, less exciting, and not on our side.]

3. This bit:

America depends upon the free and open discussion of ideas. The use of fear and intimidation to silence public discussion is fundamentally incompatible with the American form of government in which ultimate authority rests with the people.

Should have cued you in to their attempt to co-opt enlightenment values by making a mistaken (but popular) argument about an enlightenment right under attack. People honestly believe that freedom of speech includes freedom from the consequences of speech.

4. This bit:

Scholars, public figures, and average citizens who publically (sic) defend the institution of marriage as the conjugal union of one man and one woman often face character assassination and occasionally threats of physical violence.

Obviously points to them attempting to justify the position they took now that the decision on disclosure is before a nonjudicial body again.

4. I’m not sure how you missed that this website obviously is a last second attempt to influence the Maine ethics commission in light of the refusal by the supreme court to hear their appeal. Just starting at the date it MUST BE obvious to anyone with eyes and… well… I could keep going, but I think you get the point.

Timothy Kincaid

October 1st, 2012

Exciting update: they are up to 116 supporters


October 2nd, 2012

This is juvenile, but someone has to say it:

“Keep the Republic and Marriage” = KRAM.

As in “kram it down our throats.”

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