NOM plans dramatic revelation of their irrelevancy

Timothy Kincaid

January 28th, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage has a nice long history of illustrating just how few people pay attention to them. There was their multi-state tour of mostly empty city plazas, their bus trip through California for Carly Fiorini in which literally no people showed up at some stops, and their efforts at collecting signatures from people who were willing to pledge to consider buying other brands than General Mills.

But NOM is nothing if not persistent. So now they are planning the grand, dramatic, colossal, ultimate illustration of just how inept, inadequate, and irrelevant they really are. NOM is going to march on Washington.

In the grand tradition of the civil rights marches and the Million Man March and the annual March for Life, NOM is going to have a Marriage March. They even have a charming MooM logo.

Not long ago, I sent you an email hinting that NOM was getting ready to launch some major initiatives. Well, after participating in the March for Life last Friday, I am excited to announce that NOM is putting together a March for Marriage!

It will take place in Washington DC on March 26th — the day the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case. You can go to and sign up for information and alerts today!

I’ll be sending you more information in the days and weeks to come… but this is a pivotal moment in the marriage movement — an opportunity to show grassroots support from throughout the nation for marriage just as Proposition 8, the potential Roe v. Wade of marriage, is being considered!

Brian Brown is fresh back from France where hundreds of thousands of Catholics (a million he claims) converged on Paris to demand that marriage be limited to maman and papa. And no doubt he is dreaming that a million American Catholics (and a few Mormons, an Orthodox Jew, and some guy who can pass as Muslim – ya know, multi-faith) will gloriously march on our capital and tell our nation’s politicians and judges that the traditional definition of marriage must be protected from the assault by activist homosexuals.

I’m predicting 100. And I’m in a generous mood.

But I pledge: even though the mainstream media, the religious media, and the random people wandering by with a smart phone will all ignore Brian’s pathetic little effort, we here at Box Turtle Bulletin will give it all the attention it deserves. And if you happen to be in DC on March 26th, please feel free to snap a pic or two and send them our way.

Bose in St. Peter MN

January 28th, 2013

In the midst of NOM’s repeated losses — not just with voters — but losses of credibility when insisting that they would win, this makes no sense to me:

“Proposition 8, the potential Roe v. Wade of marriage”

OK, for once they’re admitting the possibility of losing, and trying to use it to motivate their flock (as if Californians who care most about Prop 8 will show up in DC en masse).

But, Prop 8 is the least likely to be decided a la Roe v. Wade, or Loving v. VA for that matter, as a nation-wide constitutional mandate for marriage equality.

Anyone who’s ever been swindled by a huckster claiming to know stuff that wasn’t true, or predicting something that is utterly unlikely, is going to walk away sooner or later. NOM seems determined not to care, happy to keep hawking its goods off the back of its 21st century medicine oil wagon.

Lindoro Almaviva

January 29th, 2013

Jeremy Hooped from Good As You points out in this interesting post that the logo looks too much like a gay matching site, with the 2 Ms linked together. The irony must escape them. 


January 29th, 2013

Lindoro — they don’t recognize irony: it’s not in the Catechism.

They’ll wind up bussing people in from rural Virginia and Pennsylvania, and they’ll use photos from old Obama rallies in their press releases. Business as usual.


January 29th, 2013

Moom? Men marrying men? Mother marrying mother? Yet another NOM logo fail


January 29th, 2013

I think its possible for them to bring out a decent crowd. DC is a big metro area, and you can easily imagine them getting at least some buy in from local churches and religious schools. Plenty of kids would take an opportunity to have the day off of school for a field trip on a nice spring day. Seems as if alot of NOM people have deep connections with the same folks who organize the March for Life. That would be a pretty size-able network to tap.

Bill T.

January 29th, 2013

The NOMnuts are marching on Passover in the hope that the Jewish community will be otherwise engaged.

Bill T.

January 29th, 2013

“Moom” is the sound Maggie Gallagher makes just before breakfast.


January 29th, 2013

Bose: But didn’t SCOTUS actually expand the case’s potential? Walker had a broad ruling, and the 9th circuit narrowed it to be about solely the circumstances of the case. I think I got the impression that SCOTUS taking the appeal at shows they may be looking at it from a broader perspective then the 9th. So who knows….


January 29th, 2013

It will be more than 100. It doesn’t take too much for them to bus in some people from Bishop Jackson’s church and a few other conservative churches in MD and VA. I think 1,000-1,500 is more likely. That would be comparable to what they put together in NYC after SSM passed in NY state.

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