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Human Rights Campaign joined forced with the Courage Campaign to unveil a new website, NOM Exposed, which delves into the dark stories and machinations behind the right wing National Organization for Marriage.

"NOM and its leaders project a message of tolerance yet NOM Exposed shows that behind the well-trained talking points is an anti-gay animus and moneyed connections that it is loath to reveal," explained Joe Solmonese, HRC President, in a press release. "This website is not static.  Working with the Courage Campaign, we will be watching the campaign trail and documenting NOM's political buys and bedfellows. We will connect the dots for voters."

Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs, meanwhile, had this to say: “With a majority of Americans and a growing number of conservatives now standing up for equality, NOM Exposed takes this important work a step further by bringing to light the nefarious connections, shadowy finances, and dubious ethics at the heart of NOM’s brand of political extremism.

Read the entire press release, AFTER THE JUMP.


WASHINGTON – As the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, embarks on a fall election campaign to defeat candidates who support full marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with the Courage Campaign, unveiled “NOM Exposed,” a live, interactive website which reveals NOM's deep anti-gay affiliations, its long connections to the Mormon and Catholic churches and its quest to keep voters in the dark about its financing.  The site is at www.NOMexposed.org.

At the same time, HRC announced the formation of the NOM Project to follow the ongoing political work and propaganda of NOM as it attempts to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country.  The project will be led by Kevin Nix, a longtime LGBT advocate and political and media consultant.  A former communications director at both Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Family Equality Council, Nix also worked at Media Matters in the 2004 presidential cycle.

"NOM and its leaders project a message of tolerance yet NOM Exposed shows that behind the well-trained talking points is an anti-gay animus and moneyed connections that it is loath to reveal," said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  "This website is not static.  Working with the Courage Campaign, we will be watching the campaign trail and documenting NOM's political buys and bedfellows. We will connect the dots for voters."

NOM Exposed builds off the success of Courage Campaign’s NOM Tour Tracker – a blog of first-hand accounts, photos and videos chronicling NOM’s “2010 Summer for Marriage—One Man, One Woman” bus tour of 17 states.  The Courage Campaign deployed three staffers to follow NOM’s tour and file reports from the road, generating more than one-million page views and more than 15,000 comments.  During the course of the tour, federal courts declared two of NOM’s top policy priorities – California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act – unconstitutional.

The NOM Tour Tracker showed NOM’s summer tour consistently outnumbered three-to-one by pro-equality counter rally participants organized by Freedom to Marry and state LGBT organizations.  It also showed NOM staff attempting to limit public access to their events and NOM’s sparse supporters doing everything from speaking in tongues, to comparing marriage equality to genocide and advocating the murder of LGBT families.

“The NOM Tour Tracker unmasked the so-called 'National Organization for Marriage' as a small and secretive fringe group devoted to attacking families, spreading lies, and sowing fear,” said Courage Campaign Founder and Chairman Rick Jacobs.  “With a majority of Americans and a growing number of conservatives now standing up for equality, NOM Exposed takes this important work a step further by bringing to light the nefarious connections, shadowy finances, and dubious ethics at the heart of NOM’s brand of political extremism.  We are proud to work with the Human Rights Campaign on this important initiative.”

NOM Exposed, the result of several months of research and collaboration, reveals the following:
    * At a time of the country's greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, NOM's financial growth has been explosive.  NOM has amassed huge resources – estimated to reach or exceed $10M in 2010 – from modest beginnings in 2007.
    * NOM is a highly secretive organization that tries to not only hide the identity of its political donors from the voting public in state after state, but operates in a way to discourage people from knowing who its key players and associates are.
    * NOM has deep connections to the Catholic Church hierarchy, to the Mormon Church, to evangelical right-wing pastors and churches and to those who have a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and activity.  These are individuals and organizations which not only oppose same-sex marriage, but oppose domestic partnerships, civil unions, hate crimes protections and even fertility treatments for women because some of those women could be lesbians.
    * Since 2008, NOM and its allies have engaged in a radical, nationwide plan to flout long-established campaign finance disclosure laws.  This is nothing short of a strategic, coordinated plan to hide NOM's political activities from voters.  This effort has prompted several state investigations and resounding legal defeats for NOM.

In addition to the rich archive of information, NOM Exposed features a blog where the latest on NOM’s activities will be tracked.  LGBT leaders will also contribute guest posts to the blog with their own research and experiences with NOM.  Freedom to Marry, which organized the Summer For Marriage tour in response to NOM, has the inaugural guest post up today.

"NOM Exposed gives voters a comprehensive look at an organization that operates largely in secret, yet plays a super-sized role in campaigns from California to Maine," added Solmonese. "By releasing this site and dedicating resources to NOM Project, we will confront this web of secrets and lies wherever NOM seeks to spread its political propaganda."

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  1. Bob George is a disgrace to the princeton philosophy department, and princeton itself (associated, of course). If he's their brain trust, you've nothing to fear. The same old tired [super] natural law theory.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 28, 2010 3:38:17 PM


  2. Scary, the two main guys have strong Mormons connections, While Haggie Cowlarger
    is a Papist.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Sep 28, 2010 4:27:05 PM


  3. Hard to get riled up anymore. Thanks to the hard work of so many out gays and allies, I think we are getting close to having full rights. Right now, our best "offensive position" is on the high ground. Living openly, as good neighbors, loving family members, and hard workers will effectively counter a lot of the expensive (and offensive) commercials and hate speech coming from NOM.

    Posted by: Jim | Sep 28, 2010 5:00:34 PM


  4. NOM likes to portray itself as grass-roots, but then so do all advocacy groups and essentially none of them are.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 28, 2010 6:03:47 PM


  5. @tank I stopped contributing to Princeton alumni fundraising campaigns years ago, the moment Robbie Thomas-Aquinas-Redux George was installed on his secure perch. His appointment was actually intended as a sop to placate the conservative alumni who are still bitching about all those women and minorities on campus.

    Posted by: candide | Sep 28, 2010 6:33:38 PM


  6. finally, HRC shows some balls and street cred. it is about time. usually, they are late to party but first to claim credit for any advances. Time for them to lead rather than try to be everyone's best gay friend.

    Posted by: JoeInSF | Sep 28, 2010 6:42:52 PM


  7. Well, good--much better places to spend money than on alumni fundraising. It's extremely offensive, however, that he's a faculty member. It was home to arguably the greatest philosopher of the latter half of the twentieth century until his premature death. His continued employment is a complete insult, and does nothing but degrade the quality of the department. This man has no quality scholarship to offer, and is by contrast a drooling brain trauma case.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 28, 2010 7:53:59 PM


  8. But, of course, I've made these points before. He's truly simple; it's not a compliment to be the fastest kid at fat camp (and he's not even that). Complete hack.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 28, 2010 8:06:50 PM


  9. Six people will look at it. No minds will be changed. Complete waste of time.

    HRC should invite someone with a clue about marketing to one of their fab soirees.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Sep 28, 2010 9:33:16 PM


  10. It would be nice if the HRC practiced the same transparency as they're demanding of NOM. While I detest NOM, the HRC doesn't exactly have a stellar track record for disclosing their true, accurate membership-numbers nor their financials either.

    Posted by: Ted B. | Sep 29, 2010 10:57:45 AM


  11. @tank and candide -- just checked and george is a professor in the politics dept. at princeton, not philosophy.

    Posted by: mwk | Sep 29, 2010 11:03:17 AM


  12. Maggie Gallegher is the poster girl for marriage? She didn't think it was necessary when she had her first child. Oh,wait - "do as I say, not as I do?" And the Mormon Church still gets tax breaks for political action while the economy flounders! NOM - you lost in court, now go away with your tail tucked between your collective legs. Let the adults in the room deal with the world.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Sep 29, 2010 12:28:06 PM


  13. Then check again, under associated faculty. LOL! I know what I'm talking about, and you are wrong, mwk.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 29, 2010 2:23:50 PM


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