NOM Says Theft of Obama Rally Crowd Photo is Justified Because ‘Traditional Marriage’ Has Been ‘Mugged’


Last week I made note of Jeremy Hooper's discovery that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was pumping up perception of its popularity by lifting photos from Obama rallies and using them as its own.

Rachel Maddow then covered it on her show.

BrownToday NOM's Brian Brown responds, defending its use of the photo.

It's no accident that Maddow and her allies in the gay activist community chose Tuesday to issue their breathless "expose" about NOM's photo "controversy"—on Tuesday the New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly to repeal same-sex marriage! Neither Maddow nor her friends at the Human Rights Campaign can defend imposing same-sex marriage on New Hampshire with no vote of the people. So they issue "reports" and press releases criticizing NOM over a photo collage! They object to us using a photo of a crowd scene, which symbolizes the tens of thousands of New Hampshire voters who are part of our effort. They're upset that the photo was not taken at a NOM rally. Seriously?! NOM using a common use photo in the public domain is considered a great scandal, yet they can redefine marriage—the most important social institution of society against the wishes of New Hampshire voters—and nobody is supposed to object? It's as if the institution of marriage gets mugged, and they complain about speeding in the neighborhood when someone rushes it to the hospital!

Brown then goes on to ask for contributions to the fight to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire. A liar with no shame.


  1. Fodolodo says

    To be consistent, I think Brian Brown should insist that same-sex marriage repeal in New Hampshire be submitted to the people rather than decided by the legislature.

  2. sparks says

    Brian, if I legitimately have a car for sale, I don’t need to publish a “common use” photo that “symbolizes” my car. I would take a real snapshot of, well, my actual car.

    If you can find tens of thousands of marriage equality opponents in NH, by all means gather them together and get a snapshot of an actual NOM rally.

  3. Brian says

    Agree completely with Fodolodo. I can’t stand NOM’s new tack that legislatures are imposing their will on the people. It used to be courts imposing their will, which is debatable although of course that’s the whole point of the courts when it comes to civil rights. But then legislatures started getting to the act. So now, despite the fact that they are democratically elected and their whole point in life is making laws, NOM attacks them for doing just this. Legislatures impose their will thousands of times per session, but now NOM insists on holding referendums, which redefines our democracy a hell of a lot more than same sex marriage redefines marriage. But of course, since the people of NH strongly oppose repeal of same sex marriage, just this once it appears to be ok for the legislature to force their will on the people.

  4. Paul says

    Pssst. Hey, Brian. Jesus hates liars. And Jesus really hates liars who can’t even come up with good excuses for lying. Oh, and He hates gluttonous fatties too.

  5. Caliban says

    Could he possibly BE more of a lying, scummy toad?

    But this is a common Right Wing tactic. Your Teabagger event not as well attended as you’d hoped? No problem! Just use footage from the last Presidential campaign instead!

  6. MichaelD1026 says

    Kim and Kris – married for 72 days! Michael and Michael – together for seven-and-a-half years. …And I’m the threat to the “sanctity of marriage?” The Universe definitely has a sense of humor!

  7. MKe says

    He paints a picture of himself barreling down the road not caring who he runs over or runs into to save marriage from gay people who are apparently mugging it. Sounds about right.

  8. Mary says

    I can see some validity in each argument here. Yes, the photo is somewhat misleading, as it would seem to indicate that NOM rallies contain thousands or many thousands of people (which isn’t the case.) Yet a certain fraction of the American population (not sure whether its a majority anymore, though) supports NOM’s position on SSM. So in a sense it really doesn’t matter much whether their rallies are well-attended. However, whether they used the photo legally or illegally DOES matter. Reading NOM’s website and this website I still can’t figure out if the photo was copyrighted or not.

  9. James says

    Why do these people continue to think that the equality of the minority should be voted on by the majority? I just don’t get it. I’ll never understand it. Why am I not able to vote on their equality?

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