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NOM's President Brian Brown Says First-Ever Gay Marriage Ballot Landslide Not a Sign of America's Changing Views


National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown (seen here weeping after New York's marriage equality passage last July) reacts to yesterday's LGBT equality landslide at the ballot:

Brown"Obviously we are very disappointed in losing four tough election battles by narrow margins. We knew long ago that we faced a difficult political landscape with the four marriage battles occurring in four of the deepest-blue states in America. As our opponents built a huge financial advantage, the odds became even steeper. We ran strong campaigns and nearly prevailed in a very difficult environment, significantly out-performing the GOP ticket in every state.

Despite the fact that NOM was able to contribute a record amount to the campaigns (over $5.5 million), we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one. We were fighting the entirety of the political establishment in most of the states, including sitting governors in three of the states who campaigned heavily for gay marriage. Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case. Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these very liberal states.

Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it. Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback. There is much work to do, and we begin that process now."

Last night, Brown clung to the only "silver lining" the group had left, trumpeting the potential defeat of Stephen Saland, a Republican who had voted for NY's marriage equality bill and the taking of another pro-equality Republican's seat — by two Democrats!

Maggie_gallagherMeanwhile, Maggie Gallagher moans over at the National Review:

Either we figure out how to win a much larger share of the Latino vote or the conservative movement could be over. The “truce” — Rove’s Crossroads strategy — is a clear failure. I think social issues are part, but only part, of a serious effort to appeal to Latino voters. We also need to show them we care about them by doing something about the DREAM Act, and religious conservatives should take the lead on this.

The Obama electorate defeated marriage. I’m guessing we lose at least three of tonight’s four races, and maybe four of the four. We were outspent eight-to-one — and no one was willing to speak for marriage, while the whole Democratic establishment and Hollywood campaigned for marriage. Last night really is a big loss, no way to spin it.

Like dinosaurs after the impact of the meteor, Gallagher and Brown will simply wander, bewildered, looking for desiccated oases of bigotry to drink from until they eventually die off because they just couldn't adapt.

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  1. Has Maggie lost weight? New haircut? She's looking better!

    Posted by: Gaggie Mallagher | Nov 7, 2012 1:56:34 PM

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. That picture of the Maggie Moo is priceless.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2012 1:56:53 PM

  3. Aside from their warped and deluded views, do these two seem to grow physically uglier by the day?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 7, 2012 1:58:53 PM

  4. Oh yes. That bastion of liberalism, MINNESOTA.


    And let me get this straight, he's complaining about equality being overfunded? That too many people donated money to a cause they believed in? Or perhaps his complaint is that the people supporting equality had more money to give to protect their interests?

    Shoes on the other foot now, isn't conservatives? Oh well. You created the game. We've finally just started playing it your way.

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER I | Nov 7, 2012 2:00:35 PM

  5. Love this:
    Like dinosaurs after the impact of the meteor, Gallagher and Brown will simply wander, bewildered, looking for desiccated oases of bigotry to drink from until they eventually die off because they just couldn't adapt.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 7, 2012 2:01:31 PM

  6. To the donors of these hate mongers all I got to say is: money and hate flushed down the drain.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 7, 2012 2:04:08 PM

  7. So when we win, it's not the WILL OF THE VOTERS?

    these people make me sick.

    Posted by: marc | Nov 7, 2012 2:05:58 PM

  8. Four losses for NOM? Make it 5 -- they also lost their attempt to take out an Iowa Supreme Court Justice.

    We ran the table!

    Posted by: TC | Nov 7, 2012 2:06:08 PM

  9. I'm surprised they'd moan about being outspent four (or eight) to one.

    First, that means that US citizens do support marriage equality, and are willing to back it with cash.

    Second, it just sounds pathetic. Soon they'll claim twenty-to-one disadvantage, anything to hide the fact that people just aren't believing their lies and hate any more.

    As Chad Griffin said in his video, now is the time to double down, and put NOM on the defensive. Marriage can be won in Minnesota, clearly. And it can probably be won in another four states in 2014.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 7, 2012 2:09:45 PM

  10. Sorry, Maggie, but it's even too late to kiss the Latino vote good-bye. It's gone. You and your band of bigots have blown it. Wedge issues won't work anymore. Hate won't work anymore. Bigotry won't work anymore. Marriage equality is now a fact of life. Once DOMA is repealed, I can guarantee you, Maggie and Brian, that you and your band of bigots (whether you are evangelical or Catholic) will be swept into the flushing toilet of history. Good riddance.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 7, 2012 2:09:53 PM

  11. As for winning the latino vote. The vast majority of hispanics aren't bigots. They will never stand for inequality. Keep dreaming. Continuen soñando.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 7, 2012 2:11:52 PM

  12. One of the things that makes me most happy ( after the equality of marriage results) is the fact that the Koch Brothers spent so much of their own money with no tangible result.

    Help me, I'm on the floor laughing !!!!!

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 7, 2012 2:12:53 PM

  13. I find it interesting that they complain about being outspent, but yet as far as I know the Romney campaign and the GOP outspent Democrats across the board, but yet all that spending still didn't change the way people voted. It wasn't (and isn't) about the money... I hope with all hope that the many are seeing that the world, and especially the US needs to move towards a more inclusionary way of being - for all.

    Posted by: Andrew | Nov 7, 2012 2:15:03 PM

  14. I love that his silver lining is the defeat of Stephen a pro-gay Democrat.

    Posted by: victorinhudson | Nov 7, 2012 2:16:00 PM

  15. Does anyone else wonder if Bryan Brown is a DEEPLY repressed gay man?

    It's the only thing I can think of that would explain his obsession with gay marriage and gay families. Maybe he is crying in that picture because he thought, maybe for just a second last night, that he had chosen the wrong path in life.

    Of course, maybe not, but the man has definitely got some serious issues he needs to work out.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 7, 2012 2:19:15 PM

  16. @Marc, of course not, they represent the will of voters. lol. Well put, Marc.
    For straight people they surely spend lots of their lives thinking lgbt people.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 7, 2012 2:19:59 PM

  17. Actually, I'm astonished at this picture or Brian. He actually looks good! Most pictures he takes make him look awful. Although this is not one of Maggie's best photos. But I do believe that recently she's been losing weight.

    Let's not be sadistic here. NOM lost - and badly. I give Maggie some credit for admitting this, but Brian seems to still be clinging to delusions.

    The reason I advise the LGBT community to be careful and go slowly all the time is because as a social conservative I know what NOM's next move will be. They will increasingly concede that the gay marriage fight is lost but try to win people over to the idea that their side needs "tolerance." Their theme will be "Mrs.D'agostino didn't vote against gay marriage, but because she told a co-worker she thinks it is against God's will she is now a) losing her job, b)getting harassing mail from liberal neightbors, etc...... The public may tire of the gay rights cause and find the "all we want now is a peacful coexistence" agument persuasive. So I still advise caution.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 7, 2012 2:23:49 PM

  18. Maybe my math is off but I thought you had to have 50% or higher to claim you have the "majority".

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 7, 2012 2:24:07 PM

  19. btw, I know we used to joke about Maggie looking like Jabba the Hut but she is looking way more like him these days.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 7, 2012 2:25:22 PM

  20. "Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

    Um, no Brian, actually they don't and just saying it doesn't make it so. And I'm sorry that you couldn't find anyone besides the Catholic Church to help fund your bigotry but the financial advantage didn't force people to vote for equality, they did it because it was the right thing to do.

    Posted by: e.c. | Nov 7, 2012 2:25:35 PM

  21. So they are out in the open now about pitting minorities against each other... I guess the truth is refreshing coming from them, but it's still reprehensible. Man, they are grasping at straws now... We get it.... You hate us, you really hate us... But why are you wasting so much time, energy and money? All that hate does so much damage to themselves... I almost feel sorry for them.... Almost.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Nov 7, 2012 2:26:10 PM

  22. "Last night, Brown clung to the only 'silver lining' the group had left, trumpeting the potential defeat of Stephen Saland, a Republican who had voted for NY's marriage equality bill and the taking of another pro-equality Republican's seat — by two Democrats!"

    Their 'silver lining' has left the NY State Senate at 31-31 with one seat too close to call. This could mean that NOM's victory would hand the Republican majority to the Democrats!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 7, 2012 2:29:11 PM

  23. Brian and Mags, absolute idiots on a bullet train to their own private hell

    Posted by: RxR | Nov 7, 2012 2:30:35 PM

  24. Every LGBT owes it to themselves to now have disscussions with your family, friends, coworkers about all our LGBT issues.....and inform them that when they don't vote for our side, they are giving money right into the pockets of NOM- a truly hate laced organization and group.

    Posted by: PhotoZ | Nov 7, 2012 2:31:51 PM

  25. Have you all noticed that NOM members are creating accounts in various blogs and articles (like Huffington Post) and in the comments section of articles regarding gay marriage, they are now attacking STRAIGHT allies of ours? I guess that's the new NOM meme. Go after the straight ally of LGBT. Even more reason for us to be in the comments section, stating our case and thanking our allies for standing by our side.

    Posted by: Michelle | Nov 7, 2012 2:33:29 PM

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