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.



    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.

  2. Chris says

    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.

  3. Randy says

    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.

  4. jamal49 says

    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.

  5. Rafael says

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

  6. says

    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 !!!!!

  7. Andrew says

    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.

  8. Lucas H says

    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.

  9. Matt26 says

    @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.

  10. Mary says

    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.

  11. e.c. says

    “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.

  12. Graphicjack says

    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.

  13. Diogenes Arktos says

    “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!

  14. says

    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.

  15. Michelle says

    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.

  16. Swiminbuff says

    Well at least they should be pleased that Bachman held onto her seat after all the money she spent so that proves really crazy people can still get elected in America.

  17. Kevin says

    As a black gay man, I believe NOM is the most racist orginization in the United States. I do believe they are a modern KKK. How they calculated spending money to manipulate black people and ATTEMPT to pin them against gay people, and target both minorities as a result, and hold both minority groups back as a result is a conversation we as the African American LGBT community need to be having within our own community starting from today. That attempt clearly lost, but the motives were race baiting, racist and completely corrupt and for that, this group needs to be exposed. I’m highly offended by their tactics of trying to use black people to gain profit. It is truly disgusting, and more needs to be said of it.

  18. woodroad34 says

    “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.”

    Well, that’s a confusing statement (not wholly surprising, actually). No one spoke for marriage except Democrats and Hollywood, huh? Well, Maggie, either you’re for marriage or you’re not. What’s it to be? Too many carbohydrates to think clearly?

  19. Stefan says

    A few points that Brown seems to be missing here:

    (1) The status quo always gets an election bounce and historically never needs as much funding. Consider it the incumbent advantage. This is true for economic and social issues, across the board. The spending gap should not have mattered.

    (2) The group of voters directly impacted by this legislation–lesbians and gay men who want to marry–is a very small part of the electorate, meaning that we won victory by getting people to vote for something that would have very little direct effect on them. This kind of moral victory is rare in politics.

    (3) We didn’t have the advantage of sermons delivered to captive audiences urging a vote for us. Anti-equality folks had an entire faith-based infrastructure and still couldn’t win.

    (4) These are not “deepest blue” states. They’re a pretty good representation of every state outside the deep south and plains. Besides the four referendum states, we had an Iowa court victory and an openly gay Senator elected in Wisconsin. In the next decade, the Northeast, West, and a good chunk of the Midwest will be pro-equality.

  20. AJ says

    Their disgusting hate-filled campaign here in MN turned off a lot of voters. They were desperate, disgusting and their ads looked cheap. MN United was postive, upbeat and relentless. Their ads were PHENOMENAL and they tirelessly worked to get this done. The thing that blew me away the most was how many straight people worked so hard with their blood, sweat and tears to get this done. They kept calling me over and over again and I was already registered with them! LOL I talked to an elderly woman yesterday with MN United who said her son is a gay man in MN and she takes it VERY personally.

    NOM tried to rely on their tried and true ridiculous, antiquated scare tactics. Oh. And trying to turn African AMericans against us was big fail too.

  21. Lady Godiva says

    I have to agree with other comments above. Not enough is made of NOM’s racist procedures. To pretend you have a voting block based on race, and make one minority group go after another for your own gains is deplorable. THAT is what our camp needs to be challenging them on, and if done effectively, we can actually gain much more support within ethnic minority groups by exposing NOM’s racist ways. And they truly are racist. No question about it.

  22. Keppler says

    Oh, Brian is such a complete idiot that it makes for entertaining reading. Yes, Saland may have been defeated, but not only is his replacement a pro-gay democrat, but replacing him may in fact hand over control of the senate to the dems. Be careful what you wish for, Brian, honey!

    Mark Grisanti, the other “turncoat” republican NOM was trying to oust, won reelection.

  23. Rob Zeleniak says

    While I’m celebrating these tremendous victories, I’m concerned about the angry backlash we’ll face from these two. Like wounded animals, I’m anticipating their counterattack strategies will be vicious. We have to stay on guard for whatever is coming next from this horrible organization.

  24. says

    Brown and Gallagher’s children (not together, thank God) are no doubt empowered and thrilled to see that despite their own parent’s anti-gay bigotry, there are people out there who are working hard to make THEIR lives better.

    Don’t worry, kids. Your parents may be bigots, but there’s a country full of people out there who are ready to love and accept you.

  25. EchtKultig says

    “Does anyone else wonder if Bryan Brown is a DEEPLY repressed gay man?”
    Let me break it down:
    I think about 75% of anti-gay activists and/or people who feel strongly about the issue are closet cases. As a teen I worked for a company that did some audio installation for a baptist church where literally everyone who worked there seemed like a closeted gay or lesbian. I’ve met scores of fundies and evangelicals, mostly white but some black…who screamed closet case. And who strongly professed a belief that homosexuality was wrong. Quite honestly, one of the gayest acting men I’ve ever met had a daughter, wife, and attended an infamous DC area (white) megachurch. I really think there’s a whole iceberg there that sociologists have been afraid to measure because it would be politically incorrect to do so. I can easily believe certain megachurches having 25-30% of their members be closet cases.

    About 15% are victims of some kind of abuse who believe acceptance of gays & lesbians is somehow related to that abuse. Of course, most of men who abuse boys identify as straight, and quite a few of them have relatively “normal” heterosexual patterns of activity.

    About 10% are pure sociopaths who see hatred of gays as a way to gain some kind of personal power. Fred Phelps probably falls into this category.

  26. anyone for bundt cake? says

    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. (Pure poetry!)

    Now will someone please throw that woman a truffle before her tongue falls out?

  27. anyone for bundt cake? says

    As this particular bandwagon breaks down both Brown and Gallagher will look for a new one to jump on. If they jump together it better have more than two axles.

    I think maybe they will go after illegal immigrants. They go for the weakest, most defenseless members of the herd. Gays are proving too fleet of foot lately.

  28. EchtKultig says

    I remember the only time something like this has ever happened in my life: I was at a gay event in DC, and a straight latino couple randomly walked up to me, out of the blue, to say they supported gay rights. (they were obviously middle income and not hawking anything) Never had a white straight couple do that, never had a black straight couple do that. Seems like Maggie may be in for a shock if she thinks she’s going to attach marionette strings to the latino populace.

  29. KingOfTdot says

    With the four wins picked up, and accepted, by the gay folks in these four states, Californian’s decision on Prop 8 needs to be honoured.
    Through ballot measures, you can’t just accept your wins and reject all your losses.

  30. brett says

    I’ve said it once I’ll say it again. Mr. Brown its OK to come out of the closet. We will support you despite all the hateful things you have done and said. We have class and that is what it looks like. Please feel free to pass this along to Maggie.

  31. Francis says

    Hilarious closing statement, Andy!

    As for these two creeps…….Brian using the deeply liberal line regarding these four states is really rich, given how he uses that same phrase regarding Prop 8 passing. And how “deeply liberal” California passing Prop 8 shows most people are against marriage equality. At least show some semblance of consistency in your arguments, Brian.

    Maggie is much worse than Brian is to me. They’re both evil, but Brian Brown is sort of a dud in the brains/personality department. Maggie is a conniving, manipulative monster. At least she’s dumb enough to openly say what we all already knew, which is that NOM is targeting racial minorities and attempting to pit them against us. NOM very much is as racist as they are homophobic, and we need to continue to be vigil in stopping their organization from spreading and promoting their misinformation and lies against our community.

  32. Bernie says

    yes, this ahole I can laugh at it as he a delusional, foolish and silly man not in the real world… I predict one day that NOM will be completely out of business

  33. Icebloo says

    What will this fat closet case do with all of his time once we beat him ? That time is drawing very close. We are coming for you fat boy Brian Brown so you best get running !

  34. Icebloo says

    I think Maggie hates us because she’s so ugly she needs every available man to be straight to increase her chances of meeting at least one who doesn’t find her mentally and physically repulsive !

  35. Sam A says

    I will enjoy when I no longer feel like I have to worry about these jackasses gaining political power. I’ll be able to treat them with the amused, contemptuous derision they deserve. Like flat earthers. and the KKK. And other jokes of history like Strom Thurmond; the rapy-est segregationist whose funeral I’ve ever celebrated.

  36. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Mary: That’s nothing new: they’ve been doing that for some time already. And it’s loosing its effect, particularly since they have a tendency to lie about their “examples” of abridgements of freedom of speach and religion.

    @kingoftdot: No. The challenge to Prop 8 must continue to try to get a clear ruling regarding majorities voting on rights of minorities. I think Ari noted that these wins will help SCOTUS in their decisions.

  37. Dave says

    “preserving marriage as “God” designed it”-stop it you morons!!!
    Marriage is a man made institution! And a pretty failed and abused one I may add. Do you give “God” credit for “designing” Hurricane Sandy?

  38. RK says

    It’s ironic seeing a disciple of Satan (Brian Brown) sitting in a church pew. I do not think God is listening to him. Hopefully, He will spit him out of his House.

  39. Tom R says

    For those would-be religionists who think to inject their pernicious theology into the world of politics, I can only say that God obviously knows what He/She is doing, and is not about to be pushed around by any group of political, bigoted cockroaches. Get a clue, Maggie and Brian, you’re done. It’s time to find another branch to hang on.

  40. Lee says

    “…no one was willing to speak for marriage, while the whole Democratic establishment and Hollywood campaigned for marriage.”

    Huh, what does Maggie mean by that? As far as I’m concerned, she and her fellows are speaking AGAINST marriage.

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