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

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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. 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.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Nov 7, 2012 2:37:32 PM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 7, 2012 2:38:09 PM


  3. @ Kevin

    YES!!!!!!! YES! YES! Preach. NOM needs to go down not only for their homophobia, but their blatant racist ploys.

    Posted by: Real Talk | Nov 7, 2012 2:39:43 PM


  4. "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?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 7, 2012 2:40:32 PM


  5. Btw, what's she doing in that picture, catching flies?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 7, 2012 2:41:38 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Stefan | Nov 7, 2012 2:43:04 PM


  7. Maggie and Brian look like the products of the same brother-sister marriage which they predict will follow after gay marrage.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 7, 2012 2:43:55 PM


  8. Maggie Gallagher derp faces are my favorite faces.

    Posted by: Ian | Nov 7, 2012 2:54:22 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: AJ | Nov 7, 2012 2:56:33 PM


  10. 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.

    Posted by: Lady Godiva | Nov 7, 2012 3:01:33 PM


  11. 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.

    Posted by: Keppler | Nov 7, 2012 3:06:04 PM


  12. 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.

    Posted by: Rob Zeleniak | Nov 7, 2012 3:13:51 PM


  13. 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.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 7, 2012 3:14:23 PM


  14. That's Maggie's porn-watchin' face.

    Posted by: Lick It Real Good | Nov 7, 2012 3:23:04 PM


  15. "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.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2012 3:38:16 PM


  16. 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?

    Posted by: anyone for bundt cake? | Nov 7, 2012 3:43:19 PM


  17. "Like wounded animals, I'm anticipating their counterattack strategies will be vicious."

    Hopefully Maggie doesn't eat one of us.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2012 3:43:24 PM


  18. 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.

    Posted by: anyone for bundt cake? | Nov 7, 2012 3:50:43 PM


  19. Oh Mags...I think the simple fact that you were outspent and then lost means that people did, in fact, speak up for marriage.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 7, 2012 3:53:27 PM


  20. Can't anyone get a comment/reaction from Son of Satan Cardinal Dolan?

    Posted by: Bingo | Nov 7, 2012 3:54:03 PM


  21. "Either we figure out how to win a much larger share of the Latino vote or the conservative movement could be over."

    As the Latino vote went overwhelmingly to Obama -- IT'S OVER!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 7, 2012 3:56:59 PM


  22. Smell the formaldehyde?

    Posted by: 1equalityusa | Nov 7, 2012 4:08:49 PM


  23. 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.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2012 4:34:43 PM


  24. 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.

    Posted by: KingOfTdot | Nov 7, 2012 5:07:51 PM


  25. 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.

    Posted by: brett | Nov 7, 2012 5:24:07 PM


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