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Key Figures from NOM Plot Next Anti-Gay Move in Secret Meeting

Key figures from NOM have been plotting their next move in secret in Princeton, NJ, calling themselves The Princeton Group.

Maggie_gallagherWrites Jeremy Hooper at NOM Exposed:

On Friday, June 13, I celebrated my fifth wedding anniversay with the man to whom I have been partnered for eleven years. A few days later, my husband and I celebrated our first Father's (or Fathers') Day. It was a great weekend to honor our strong bond, loving family, and overall peace.

Little did we know that just about fifty miles away from our NYC home, over in Princeton, NJ, Maggie Gallagher (NOM cofounder and past president), Robert George (NOM cofounder and chairman emeritus), Brian Brown (current NOM president), John Eastman (NOM's current board chair), and a number of other individuals who were responsible for creating NOM back then (like founding board members Luis Tellez and Chuck Stetson, for instance) and are responsible for maintaining NOM now (like Sean Fieler, a key funder, and Diego Von Stauffenberg, NOM's current development director) were holding a secret, invite-only meeting focused on "developing and deploying an action plan to protect marriage and preserve religious liberties." It certainly seems like some sort of secret, shadowy version of NOM (Super NOM?) is going on behind the scenes.

Also involved (as host of the secret meeting)? San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.


NOM Files Motion To Intervene In Challenge to Oregon Gay Marriage Ban

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Today the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) reported that it will file a motion seeking to intervene in Oregon’s federal same-sex marriage case. The case seeks to overturn the 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

OregonThe state’s attorney general hads refused to defend the law in court stating that it conflicts with the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Her decision left no one with legal standing to defend the ban in court this week when it goes before a federal judge.

However NOM says that it wants to be granted legal standing to represent the law's supporters as well as those who would be “harmed” by its repeal. From NOM’s blog:

NOM's lead legal counsel — its chairman John Eastman — will tell the federal court in the filing today that NOM's members in Oregon include a county clerk who must perform marriages and certify them, professionals in the wedding industry, and voters who cannot defend their interests in upholding the law themselves due to legitimate fear of reprisal…

Eastman also said that news reports over the weekend that Judge Michael McShane is in a long-term relationship with another man and that the two are raising a child together raise serious ethical questions about whether the judge should continue to hear the case.

"These recent news reports suggest that Judge McShane is in the same position as the two gay men challenging the marriage amendment, raising troubling questions about his impartiality," Eastman said.

The oral arguments in this case are set to begin in a Eugene federal district court on this Wednesday, April 23.


NOM Wants Virginia AG Impeached for Refusing to Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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The National Organization for Marriage issued a spitting mad press release yesterday urging the impeachment of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring after Herring announced that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he would refuse to defend it in court.

Watch Herring's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

From NOM:

Brown"The Attorney General swore an oath that he would 'support...the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia' and faithfully discharge his duties, which include defending duly enacted laws like the state's marriage amendment," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Yet now Attorney General Herring is participating in a lawsuit against the very people he is sworn to represent, the citizens of Virginia who preserved marriage in their constitution. This malfeasance and neglect of duty is not only a disgrace, it's an impeachable offense under the constitution."

Section 17 of the Virginia state constitution provides that the Attorney General may be impeached for "malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crime or misdemeanor."

Attorney General Herring announced today that not only would he abandon the defense of Virginia's marriage amendment, he would be filing a brief in federal court advocating the redefinition of marriage against the express decision of the voters of the commonwealth, who in 2006 voted overwhelmingly to amend their state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

EastmanProfessor John Eastman, Chairman of NOM's Board of Directors and a highly-regarded constitutional law expert called Herring's decision "lawless." He said, "The attorney general's decision to advocate against the state's marriage law is an egregious violation of his duty. Here you don't merely have the attorney general abandoning the defense of the law and remaining neutral - a decision which itself would be based on very dubious grounds. No, this goes further: Herring is staying involved in the case, and advocating directly for the side opposed to the interests of his clients, the people of Virginia. Any other lawyer pulling that kind of nonsense would be disbarred."

Watch Herring's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Citizens Filibuster' Continues as Thousands Testify at Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill Hearing: VIDEO

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Thousands of anti-gay religious folk continue to testify before the Hawaii House of Representatives in its special legislative session to address a marriage equality bill, including NOM Chairman John Eastman (above).

AzBlueMeanie sums up where we're at as of last night:

Public testimony continued in the Hawaii House until 11:00 p.m. Saturday night. The hearing will resume on Monday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Capitol Auditorium. Monday’s hearing will continue to be broadcast live by Capitol TV and on Olelo Channel 53.

Religious groups opposed to marriage equality are attempting a "citizens filibuster," similar to what pro-choice advocates attempted in the state of Texas earlier this year: thousands have signed up to testify in an attempt to run out the clock by talking the bill to death in the time scheduled for the Special Session.

And Hawaii News Now adds:

More than 13 hours after House Representatives first sat down for public testimony on the same-sex marriage bill -- they're still going, and with no end in sight.

Nearly 5,000 people have signed up to testify on SB 1, the "Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013".  It's unclear how many people actually addressed lawmakers because around 9 p.m. Thursday the hearing started moving along quickly as legislators called upon numbers and no people stepped up.

Hours before the hearing even began, the line to testify was already wrapping around the auditorium.  At 9 a.m, more than 15,000 pages of written testimony were submitted and House officials say it continues to pour in.

The Hawaii House appears to be looking to Connecticut as a model:

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the state's marriage and civil unions laws violated equal protection because gay couples were denied the ability to marry, becoming the third state, after Massachusetts and California, to legalize gay marriage. Connecticut approved a law in 2009 implementing the court's ruling while adding a broad exemption to deal with religious liberty.

Watch NOM Chairman John Eastman deliver his one-minute diatribe, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NOM Chair: Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality are 'Judicial Tyranny' -- VIDEO

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National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman went on CNN's State of the Union yesterday morning to rant against--ahem, discuss--last week's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.  Suffice it to say, he is not happy:

Well, it is a state-by-state battle, and I think he had one aspect of the state-by-state battle that is legitimate, which is to try and persuade people to make this change through their legislatures.  But he had a threat behind that: if the legislatures don't do that, we're going to have the courts impose this on them whether the people want it or not.  

Earlier you said that 12 states had voted to change the definition of marriage.  Well that's not true.  Half of them have--less than half of them have; the others have had it imposed on them by the courts.  This question is clearly not answered in the Constitution of the United States, and we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that definition.  That's judicial tyranny.

For a law professor (he teaches at Chapman University School of Law), Eastman doesn't seem to have all that much respect for the judicial process.  

You can watch his full remarks to Candy Crowley, in all their glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Unhinged NOM Chair John Eastman Says Donors Were Victimized During Prop. 8 Campaign: VIDEO

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Testifying before the GOP-led House Ways and Means Committee today over the IRS Tea Party 'scandal', NOM Chair John Eastman said "traditional marriage" supporters were "harassed, assaulted on the streets, vandalized on their property" during the Prop. 8 campaign to the point where they were fearful of giving money to the organization.

Eastman also received a round of applause from the room after accusing Rep. Earl Blumenauer of "scurrilous" remarks for saying that the groups before the committee were political and shouldn't be called 'social welfare' organizations.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on Eastman's testimony from McClatchy here.

UPDATE: Blumenauer responds to this nonsense in the HuffPost.

Let's get real and stop the charade about what a 'social welfare' organization is.

Last year, internal National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategy documents were leaked, stating that the organization seeks "to drive a wedge between gays and blacks" by promoting "African American spokespeople for marriage," thus provoking same-sex marriage supporters into "denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots," and "to interrupt the assimilation" of Latinos into "dominant Anglo culture" by making the stance against same-sex marriage "a key badge of Latino identity."

Does this sound like social welfare to you? Social welfare organizations should work in the public interest -- not to divide, exploit, and conquer.

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