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NOM Chair to Testify Before House Panel Over Alleged IRS Leak

Last month Towleroad reported that NOM's Brian Brown was demanding an investigation over a 990-B tax form it claims was leaked by the IRS to the Human Rights Campaign, following uproar over reports that the IRS targeted conservative groups.

EastmanThe Hill reports that six groups have been "scheduled to give first-person accounts of the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations" before the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow:

John Eastman, the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) – a prominent group opposing same-sex marriage – is among those scheduled to appear, after NOM announced plans last month to sue the IRS.

...Four of the other groups that have representatives scheduled to testify – the Laurens County Tea Party, the Wetumpka Tea Party, the San Fernando Valley Patriots and the Linchpins of Liberty – are all among the roughly 25 groups taking part in a lawsuit against the IRS filed by the American Center for Law and Justice.


NOM Chair John Eastman Denies Smearing Chief Justice John Roberts and His 'Second-Best' Adopted Kids

NOM Chairman John Eastman says he didn't mean to tell the Associated Press that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' adopted kids were "second-best".

EastmanSaid Eastman in the AP story:

Gay marriage opponents said they are not worried about the votes of Roberts and Thomas.

"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.

Writes Eastman in a statement today:

"An article by the Associated Press, excised in part by The Huffington Post, grossly misrepresents my views on adoption. I believe that couples who adopt children are heroes and do a great service to society, and to the children they adopt. I strongly believe, based on thousands of years of experience and countless social science studies, that children do best when raised by a mother and a father within the bounds of marriage. I commend all those couples who selflessly give of themselves to raise a child who, through no fault of her own, has been deprived of a mother and father. There is nothing 'second best' about adoption."


NOM Chair Calls Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' Decision to Adopt Children a 'Second-Best' Option

A new AP story takes a look at the families of the Supreme Court justices and looks at how their personal lives might affect cases they take on.

SecondbestThe article notes that Justices John Roberts and Clarence Thomas both have adopted children and contains a particularly offensive quote from NOM Chair John Eastman:

"The diversity of the family lives of the justices mirrors the diversity of American families overall," said Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who studies families and public policy.

Cherlin, who does not follow the high court especially closely, wondered whether the gay marriage cases might take on a similar dynamic. "If justices consider their own family lives in these cases, it may change the way they rule," he said.

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Gay marriage opponents said they are not worried about the votes of Roberts and Thomas.

"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.


NOM Chair John Eastman Blasts Episcopal Church for Allowing Gay Marriages: VIDEO

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Reacting to the National Cathedral's decision to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies, NOM Chair John Eastman calls the Episcopal Church "cavalier" and compares it to living Constitutionalists who choose to interpret the Constitution in a dynamic manner.

The step that [the National Cathedral] has taken ... is directly in violation of international Anglican law and the Book of Common Prayer. So they can do this if they want but redefining marriage to be something it was never understood to be is going to have dramatic consequences both in this country and in their church...They should realize that their own doctrine says this is not proper. "

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, NPR has a major interview with retired gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.

Continue reading "NOM Chair John Eastman Blasts Episcopal Church for Allowing Gay Marriages: VIDEO" »


Maggie Gallagher Replaced as Board Chair of NOM

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Associated Press reporter David Crary tweets that NOM's Maggie Gallagher has been replaced as the organization's chair by Chapman University Law professor John Eastman.

Eastman UPDATE: NOM announces.

Brian Brown, President of NOM, stated, "John Eastman is one of America's foremost constitutional scholars and has distinguished himself as a fierce advocate for families and religious liberty. As a legal scholar, he has participated in dozens of cases before our nation's highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court. When important constitutional principles are on the line, people frequently turn to John Eastman to advocate a conservative, pro-family position. He will be a great asset to NOM."

John Eastman stated, "Marriage has quite correctly been described as a bedrock of civilization. Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue, and I'm honored to join such distinguished company on the Board of such a phenomenally effective organization as the National Organization for Marriage."

Equality Matters has a load of info about Eastman's "long, disturbing history of anti-gay animus"...

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