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Maggie Gallagher Says Only God Can Stop Gay Marriage

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According to the Daily Beast, 2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the conservative opponents of LGBT rights. Though public support for gay marriage is at an all-time high, writes Tim Mak, organizations like the National Organization for Marriage see their recent spate of defeats as an opportunity to turn their focus and faith heavenward and beyond.

“Nothing is inevitable. ‘Inevitability’ is the progressive substitute for the idea of Divine Providence,” former NOM president Maggie Gallagher insisted to the blog. “Either God is in charge, or the future hasn't yet happened and is freely determined. Or God leaves us free.”

Mak points out, however, that after months of hardcore election campaigning here in the U.S., NOM finds itself woefully underfunded and in search of new social battlegrounds overseas more receptive to their ideology:

But it’s worse than “nearly exhausted”: NOM’s 2013 tax filings showed the group with more than $2.5 million in debt. And their fundraising collapsed by 50 percent from the previous year.

"They have a tough road ahead, and more and more they're being honest about that. That's becoming their new cry, now they're the David against Goliath," said Jeremy Hooper, a political consultant who has monitored the activities of anti-LGBT groups for a decade. “They're owning the fact that they're at a loss now.”

In addition to refocusing on the idea of American progressives slowly eroding the Right’s supposed rights to religious liberty, political battles abroad centered around gay rights offer conservatives the chance to contemplate just how to craft a strategy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I suspect the focus is going to be on 2016 and that social conservatives are going to struggle between choosing a champion and choosing a conventional ‘winner,’” said senior Brookings fellow Jonathan Rauch.

Check out the full article here.


Maggie Gallagher Says Duck Dynasty Is Responsible For Dip in Public Support for Gay Marriage

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In a new post over at the National Review, NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher offers her take on the recent Pew poll that found a 5-point dip in public support for gay marriage (49%).

Writes Gallagher: 

It may well be an outlier, but here is why I suspect not:

White Evangelical support for gay marriage dropped 4 percentage points, from 22 percent to 18 percent; Catholic support dropped 9 percentage points, from 61 percent to 52 percent. (White mainline Protestant opinion was virtually unchanged, rising from 56 percent support to 57 percent support.) Unaffiliated support for gay marriage continued its rise — from 71 percent to 76 percent in just one year.

But something happened over the last year to give traditional Christians second thoughts about what gay marriage would mean. What could that be?

RobertsonThe most likely candidate is A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after he expressed, rather colorfully, rather standard orthodox Christian views on gay sex.

The Duck Dynasty incident was not, of course, alone. In the spring of 2014, 65,000 people signed their names to a petition stating that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich must either recant his opposition to gay marriage or be fired. The firestorm caused him to step down. The Eich case is salient for gay-marriage opponents because he had done nothing to deserve a public tarring and feathering except contribute once to the Prop 8 campaign in California. 

Gallagher goes on to point out that a similar drop in support occured back in 2009 in response to the backlash against Miss California Carrie Prejean after she stated her opposition to marriage equality


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.


Maggie Gallagher Comes To The Defense Of Benham Brothers, Attacks Pro-Gay Allies As Anti-Religious

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Maggie Gallagher has (natch) weighed in on the bigoted Benham brothers controversy. Unsurprisingly, she's comparing the cancellation of their HGTV show to "McCarthyism" and has placed part of the the blame on what she believes is an entertainment industry with an agenda.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b004d29f6970d-800wiShe adds that she fears liberals will "redefine" religious beliefs:

"If the Benham brothers are able to survive and flourish as home building faith filled reality TV stars, the dark curtain will have lifted a bit. The future will look brighter, new possibilities will open up, whether it is on traditional existing media, or whether we begin to fund and create our own networks of communication. For as the Benham brothers have made clear, for them, whether they are on TV or not, matters not so much. For the future of a free, tolerant, and religiously diverse America, it matters a great deal. The contest right now is whether or not the Left and their LGBT allies will successfully redefine mainstream orthodox Christian (or Jewish or Muslim) beliefs as the equivalent of racism. Or whether we will forge a peculiarly American path to a better, more diverse, and tolerant outcome for us all."

Meanwhile, the Benham brothers themselves are out there talking to Glenn Beck about they feel like same-sex marriage is "not healthy" for the nation.


Maggie Gallagher: Opponents of Gay Marriage Are In a State of ‘Shock’

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In a new blog post for the American Principles Project, NOM founder Maggie Gallagher claims that opponents of same-sex marriage “are in shock, they are awed by the powers now shutting down the debate and by our ineffectualness at responding to those developments.”

Gallagher's post, aimed at Christians struggling with the idea of a post-marriage equality America, is broken into a discussion of three current events, saying each highlights “one feature of the challenges before us, and what we need to build to respond.”

On Charles Cooper, the Proposition 8 attorney who recently revealed his views on gay marriage have evolved and is now planning his lesbian daughter’s wedding:

Chuck cooperAnd here is the thing I take away, and what I want you to take away, from the Charles Cooper story: Whatever we do, and whatever we say, we have to be willing to say it, as if to a beloved child of our own family, coming to us with a loving gay marriage.

There is no line we can draw that pushes gay people “outside” and leaves us free “inside” to be angry, foot-stomping, and morally “pure.”

We are all tangled up in Love with sin, our own and that of those we love.

Brendan eichOn the controversial resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla for his pro-Proposition 8 donation back in 2008:

We live in an America in which standing up for Biblical morality (or its common sense moral analog) puts your employment in jeopardy.  How will we respond to the fear this inspires?

Will we recognize we are a subculture now facing a dominant culture and build subculture strategies?  These include building networks to get our story out, to get the “face of the victim” in front of power?  For without a community that appears to care, very few individuals will find the courage to stand.

On the demise of Arizona's bill that would allow businessess to discriminate against gays: 

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 11.21.28 AMFirst [gay activists] defined the bill as an antigay pro-discrimination measure.  Then they got credible GOP leaders to validate this framing—John McCain and Mitt Romney.

They did this in a matter of hours.  I doubt either McCain or Romney got a thoughtful analysis of the legislation and its meaning.  They got they did not want to be “antigay” and they got props for being on the right side of history.  And it was enough.

Let us not turn our eyes from what this means:  by their capacity to use the mainstream media to define what an issue “means”—progressives got the conservative movement to fold with credible and major GOP figures.

The post is well worth a read. Check it out HERE.  


NOM's Maggie Gallagher Says She Feels Personally Liberated After Losing Marriage Battle

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In an exchange that really crystallizes the tremendous progress gay rights has made, National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher shared her thoughts with The Huffington Post about losing the marriage battle, writing "I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life." 

Said Gallagher: 

I went into this fight, in good conscience, because I believed it mattered and that I had something to contribute. I did not promise myself I would win. I promised myself I would do everything I could see, to do this good, to fight for marriage as a universal human institution with certain goods and goals. I feel a great deal of contentment about that. I can see some things I might have done differently, but basically I was at post. One cannot do anything better with one's life than stand up for what you deeply believe in, i.e, to speak truth, whether in power or to power.

Gallagher acknowledged that nationwide marriage equality is on the horizon and said social conservatives will ultimately need to reformulate the role they play in society: 

As I said last summer, it was clear to me from reading Windsor [the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor], gay marriage advocates now have five votes for inserting a right to gay marriage in our Constitution. We are now in the 'gay marriage in all 50 states' phase whether we like it or not. What's next? In my view people who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage, and believe that it matters, have to become a creative minority, finding way to both express these sexual views, culturally, artistically and intellectually and to engage with the newly dominant cultural view of marriage respectfully but not submissively.

She went on to share her thoughts on religious exemption legislation like the failed proposal in Arizona and why she thinks there has been a such a dramatic shift in public opinion among religious groups regarding LGBT rights. 

You can check out the full, fascinating interview HERE


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