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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.


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


Maggie Gallagher Would Probably Bake A Gay Wedding Cake: AUDIO

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As long as she had the approval of a priest, at least. So that's lovely: she founds an organization whose explicit goal is to deny gay men and women their due equal rights and protections under the law of the land, but if a priest were to say it was ok, she'd bake a cake for the same-sex wedding she finds morally abhorrent. How thoughtful.

You can listen to the sound bite AFTER THE JUMP...

Via Good As You.

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Maggie Gallagher Rips Idea of GOP 'Truce' on Social Issues Like LGBT Rights: AUDIO

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NOM founder Maggie Gallagher is alarmed over the idea that the GOP might be considering a "truce" on social issues like abortion and LGBT rights and spoke with radio host Steve Deace about it on Wednesday night, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said Gallagher: "The truce strategy is the stupidest of all possible strategies...The money right now in the Republican party is being conditioned on adopting a suicidal political strategy."

Listen, below:


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