While the National Organization for Marriage was called out by the Southern Poverty Law Center for attacking the gay community with lies and propaganda, the organization was not declared a hate group by SPLC. However, based upon the following reasons, I think SPLC needs to take closer look at NOM and declare the organization to be an anti-gay hate group:
May 10, 2011 – NOM exploiting children to stop gay marriage in New York – NOM puts out a commercial in New York repeating the variation of the “kindergartners are being taught about gay marriage” lie which was exposed by Politifact in February.
May 14, 2011 – Politifact gives NOM ‘Pants on Fire’ rating for lying – Politifact catches NOM lying yet again. This time it is about marriage equality in Rhode Island.
May 15, 2011 – Brian Brown reveals NOM’s anti-gay game of divide and conquer – At a march against marriage equality in New York, NOM president Brian Brown repeats the lie that ” . . . kids as young as kindergarten are taught in Massachusetts that their parents are bigots because they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman.”
May 16, 2011 – NOM – Homosexuals wants to destroy children’s innocence through gay marriage – NOM sends out a flyer claiming that gay marriage will destroy the “innocence” of children.
May 22, 2011 – MN’s chief anti-equality lobby: ‘Accepting homosexuals as normal victimizes homosexuals themselves’ – It is discovered that NOM’s partner to stop marriage equality in Minnesota – the Minnesota Family Council – has material on its webpage falsely accusing the gay community of pedophilia, bestiality, and the consuming of urine and feces. This material is removed from the webpage, but MFC’s president, Tom Prichard, still defends the lies. NOM makes no comment about the controversy and is presently still partnered with the group.
June 28, 2011 – NOM astroturfed ‘legal scholars’ in New York – During its unsuccessful attempt to stop marriage equality in New York, NOM tried to make it seem that objective legal scholars were claiming that marriage equality in the state will negatively impact those who disagree with it. But NOM omits the fact that these scholars are not objective. They are all against marriage equality. And one of the scholars in question, Robert George, is presently the Chairman Emeritus of NOM.
And if those reasons aren’t enough, Equality Matters has a huge breakdown of NOM’s exploits which go way beyond simply “expressing Christian faith” or “defending traditional marriage.” The following are just a few:
And then there are the following past incidents which I have referred to on several occasions.
November 20, 2009 – Signer of Manhattan Declaration wanted to jail gays and lesbians – By signing an anti-gay document, The Manhattan Declaration, Gallagher and NOM affiliate themselves with people who want to jail lgbts.
February 1, 2010 – Maggie Gallagher commits ‘sin of omission’ to make case against marriage equality – Gallagher cites a study to bash gay marriage and gay parenting, even though the study had nothing to do with either concept.
March 8, 2010 – TinyU-R-Gay: @NOMupdates limits gay lives to less than 140 characters/years – A NOM tweet actually pushing the lie that gays have a short life span.
June 14, 2010 – National Organization for Marriage: Gays Were Never Hunted Down and Murdered Like ‘Jews, Christians, and Blacks’ – NOM is found to be affiliated with Louis J. Marinelli during its failed summer for marriage tour. Amongst other things, Marinelli claims that gays want to molest children. When Marinelli’s words became public, NOM claimed that the organization had no affiliation with Marinelli. However certain links posted as an update to the story demonstrated that NOM did have an affiliation with Marinelli. Editor’s note - Marinelli disavowed his work with NOM.
June 28, 2010 – Message to Maggie Gallagher: associating with bigots does make you a bigot - NOM associates itself with another bigoted group, The Traditional Value Coalition. Amongst other things, TVC head Lou Sheldon has said that gays should be referred to as “sodomites.”
July 27, 2010 – National Organization for Marriage needs to disavow its ‘zany’ followers - NOM not only has a problem with the homophobia of those in its ranks, but also those who support the group, particularly the guy with the poster of the hangman’s nooses.
February 11, 2011 – PolitiFact catches anti-gay group NOM in a huge lie about gay marriage and children – Pultizer Prize-winning news site calls NOM out on a lie that gay marriage is being taught to kindergartners in Massachusetts.
February 17, 2011 – National Organization for Marriage called out AGAIN for distortive tactics – NOM commissions a misleading poll claiming that the majority of folks in Maryland oppose gay marriage. They are called out on it by a local columnist.
February 22, 2011 – National Organization for Marriage makes the case for being an anti-gay hate group – NOM pushes a piece written by syndicated columnist Mike McManus of the group Marriage Savers. The column has several distortions about gays, including the lie that gay men have a shorter life span than heterosexuals. NOM has not distanced itself from this piece.
April 14, 2011 – NOM Rhode Island’s Chris Plante: Gays’ marriages ‘turn children into little teacup dogs — it’s an accessory to put in my purse’ – A NOM leader in Rhode Island, Chris Plante, makes an offensive remark about same-sex families.
April 15, 2011 – Maggie Gallagher shucks and jives her way through the DOMA hearing - During a Congressional hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act, Gallagher says that gays and lesbians make wonderful parents and she does not understand how her past statements can be construed a “condemnation” of gays and lesbians and their “parenting skills.” However, Equality Matters (and myself) lists statements Gallagher has made in the past which were not so complimentary to the lgbt community.
Hopefully the Southern Poverty Law Center will take note. These efforts by NOM have nothing to do with morality or defending tradition, but rather demonizing the gay community through lies, fear tactics, and junk science.
NOM should be declared to be an anti-gay hate group.
Simple answers to NOM’s complicated lies