National Organization for Marriage has sent some pathetic emails before, but the smell of desperation is particularly pungent in this latest.

On the heels of losing marriage equality ballot measures last year in Washington, Minnesota, Maine and Maryland, and marriage equality legislative efforts in France and Rhode Island this year (so far), NOM has nothing to show for all the cash they’ve sponged from supporters except failure and the derision of former collaborators.

So naturally, they ask supporters to give more.  Got to feather the nest before the U.S. Supreme Court removes their last shred of credibility.  Here’s an excerpt of what could be called their Mayday email:

National Organization for Marriage

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last week, the Rhode Island state legislature voted to redefine marriage. And the Delaware legislature has a similar vote pending in their state Senate.

This isn’t good news…and the media loves to trumpet it far and wide.

But I’m writing to you today, not to discourage, but to remind you that we are standing on the verge of a tremendous victory for marriage in America! And how we respond in this moment may shape marriage for decades to come.

In the next eight weeks — and perhaps even sooner — the Supreme Court will issue its rulings in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases… and we are poised to win our greatest victory for marriage ever!

Click here to make an immediate donation to NOM to help us give marriage the defense it both needs and deserves at this critical juncture!

Thanks to a generous benefactor, every dollar you give will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000.

There has never been a better time to give—your gift of $50 will instantly become $100; $100 will become $200; and $500 will become an incredible $1,000 in defense of marriage!