They’re Not Bigorts!

Either the Ruth Institute is trying to appeal to the “morans” crowd, or they are the “morans” crowd.  “Bigorty”?  “Its” misspelled twice?

Ruth Institute is an anti-LGBT organization founded by National Organization for Marriage.  It’s run by a woman who refers to herself as “Dr. J” in a cringe-worthy attempt to appear hip (in her 70s parlance, “cool”) to the youth she targets with her message of not-bigorty.

Note to Dr. J:  If you have to begin your argument with the claim that what you’re pushing isn’t bigorty, then it probably is.

H/T Kathleen

NOM’s Officers Get Pay Increase Even As NOM Suffers $1M Deficit

Chris Geidner reports this morning that National Organization for Marriage ended 2012 with a $1 million deficit:

According to reports filed with Internal Revenue Service, The National Organization for Marriage, which has been a leader in the fight against same-sex couples’ marriage rights, was more than $2.7 million in the red because of of its political advocacy arm’s spending, while the organization’s educational arm ended fiscal year 2012 with just over $1.6 million in the bank.

All told, the organization was more than $1 million in the red following a difficult year for those fighting marriage equality battles.

But there’s another important fact to be reported.  Despite NOM’s $1M deficit, NOM’s top employees got pay increases in 2012.  Here is a summary table of compensation I created from NOM’s financial reports (IRS 990) for 2011 and 2012.

Who says anti-LGBT hatemongering doesn’t pay?  For Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown and Jennifer Roback Morse, it pays quite nicely, even as they lead the organization into financial peril.  Bottom line be damned, they’re getting theirs.

Eugene Delgaudio Only Needs $50,000 To Stop ENDA

Someone get the man a leotard and cape, he’s got superpowers!  Eugene Delgaudio, email scam artist and president of Public Advocate of the United States, “a nonprofit organization that fights the radical agenda of the Homosexual Lobby,” just emailed me with this amazing claim about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

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Dear Laurel,

Tomorrow is Day #5 of Public Advocate’s Emergency Battleground Action Initiative.

So far we’ve raised over $17,000 thanks to an outpouring of support from pro-Family Public Advocate supporters like you.

Unfortunately, we’re almost halfway to our deadline of November 17th and we are falling behind the pace needed to meet our goal.

If we want to reach the $50,000 needed to hold the line against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), I need 14 people in Seattle to chip in $10, $20, or whatever amount possible right now.

Can you be one of those 14 people?

The U.S. Senate passed ENDA last week in a historic bipartisan vote.  The bill now awaits action in the House of Representatives

Mr. Delgaudio doesn’t have a prayer of making a dent in the ENDA debate with $50,000, but he can certainly use it to fatten up his million-dollar annual budget.  Or go Christmas shopping.  After all, Public Advocate of the United States has paid Mr. Delgaudio a total of at least $720,000 in “management” fees for the years 2005 through 2011.

Mr. Delgaudio first came to my attention when he sent this “rainbow blood” image to his email list, which seemed to be advocating lethal violence against LGBT people.

NOM Sure Has A Lot Of Politicians to Hold Accountable

Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii have joined or re-joined the ranks of marriage equality states this year.

As each state joins the equality fold, National Organization for Marriage responds with a promise to “hold the politicians accountable”.

“We will work tirelessly to hold the politicians accountable for this travesty,” threatened NOM president Brian Brown after the Rhode Island and Minnesota legislatures passed marriage equality laws.  “We will hold the politicians accountable for their votes” he threatened again after Delaware became a marriage quality state.  Brown issued similar threats following marriage equality wins in Illinois and Hawaii.

Those are easy threats to make, but NOM doesn’t have the resources to back them up and run credible electoral challenges in one state, let alone in many.

NOM’s grassroots fundraising this year has been so abysmal that their “young elites” project, called the Ruth Institute, has parted company with them.

But perhaps the biggest blow to NOM’s fundraising prospects is the new papal guidance that the asks the Catholic hierarchy to shift its focus away from ideological politics and towards pastoring and social justice.

At a meeting of the US Catholic bishops yesterday, Vatican ambassador to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano relayed a pointed message from Pope Francis.  “The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people,” he said.  Pope Francis “made a special point of saying that he wants ‘pastoral’ bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology”.

In the past, the Catholic Church and it’s lay affiliate Knights of Columbus have been some of NOM’s most devoted donors.  Much of that revenue source seems now to be in grave peril.

With the number of equality states soaring and its donor base dwindling, it’s not clear how NOM can make good on its promise to “hold accountable” the hundreds of politicians it has so carelessly threatened.

Helping NOM Keep Up With The Times

Since National Organization for Marriage has been writing about integrity recently, I thought I’d help them maintain theirs (!) by once again updating their marriage equality map.

NOM has featured an obsolete version of the map on its Facebook page and main web page since June, neglecting to update it as California, New Jersey, Illinois and now Hawaii have become marriage equality states.

I’ve had to update the map before, and the way that NOM is modeling integrity in the face of ever-increasing support for marriage equality nationwide, chances are that I’ll have to do it again.

Hawaii Becomes 16th Marriage Equality State

Rainbow near Hawaii state Capitol [source]

How many more gay people must God create until we realize He wants them here?Rep. Kaniela Ing (D- Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

The Hawaii state House passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) Friday evening on a vote of 30 to 19 with two excused.

The vote came after 22 years of statewide discussion, after 57 hours of public testimony before the legislature, after over 12 hours of debate on the House floor and with 55% support statewide.

The Hawaii state Senate passed the bill in October on a 20-4 vote, and is expected to approve the House’s amended version of the bill on Tuesday.  Update (Nov 12): The Senate approved the House version of the bill on a vote of 19 to 4 with 2 excused.  The bill now goes to Gov. Abercrombie for his signature.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is eager to sign the bill into law.

Same-sex couples may begin marrying in Hawaii on December 2, 2013.

Hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex couples the marry, and the 5th this year after Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota and Illinois whose legislature and governor acted to ensure the freedom to marry in their state.

Illinois State House Passes Marriage Equality Bill After Months of Delay

Today the Illinois state House passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 61-54.  The Illinois state Senate passed the bill in February on a vote of 34 to 21.

Gov. Pat Quinn is an enthusiastic supporter of marriage equality, vowing earlier this year that “This year we’re going to pass and make a law called Marriage Equality in Illinois.”

Illinois is now set to become the 15th state (plus the District of Columbia) to treat all loving, committed couples equally under the law.

The Illinois marriage bill failed to pass an earlier vote in the House in May.  In the almost 9 months that have lapsed between the successful Senate vote and and today’s House vote, the legislatures of Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota have passed marriage equality laws, the U. S. Supreme Court reinstated marriage equality in California after striking down Prop 8, and same-sex couples began marrying in New Jersey after a court ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry.

The Hawaii state legislature is also on the cusp of passing a marriage equality bill.  Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) on a vote of 20 to 4.  Today a joint meeting of two House committees is on its fifth day of listening to public testimony on the bill.  Gov. Abercrombie has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

Ruth Institute Is Parting Ways With NOM

Today the anti-LGBT Ruth Institute announced that it is splitting with its parent organization, National Organization for Marriage:

Ruth Goes independent!

The Ruth Institute is happy to announce that it will be running as an independent organization effective November 1, 2013.

The Ruth Institute has operated as a project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund over the last three years, and has grown to the point where it will operate independently.

The Ruth Institute is grateful for it’s association with NOM and the many wonderful people we have met. We wish the NOM team much success.

No word yet on whether the breakup was amicable, but it isn’t surprising to see associates of NOM jumping ship.  NOM co-founder and chair Maggie Gallagher was the first, leaving the organization in 2011 to found her own Culture War Victory Fund, which is itself now moribund.

NOM has been unable to excite grassroots funding, and is flailing for relevancy as it loses marriage battles in state after state and moves farther from its stated mission of thwarting civil marriage equality for same-sex couples.

American Family Association & allies caught in lie about pedophilia and sexual orientation

Yesterday the American Family Association (AFA) sent out a press release which erroneously claimed that “[The American Psychiatric Association] stated that they now classify pedophilia as a sexual orientation or preference instead of as a disorder.”

The AFA, an anti-LGBT hate group, has a history of trying to link homosexuality to pedophilia.  Not surprisingly, AFA’s press release went on to quote its “cultural expert and talk show host” Sandy Rios as saying:

Just as the American Psychiatric Association declared homosexuality an ‘orientation’ under tremendous pressure from homosexual activists in the early seventies, now, under pressure from pedophile activists, they have declared the desire for sex with children an ‘orientation,’ too. It’s not hard to see where this will lead. More children will become sexual prey.

Sanity will never return to this culture until truth is reclaimed. It is not now, nor has it ever been acceptable for men or women to desire sex with children. Any who struggle with this must at least know that it is wrong before they can combat it and seek change.

Numerous anti-LGBT outlets wasted no time in propagated the hate-motivated misinformation, including the magazine Charisma, which caters to Pentecostals and charismatics, and Family Policy Institute of Washington.

In response to AFA’s claims, the American Psychiatric Association has released a statement saying that “APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.”

To Charisma‘s credit, it has posted a follow-up story which questions the accuracy of AFA’s original claims, although it does not yet acknowledge American Psychiatric Association’s clarifying statement.

As of the time this blog was posted, AFA has failed to retract their erroneous statement.  Family Policy Institute of Washington has likewise failed to acknowledge that their own statement that “American Psychological Association classifies pedophilia as a sexual orientation rather than a disorder” is in error.

Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Hawaii is halfway to becoming the 15th marriage equality state.  Today the Hawaii state Senate passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) on a vote of 20 to 4 with one abstention.

Yesterday the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor passed the bill out of committee on a 5-2 vote after a marathon 12-hour public hearing during which about 400 people testified.

The legislature is considering the bill this week in a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.  “I think Hawaii has always celebrated its sense of Aloha for one another,” Gov. Abercrombie told Reuters. “This is a question of equity.”

Gov. Abercrombie’s predecessor, the twice-divorced Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, notoriously vetoed a civil unions bill in 2010, saying at the time “I have been open and consistent to my opposition to same-gender marriage and find that the bill is essentially marriage by another name.”

Gov. Lingle’s effort to thwart civil equality for same-sex couples was short-lived, however.  Only seven months later the newly-elected Gov. Abercrombie signed a new civil unions bill into law, and is now eager to sign the marriage equality bill.

The marriage bill now heads to the House for a joint hearing of the Judiciary and Finance committees on Thursday.