NOM was organized at the behest of prominent LDS members to win passage of Proposition 8, banning marriage equality equality, civil unions and domestic partnerships in California. Since then, NOM leaders have consulted with Rick Santorum (see photo), have persuaded Mitt Romney to sign their anti-marriage equality pledge, and have joined forces with Bob Vander Plaats, leader of SPLC-catalogued antigay hate group, The Family Leader, to expel three of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of that body's unanimous decision to extend the civil right of marriage to same sex couples. NOM is now using its large, but mysteriously-sourced resources to target Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs, who has adamantly refused to play ball with them.
Gronstal's opponent, Al Riggenberg, appears to be completely on board with the National Organization for Marriage's crusade to end marriage equality in Iowa — and to outlaw civil unions and domestic partnershps too.
|Clockwise, from upper left: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Maggie|
Gallagher and Brian Brown of NOM, and Bob Vander Plaats.
Below: at a DC marriage equality hearing, Brian Brown of NOM is asked (at about the 3:25 mark) questions about his organization's finances and whether it is a front to funnel money from the Mormon community. In a dismissive response, Brown repeatedly claimed NOM was a victim of religious bigotry.“NOM’s internal documents are a cynical catalogue of contempt,” Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, told me, “not just for gay people, not just for people of color, but for the Golden Rule of treating others as you would want to be treated.” In a statement provided to the Human Rights Campaign, civil rights icon Julian Bond said, “NOM’s underhanded attempts to divide will not succeed if Black Americans remember their own history of discrimination. Pitting bigotry’s victims against other victims is reprehensible; the defenders of justice must stand together.”