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The National Organization for Marriage is pledging to continue its efforts to ensure that companies that back same-sex marriage pay a “price” in Middle Eastern countries that are hostile to gay rights.

The statements came during a NOM conference call Thursday evening, which the organization billed to its supporters as a discussion of the 2012 elections — which resulted in the legalization of gay marriage in three states and the defeat of a gay-marriage ban in a fourth — and of “what’s next in the fight to defend marriage.”



During the call, NOM’s top leaders said they needed to greatly expand their fundraising efforts. They argued that Mitt Romney should have focused more on the same-sex marriage issue, and they blamed Karl Rove for allegedly pushing Republicans and outside groups to focus solely on economic issues.

NOM also suggested that opponents of same-sex marriage would argue in court that Tuesday’s election results were evidence that gays and lesbians do not constitute a “suspect class” and that the Defense of Marriage Act should therefore not be overturned.

The American Independent obtained an invitation to the conference call and dialed in.

More, including audio clips at the site.

A new report reveals conservative American Christian groups behind efforts to criminalise homosexuality in Africa.
Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church, who posted a video of him supporting NOM’s Dump Starbucks campaign, is a convicted child abuser, but that doesn’t matter to the “pro-family” folks at the National Organization For Marriage.

NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, is moving its failing Starbucks boycott into countries that support the killing of gay people for being gay. NOM has translated its “Dump Starbucks” boycott of the coffee retailer into Arabic, along with three other languages spoken in countries that are generally opposed to homosexuality and same-sex marriage, many of which also support Sharia law and the killing of homosexuals for merely being homosexual.

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Of course, this is merely an extension of NOM’s already revealed plans to attempt to ban same-sex marriage worldwide, and to further race and ethic hatred and bigotry. The best thing equality supporters can do is help people in these lands understand who we are and try to make inroads ourselves.

Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner appointed Dr. Robert George — co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the National Organization for Marriage [NOM] — to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). George’s two-year appointment that comes with a taxpayer-funded federal salary.

Unbelievable…

We often talk about how hard NOM works to hide their donors – even if it means circumventing the law – but now, we’ve learned the identity of one of their high-profile financial supporters: Mitt Romney.

Financial documents obtained by HRC reveal that Mitt Romney donated $10,000 to the National Organization for Marriage in 2008 – essentially funding NOM’s strategy of using racial division and unfounded scare tactics to attack LGBT equality, at the same time that NOM was fighting for Prop 8 in California.

Previously Confidential Documents Shed Light on NOM Strategy

Today HRC got a hold of internal NOM documents that shed light on the anti-LGBT movement’s overall strategy. These documents were just unsealed in Maine mid-afternoon.  The docs are part of the ongoing investigation by the State of Maine into the campaign finance activities of NOM in that state.

On PDF page 12, it talks about “sideswiping Obama,” painting him as a “social radical” and talking about “side issues” like pornography.

You can read the docs at the Human Rights Campaign site.

Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 law banning same-sex couples from marrying waited until the very last day to file a motion with the Ninth Circuit to appeal their case, effectively delaying a possible trip to the Supreme Court. Today, anti-marriage equality activists will request that the 2-1 decision again affirming Prop 8 is unconstitutional be heard en banc, before an eleven-member panel of Ninth Circuit judges — the Ninth Circuit Chief Judge, and 10 other randomly selected judges.

The Ninth Circuit does have the right to refuse to hear the case, should a majority of its judges agree that another attempt to turnover Judge Vaughn Walker‘s ruling is unnecessary or unwarranted.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday it won’t hear a case brought by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage challenging a Maine law requiring the organization to reveal its donors.

The high court posted a notice on its website indicating it wouldn’t hear the case, known as National Organization for Marriage v. McKee, without providing comment. The decision means NOM no longer has any avenue of appeal in the case.

NOM, among the most high-profile organizations opposing same-sex marriage, asked the Supreme Court to take the case after the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the Maine disclosure laws.

In 2009, NOM contributed a total of $1.8 million to Stand for Marriage Maine and was one of the top fundraisers for the political action committee, which funded efforts for a Maine referendum that nullified the same-sex marriage law in the state.

According to Maine law, any organization that makes expenditures of more than $5,000 to influence a ballot question must register and file reports with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election Practices.

The anti-gay group contested this law on the basis that NOM shouldn’t be defined as a political action committee and because the statutory scheme of the law was unconstitutionally vague, but the First Circuit denied these arguments. The high court decision on Monday not to take up the case means the appellate court ruling will stand.

Maggie Gallagher, founder and former Chair of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, tells Thom Hartmann at RT news that the Supreme Court found marriage is a right – but only for procreation. Seriously, Maggie, how can you continue to distort the truth. Just repeating lies doesn’t make them truths.

The “Thanksgiving Family Forum” was organized and sponsored by three groups: the James Dobson-founded Focus on the Family, a religious right powerhouse known for its bizarre cultural agenda; the National Organization for Marriage, perhaps best known for its unintentionally hilarious anti-gay commercials; and The FAMiLY Leader, an Iowa-based group of extremists that put together “The Marriage Vow” for GOP candidates, which argued, among other things, that slavery wasn’t that bad for African-American families.

Despite — or more likely, because of — the radicals behind the forum, six GOP presidential hopefuls showed up to pander to the religious right voters, each vowing to be more pious than their rivals. The only two candidates who weren’t there were Mitt Romney, who declined an invitation, and Jon Huntsman, who wasn’t invited at all.

The result was an event that was tough to watch.

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So, what did we learn from the event? That for all the focus on economic and fiscal issues at the national level, much of the Republican base is still preoccupied with a culture war — and most of the Republican presidential candidates are only too pleased to tell these voters what they want to hear.

Minnesota corporations can’t make secret donations in favor of or against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled Thursday. Target, you’ve been warned.

The National Organization for Marriage and the Minnesota Families Council, two groups that oppose gay marriage, had asked the board to allow concealed donations, the Minnesota Independent reports. The groups had argued that same-sex marriage supporters could commit acts of vandalism or violence against anti-gay marriage donors.