Adam Bink takes over site management: Please welcome Adam to the NTT community!

July 27, 2010 at 4:00 am 47 comments

Hey everyone — I’ve got some great, great news. Adam Bink, who blogs for Open Left is going to be taking the lead on managing right up until the final event in Washington, D.C. on August 15.

After two amazing weeks of managing the Tour Tracker, we decided that giving Adam the reins would help increase our capacity to cover even more on the tour as well as give me the time to focus on promoting our tour coverage to the outside world, including more than 700,000 Courage Campaign Institute members.

If you’ve read Adam’s work over the years, you know that he’s one of the best bloggers out there, on LGBT issues as well as on the progressive movement. With his deep experience and knowledge of the LGBT movement and his passion for holding NOM accountable, I’m confident that we’ll be able to take to the next level.

Please take a moment in the comments and welcome Adam.

Eden James
Managing Director
Courage Campaign Institute

I said “Yes” because of you. Yes, you.

by Adam Bink

Hey there, fellow equality supporters! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Adam Bink, an editor over at the progressive political blog, and I’m happy to be taking over the editorial reins from Eden here at NOMTrialTracker for the next coupla weeks. I want to do two things here- one is tell you a bit about myself, and two is get into how my role here came about.

OpenLeft is a blog founded in July 2007 to strengthen dialogues between “inside” and “outside” political organizations and activists. We’re also a blog that prides itself on combining writing and activism. We engage in strategic e-campaigns where we can. At OpenLeft, I’ve covered the LGBT “beat” since last year, and ramped it up when I started working with the No On 1 campaign to protect marriage equality in Maine (which is how I got to know Eden).

Last year, we raised over $1.4 million on ActBlue for the No On 1 campaign, helped supporters from all over the country travel to Maine, and built a killer web operation. I even had the opportunity to travel to Maine when readers contributed to cover my travel expenses. While on the ground, I both worked with the No On 1 team, as well as covered issues like the battle between the Catholic Bishop and equality supporters, helped raise awareness about the three LGBT elections that fall (along with 46 other blogs), and discussed some hidden truths behind past state ballot losses on marriage equality (you can read all of my coverage by clicking here).

I went on to cover the efforts to legalize the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in my home state of New York as well as New Jersey, and have been writing and organizing on this critical issue ever since. So I want to let you know that working on marriage equality is something I live and breathe personally, and I’m looking forward to working with you on that.

Second, let me get a little bit into how this new role came about.

Over the long weekend while Eden and I were at the Netroots Nation conference, he asked me to take over the blog management here at NOMTrialTracker for the rest of the tour. I’m a bit busy myself, so I wasn’t sure I’d have the time. Then I went back and re-read the posts for the last few weeks, along with your comments.

And I was inspired. I’ve been a longtime activist for marriage equality, and I’ve met folks out there in our great country at rallies and in campaign war rooms who just don’t give up. Their determination is inspiring. I saw the same thing in comment threads here. The research, photos, news tracking I see is fantastic. Even the snark (hi, Louis!) is awesome. And I knew we could finish this tour together, and even take it a step up.

So I’ll be e-working with our team to keep bringing you the same intrepid coverage of NOM and their big dose of #FAIL, day-in and day-out. And I’ll even be adding some new features to have a little fun at NOM’s expense. Together, we’ll keep beating back the narrative that NOM is a credible, successful organization- and keep marching towards winning equality for same-sex couples, nationwide.


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47 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Welcome, Adam!

    • 2. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

      Dear Adam and Rick!

      Maybe you’ll make a special post asking our trackers to send their pictures of their families where both parents are of the same gender?  Rick Jacobs agreed to that (for example, see here).  I’m afraid, many of our trackers simply couldn’t read about it in all the comments that were flowing in these past few weeks.  The issue is out there, there’s no need to be embarrassed about it now, so let’s not be (after all, our picture depicts exactly what it is — a same-sex couple that formed a family so many of us already have).

      Personally, I would love to see a picture of an older gay couple whose straight children have their own families and their own children… and all these people get together and smile and laugh sitting on the couch — that’s what we really are talking about: that we welcome all types of families and we can live in love and piece with each other, without excluding or hating anyone!

      In the meantime, we can use some of the pictures from that “Fidelity: Don’t divorce us” video.

      • 3. adambink  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

        Hi there,

        We’re definitely looking at organizing that kind of project. Thanks!

  • 4. Papa Foma  |  July 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Welcome to the P8TT branch! All of us care — some of us care even more, so you have a receptive readership waiting!
    Papa Foma

  • 5. Franck  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Welcome on board Adam, and thank you for all of your efforts, past, present and future. Can’t wait to read your first posts here :)

    – Franck P. Rabeson
    Days spent apart from my fiancé because of DOMA: 1131 days, as of today.

  • 6. phillykarl  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Yo Adam! Howse youse doin?

  • 7. Rhonda  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Welcome Adam

  • 8. Mike K  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Admin … thanks a ka-zillion for taking on this roll. We all appreciate your efforts, and talent of course.

  • 9. TPAKyle  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Another epic FAIL for the NOM folks…

    Louis has just limited his blog to invited readers only. I guess the heat of open public discourse and his inability to come up with legitimate responses to comments posted by readers was to much for poor Louis to bare.

    Here’s what readers are greeted with now:

    This blog is open to invited readers only

    NOM and Louis = Epic FAIL

    • 10. l8r_g8r  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:18 am

      That’s just too bad. He proved my point that opponents of marriage equality just run away when they are confronted with reasoned arguments.

    • 11. JonT  |  July 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Yeah, these kinds of people aren’t really into the whole ‘free speech’ thing are they. I’d say it’s one of their defining characteristics.

      Hi Adam. (and subscribing).

  • 12. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Howdy Adam!

    And good morning Louis!

    • 13. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

      Dangit. I forgot to check the box. Adam, do you it is possible to auto-subscribe to all comments, past and future, without having to do a fake post if we don’t immediately have something to say?

      • 14. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

        Grr forgot again. I will have my coffee in about 20 minutes once I get off this bus. (and I almost forgot to do it yet again just now!)

    • 15. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

      Ok am I crazy, not awake, or did I just not get the subscription confirmation?

    • 16. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

      Ok testing again, this time from a computer instead of my phone (and it still feels weird to say that I can read almost anything on the internet from my phone).

  • 17. anonygrl  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Welcome Adam! Glad to have you aboard!

    And thanks Eden, for all the fabulous work to date!

    Big time applause for everybody (including all the great posters here, who have traded bunches of info that I have enjoyed learning too)!!!

  • 18. Sagesse  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Welcome Adam. You’ll enjoy the company here.

    Me, subscribing.

  • 19. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Welcome Adam;
    In your opening post you wrote:
    “And I’ll even be adding some new features to have a little fun at NOM’s expense.”

    Can I ask that whatever you do please please please make it in good taste…..I would hate for us to again come across as being just what the H8rs say we are.

    Again welcome and good luck!!

    • 20. adambink  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

      Absolutely, all in good jest.

  • 21. Dpeck  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Pleased to meet you, Adam, and welcome!

  • 22. Dpeck  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

    …… hey….. has anyone else noticed this? Way down at the very bottom of the page there is a teeny tiny little smiley face. It’s adorable!

    • 23. Alan E.  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

      I did just now. Cute!

    • 24. James Tuttle  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Oh cute…thanks for pointing that out.

  • 25. Michael  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Welcome, Adam! Thank you for taking on this task and helping guide us through the shrill anti-gay advocacy group NOM’s Hate Tour! Now that they have inspired their followers to lynch and murder us (as in Indianapolis), it should be getting very interesting.

  • 26. Bolt  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Good morning, fierceness is always welcome.

    • 27. Straight Grandmother  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Bolt, that was a good one.

  • 28. l8r_g8r  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Thank you, Adam! And subscribing.

  • 29. Ann S.  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Welcome, Adam!

    And, not to leave anyone out: Good morning, Louis. Good morning, Maggie. Good morning, Brian.

  • 30. Brandy  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Welcome, Adam!

    I’m a devout reader of all the posts on P8TT, although this makes only my 2nd comment.

    Thank you so much for taking this on. I really appreciate it, since I can’t be at the rallies personally.

  • 31. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    This just in via email from NOMosexual Brown…

    I need your help. The Senate is poised to vote on far-reaching and draconian new requirements for non-profits this afternoon. The bill, known as the DISCLOSE Act, would require groups like NOM to publicly report our donors, and would multiply our current reporting requirements many times over.

    Under the guise of “campaign finance reform,” President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress are trying to push this bill through before the November elections — while exempting labor unions and other favorite groups. It’s a blatant power grab, an attempt to punish political enemies, and it must be stopped.

    Please call or email your U.S. Senators right now.
    Click here to send your email today.

    Or call (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators.

    Nancy Pelosi pushed the bill through the House last month. But Republicans have the ability to block the proposal in the Senate, where the bill requires 61 votes in order to defeat the threatened filibuster. On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition to the bill, dampening Democratic hopes.

    Your calls and emails make a huge difference. Keep up the good work! Together we can help stop this dangerous bill.

    NOMosexuals with their NOMsense again!
    They will do anything to avoid going public with their hateful agenda and speech.
    No cameras in court!  No cameras at their public rallies!  No financial disclosures!
    Let’s hide in the bushes because no one would tolerate us out and proud!
    That’s what NOMos say.  And that’s why they will lose this fight with us!

    • 32. Straight Grandmother  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

      Kirille, you always have so much to contribute here, another good post. Thank You!

    • 33. anonygrl  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

      This is frighteningly like “We are going to do god’s work! We are going to save this country for white Americans! And just to be safe, we are going to hide under these sheets while we do it!”

      Same mentality. “We are doing this for the good of everyone, but cannot show our faces while we do it.”

      I bet THEY think this makes them super heroic caped crusaders.

    • 34. Dave in CA  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

      As Scalia put it (paraphrasing here):

      Yes, the First Amendment gives you the right to say whatever stupid stuff you want. But it is not there for you to cower behind it.

      Already called my senators and urged them to pass this!

  • 35. Ronnie  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Hey Hey Hey, Adam….welcome… ; )


  • 36. Kathleen  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Welcome, Adam!

  • 37. Dave in CA  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hi Adam –
    Glad to have you here – now go and get ’em!

  • 38. Straight Grandmother  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Bienvenu Adam Bink. I read your post and one thing raised my eyebrows, Eden is a man? For some reason I thought he was a woman, just based on the name. I had never heard of the name Eden before, well other than Garden of Eden.

    So did Eden tell you that if you don’t geth the NOM Tour news up fast enough Straight Grandmother from Provence France will complain? Ha-Ha. I am hours ahead of you, right now it is almot 7:30 at night my time and I am wondering what happened in Madison Wisconsin today. Yeah okay I am antsy, prolly it didn’t even start yet. I always have to have an overview of what happened or else I have a hard time going to sleep. I will be constantly refreshing this website hoping for some news of what transpired in Madison. Isn’t the Courage Team on the ground great!! Gotta love ’em.

    Welcome aboard Adam, it iis great to have you here.

  • 39. James Tuttle  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I don’t understand why this financial disclosure thing is such a big deal to those people. I know I haven’t EVER made a financial contribution to something that I wasn’t proud to have my name attached to. So if people are so petrified of being associated with these types of things than maybe they should reconsider donating in the first freakin’ place. And I don’t buy the whole “were scared for our safety” bit…oh grow a pair ya equality hatin’ babies.

    • 40. anonygrl  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

      This sort of measure is NOT to protect the donors, really, but to guarantee that those folks who may be uncomfortable about the idea of being outed as a bigot about an issue but still are potential donors won’t be chased away by the idea that they might some day be forced to face up to the people who they are pushing their beliefs on.

      THIS is what NOM is afraid of. Losing donations from folks on the fence who will not donate if there is a chance that their donations will become public.

      If the only way that this sort of organization COULD get the money was by opening their books and painting targets on their donors foreheads, there would be a run on red paint.

      • 41. Sagesse  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:44 am

        I would say NOM’s reasoning goes deeper. They were formed by the Mormon and Catholic churches as a front to hide their participation in ‘protect marriage’ activism, and also serve as a shield to other wealthy organizations and individuals who prefer to keep their participation private.

  • 42. James Tuttle  |  July 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Oh yeah, and hi Adam!! I look forward to reading your posts!! =-)

  • 43. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for being here, Adam. Sorry I am so late getting to this. We just got back from a medical appointment with my mother-in-law. Will read all the posts later.

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