VIDEO: Uncovering NOM’s shock and awe (It’s unreal, really.) #NOMExposed

November 18, 2010 at 9:11 am 59 comments

Cross posted at NOM Exposed

by Kevin Nix

In the more than two months NOM Exposed has been up and running, we have been pleasantly surprised at the level of engagement by LGBT folks and straight supporters.

Now we want to take it to the next level— and will be doing so very soon. (What a tease…)

In the meantime, here’s what we ask of you today: Spread the word about who NOM is. Share this video on Facebook. Send it to bloggers. Let’s make the rounds.

NOM’s leaders may not always come across as loud and horrendous as Fred Phelps (of “God hates fags” fame), but they are just as dogged–and more dangerous—in making sure LGBT people can’t get married.

After they hijacked the courts in Iowa earlier this month, Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown are feeling pretty good. They will continue their PR campaign to make them *look* tolerant or like they “have gay friends and family,” a well-played line Brown used in a newspaper profile last year. (Ann Coulter and straights-only-in-the-military Elaine Donnelly have gay “friends” too, one of the most hysterical, and boorish, claims in the past four decades of the gay civil rights movement.)

Stay tuned for a new, robust effort that involves you guys.

Entry filed under: NOM Exposed, Right-wing.

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59 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann S.  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

    • 2. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

      • 3. Ronnie  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm


      • 4. Rhie  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm


      • 5. JonT  |  November 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

  • 6. Sagesse  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Subscribing to watch later.

  • 7. anonygrl  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Can’t watch from work… probably just as well, since every time I watch one of NOM’s videos I end up yelling things like “OH SHUT UP YOU IDIOT” at my computer. Not a good idea at work.

    • 8. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

      I watched it…but not so impressed…

      Just some “sound bites” of stuff we have already heard…put together with ominous background music. I thought it was a new revelation/announcement/policy by NOM.

      Too propaganda-like for my tastes. This does not mean I do not appreciate the efforts by the courage campaign and HRC…this style pushes me away though instead of embrace me. this is NOT a video I would share with my friends/family.

      • 9. StraightForEquality  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

        Yes, we have all seen and read these things before. I think this video is meant for people who are not already familiar with this.

        • 10. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

          If I gave this video to my mother (for example) or out-of-the-loop high school best friend I think they would say “who’s Maggie?” “Who’s Brian?” I’m and open, proactive person but I cannot think of even one person I would share this with.

          • 11. StraightForEquality  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

            That’s a good point, Gregory.

          • 12. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

            @ StraightForEquality
            I may have mentioned before but a BIG THANK YOU and BLESS YOU for being an Ally!!! I love, appreciate, admire our allies for loving and supporting us.

          • 13. StraightForEquality  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

            Gregory, thanks. Equality is for everyone. This isn’t the America I believe it should be if some are discriminated against.

  • 14. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Anxious to see the video and to hear/read what comes next

    • 15. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

      very anxious here too!

  • 16. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I think that NOM is actually worse than the Phelps group. At least the Phelps’ are up front about their motivation…NOM hides behind the curtain with hands open wide…give us your money.

    • 17. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:48 am


    • 18. Straight Ally #3008  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Agreed, LLB, but for a different reason. Everyone hates the Westboro Baptist Church, so they have no real political influence – if anything, their extremism helps the LBGT cause. Quite the opposite for NOM; they certainly don’t always win their fights, but they had a hand in our major losses.

  • 19. elliom  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

    For a 1 1/2 min video, not too bad, but does assume some apriori kge.

    Perhaps another, longer video that explains who NOM, FOtF, PJI, etc. are, and how they’ve peddled their fear and hatred through lies and scare-tactics, then wrapped it up in pretty paper called the Bible, and stuck a nice bow on it made from the shredded remains of the Constitution.

    • 20. Rhie  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Yea. I keep forgetting that not everyone knows who NOM is, and why they are dangerous. It doesn’t really take all that long to explain. Just let a person read the press releases or watch the Gathering Storm video. The animus becomes very clear, very quickly.

  • 21. New  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hi folks,
    Just a couple of questions:

    1-Would it be possible to have such legislation as FEDERAL civil unions in the US?
    2-Shouldn’t such legislation have a chance if intropduced by now?
    3-And why the gay community is not also pushing for federal civil unions legislation?


    • 22. Ann S.  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

      Marriage has always been a matter of state law (with exceptions such as for immigration purposes and then DOMA since it was passed). I don’t think it’s politically feasible to pass federal civil unions because of this — the states’ rights people would oppose this.

      • 23. New  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

        Thank you Ann.

        Allow me to ignore the “marriage” laws for a moment, and ignore DOMA, since DOMA regulates marriages and not civil unions.
        If my memory serves me correclty, back in 2008 during the presidential campaigns, we heard many candidates, including your pres. Obama, saying something like:
        “I’m against gay marriage but I’m for Civil Unions, with all the federal benefits”
        My questions are:
        What exactly would be a civil union that provides federal benefits?
        And what can one do to achieve a civil union legislation that provides federal benefits, since we don’t have one?
        IMHO this civil union with ALL the benefits were part of the presidential campaign promisses, and we didn’t see it happenig yet.

        • 24. Ann S.  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

          Political candidates often make promises that are not within their sole power to deliver, and this is one such instance.

          I think that the states would have to pass civil union laws and DOMA would have to be repealed or amended and a new federal law passed recognizing state civil unions as being equivalent to marriages in order for there to be “civil unions with federal benefits”.

          Clearly it’s not within the President’s power to repeal or amend DOMA or pass federal law, let alone state laws.

  • 25. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:47 am


    Gingrich on Iowa Supreme Court: The Other Justices Should Resign

    …At a book signing in West Des Moines on Wednesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said he though the four remaining justices, who weren’t up for a retention vote, should resign. He said it was clear after the three justices on the ballot were defeated that the other four also would have lost their jobs…

    “I mean it’s clear if they had been on the ballot, they’d have been repealed,” Gingrich said.

    Seems that current Gov. Culver might just replace the three judges before Branstad takes office…

    Culver or Branstad? First, in a blog post we did the day after the election, University of Iowa law professor Todd Pettys raised the possibility that the outgoing governor, Democrat Chet Culver, whose reelection bid was defeated on Nov. 2, might appoint the three justices’ replacements rather than allow his successor, Terry Branstad, to make the picks.

    At first, Culver demurred. But he’s since said that if given the opportunity before Jan. 14, his last day in office, he’d go ahead and make the appointments. Click here for the article, from the Des Moines Register.

    (The way it works in Iowa: a nonpartisan panel sends a handful of options to the governor for selection. The governor, without legislative oversight, gets to pick.)

    This, of course, isn’t sitting well with Branstad. “I would think that Gov. Culver would concur that we need to be careful about not rushing to try to replace the people that have been rejected, but instead to come up with a thoughtful process that could restore credibility to the court,” Branstad said earlier this month.

    Full article:

    • 26. elliom  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

      Showing, once again, the Right has NO IDEA what the Constitution is, and what’s it’s for.

    • 27. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

      I hope Culver gets the opportunity to fill the positions. I am sure NOM is hoping not and probably already getting lawyers together in Iowa to fight this.

      Culver says he’d appoint justices if given the chance

      Gov. Chet Culver said Monday that if given the opportunity he will fill Iowa’s three Supreme Court justice vacancies before Republican Terry Branstad takes office on Jan. 14.

      The judges lost their bid for retention Nov. 2 due to the court’s unanimous ruling in 2009 that said a law denying equal marriage rights for same-sex couples was unconstitutional.

      Many of the same voters who voted against the judges also contributed to Culver’s re-election loss.

      A nonpartisan panel will send finalists to the governor for selection, and that process could be completed before Jan. 14.

      “They decide the timeline, they decide the names they send and we don’t know what that timeline will look like, but if they send those names to me I will exercise my duties as governor as I am required to do,” Culver told the Associated Press.

      Culver, who supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, previously told reporters after the Nov. 2 election that he didn’t know how or whether he would act on the judge reappointment issue. His statements Monday were the clearest to date of his intentions.


      • 28. Straight Ally #3008  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

        What’s this “given the chance” bullsh-t? Have some balls, Culver! Make the appointments!

      • 29. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

        Doesn’t the panel have to submit names to him? This may refer to that part of the process being out of his hands.

    • 30. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Newt needs to focus on his own (third) marriage. Given his track record, he likely doesn’t have much time before he’s caught cheating on his current spouse.

      • 31. Straight Ally #3008  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

        Yeah, it’s so ironic that Newt is concerned about the sanctity of marriage when it’s not his own. This is all a political ploy well in advance of the Iowa caucuses.

  • 32. DK  |  November 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Hey all,
    Just to remind you, Richard and BZ are getting married today!!! *happy dance*
    I am scrambling at work so I can be there! :)
    Another straight ally,
    in CT

    • 33. Ann S.  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:04 am

      Please give our best to them both! Squeeeee!

      • 34. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:15 am


    • 35. fiona64  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Plus, it is BZ’s birthday. :-)


      • 36. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

        OH! didn’t know!

    • 37. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Give them both big hugs from all of us. And wish BZ Happy Birthday, too!!

    • 38. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Please give them both a big hug from Robert and I

    • 39. StraightForEquality  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Congratulations, Richard and BZ! And good luck with the law suit you are planning to bring.

    • 40. Chris in Lathrop  |  November 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Congrats, Richard and BZ! And happy birthday! :)

  • 41. Phillip R  |  November 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Off topic but saw this article and thought about the crew here.

    Nice to see a school has been standing up for equality.

  • 42. Bill  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Professional doody-head and closeted homosexual Tony Perkins is saying if DADT is repealed, the draft will have to be reinstated because the hetero soldiers find us ‘so offensive.’

    • 43. Bill  |  November 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      Here is the essay by Perkins in its entirety…

    • 44. Straight Ally #3008  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Right, our fighting forces are so unprofessional that just the knowledge of someone’s orientation will so offend their delicate sensibilities that they’ll have to give up their military careers. Right. He’s long overdue to be caught getting his luggage lifted.

  • 45. Carpool Cookie  |  November 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Sorry, checking in from work….but has the story about Willow Palin throwing the words “fag,” “faggot” and the phrase “you’re so gay” at someone she disagreed with on facebook been covered here?

    It really shows you how she was raised and what that family’s values are, if there was ever any doubt…

    • 46. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  November 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      I can’t believe the mouth on that child. I am very surprissed Sarah isn’t having these pages monitered….has she learned nothing from past issues with her children and their behavior? LOL
      I bet ‘Mama Grizzly’ shuts down Willow’s FB account real quick now that it’s made headlines

      • 47. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

        Here’s what Mrs Better Bowers, America’s Best Christian has to say about her:

        One of Sarah Palin’s charming daughters responded to criticism on Facebook by writing “Your [sic] such a faggot.” Her small-town hillbilly bigotry is only outshone by her familial illiteracy. I’d be tempted to blame the pernicious influence of her vulgar, attention-whore mother, but from all accounts Sarah spends almost no time with her children.

        Kindly refresh my memory: Is Bristol the Palin child who broke into homes to have underage-booze/sex parties, the Palin child who did drugs and had a child out of wedlock or the Palin child who snorted cocaine, stole a bottle of vodka from a liquor store and cut the brakes on scores of school buses? Forgive me; it is so difficult to keep the neglected offspring of trashy, narcissistic, adulterous liars straight.

        • 48. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

          Nicely put!

        • 49. Kathleen  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

          Of course that’s supposed to be Mrs. Betty Bowers

        • 50. Ronnie  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm


        • 51. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  November 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

          That made me shoot coffee out of my nose! OUCH!!

    • 52. fiona64  |  November 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      As I said to one of my RL friends on his Facebook page (he shared this link): “Gotta love those ‘small-town family values’ that the Palins represent.”


      • 53. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  November 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

        LOL Indeed!

  • 54. Kevin  |  November 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    NOM is way more dangerous than WBC – Phelps’ folks are well-known cloudcockoolanders, but the NOM people can seem sane and approachable to many who are unaware.

    Definitely need to get this message spread.

    • 55. MJFargo  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      NOM is masterful at appealing to the “better side” of prejudice, reinforcing “normalcy”…which is another way of flattering peoples’ need to feel superior.

  • 56. Anonygrl  |  November 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    My reaction to this video was “is that it?” They have said SO many more hateful things. There are clips here on P8TT that Arisha and co. gathered that have much more impact, and from NOM speakers, not just their supporters.

    It is a good idea, but I don’t think it goes nearly far enough to make it viral worthy.

    Just my two cents.

    • 57. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  November 19, 2010 at 8:09 am

      good review… reaction was similar…

  • 58. Richard A. Jernigan  |  November 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Yes, and I think one of the best ways for us to counter this effort in addition to sharing this video on Facebook is to also post our wedding pictures and videos there. the more people there are who will see those videos, see that we have the same human emotions and needs as they have, and it will be even harder for them to deny us our basic, fundamental civil and human rights.

  • 59. truthspew  |  November 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I would copy it but you embedded it and I cant’ get to the video source to do so.


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