Posts filed under ‘NOM Exposed’

Marinelli: ‘Although we had photos of white people signing our petition, NOM didn’t choose any of them because the black woman was of greater political value.’

Cross-posted at Good As You

By Jeremy Hooper

Many of us who cover such “culture war” things have noted the obvious way the National Organization For Marriage actively seeks out non-white support for their discriminatory initiatives, then works with all of their might to blow up and exploit these images of support in order to make it seem like a certain community is monolithically opposed to gays and their quest for civil freedoms. But few of us have actual firsthand, behind-the-scenes evidence of them implementing said strategy.

But some marriage equality supporters, like NOM defector Louis Marinelli, do have unique, personal insight into this nasty, divisive game-playing. Today he’s sharing:

NOM is in the business of promoting non-white Americans that oppose marriage equality. It’s good for their image if they can present an illusion of broad interracial opposition to same-sex marriage. Of course this isn’t something at they do openly but it is certainly a strategy well-known to those within their circle. I was one of them and I have e-mail correspondence from the summer bus tour that demonstrates their fixation on exploiting blacks who showed up at the rallies as part of NOM’s public relations strategy. Look for them to do this with the Hispanics in the Bronx on the 15th.

*Louis’ full post, with snippets from NOM emails bearing out their exploitations: NOM involvement in Bronx rally is racially-motivated [Louis J Marinelli]

May 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm 14 comments

NOM-entrenched Haas family: Reared on diet of ‘ex-gay’ therapy?

In addition to NOM’s Ruth Institute pushing ex-gay therapy -Adam

Cross-posted at Good As You

By Jeremy Hooper

We’ve already established that Brian Brown, Charles Limandri, David Lejeune, and any number of other (male) National Organization for Marriage personalities are members of the Catholic organization Legatus, so just the fact that words like the following appeared in that organization’s March membership magazine would be concerning enough:

Screen Shot 2011-04-28 At 8.00.25 AmThere are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

Sexual ‘disorientation [Legatus Magazine]

Scientifically-shunned “ex-gay” propaganda is always concerning. But in this case, there is more. So much more. Because you see, the man who penned this column answers to the name of John M. Haas, Ph.D. The same John Haas who holds several different high Catholic positions (president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, founding president of the International Institute for Culture, etc). The same John Haas who resides in Philadelphia, PA. The same John Haas who teaches seminars purporting to unveil “the truth” about the gay movement. And oh yea — the same John Haas who has nine children, several of whom either have worked or do currently work for NOM as we speak:

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The Haas family is ALL UP in NOM’s ranks. In fact, Justin Haas, in particular, serves in a major capacity:

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[SOURCE: CT Family]

And the Haas patriarch whose Catholic teachings seemingly helped his children come to such beliefs? Yea, well — he refers to our love as a “disorder” and our lives nothing more than “lifestyles” from which we need to escape via propagandistic junk science. Insightful, aint it?

Now, we should say that we have no record of the father doing direct work for the organization. But the branches are certainly fanning the “protect marriage” flames, even in the trunk is staying planted in the larger Legatus pasture.

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*NOTE: Maggie Gallagher also has Legatus connections. Last fall, she spoke at a Houston chapter meeting, for one.

April 28, 2011 at 9:57 am 42 comments

What NOM Chair Maggie Gallagher said about Judge Walker’s sexual orientation

By Adam Bink

This motion to vacate the ruling because of Judge Walker’s sexual orientation really does have my jaw on the floor. As Lambda Legal’s Jon Davidson wrote in a press release, it really is Hail Mary time.

It also has me in nostalgia mode. Last year, Maggie said:

Here we have an openly gay federal judge substituting his views for those of the American people and of our Founding Fathers who I promise you would be shocked by courts that imagine they have the right to put gay marriage in our Constitution.

Here’s Maggie Gallagher talking with Arisha during last year’s bus tour on whether Judge Walker’s sexual orientation is relevant or not:

I wrote at the time in a post titled “NOM Chair Maggie Gallagher’s 5-minute evolution on gay-baiting Judge Walker:

In the first five minutes of this video, she is just all over the place in her response. First she says “first of all, it’s relevant” to “I’m not sure it is relevant” to “it’s not necessarily relevant” to “it could be relevant” to “I don’t believe that it’s totally irrelevant” to finally admitting “I don’t know if it has a bearing or not”. Eventually, she says, “if he upheld Prop 8, I think it’d be even more relevant”- clearly drawing a line between his sexual orientation and his judgment, even if she doesn’t want to admit it.

Yesterday’s news shows people like Maggie and Andy Pugno really are willing to say anything.

April 26, 2011 at 6:00 am 35 comments

Yet again, NOM fails to claim an employee. And in a post about truth, no less

Cross-posted at Good As You

By Jeremy Hooper

NOM is doing it yet again. We’ve seen them cite the work of Thomas Peters and push the supposedly independent words of John Eastman without mentioning that the former is on their payroll and the latter was one of their top 2010 candidates. Now the predominately Catholic marriage group (the Catholic predominance being something else they don’t reveal) is leading off a new blog post with this line:

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[SOURCE]

What they again don’t tell you about this supposedly independent researcher who is agreeing with them? Well (a) that IMAPP is Maggie Gallagher’s own group. But even more than that is (b) the fact that this same Josh Baker is also on NOM’s payroll! Whatever conclusions he reaches are financed by and meant to embolden this very same organization. Might that be something a responsible commentator would see a need to disclose? We’re gonna go with “yes.”

As for the rest of the post in question, which is meant to discredit Rhode Island’s equality activists? Well, NOM sidesteps the harms of their work, as ably documented by Politifact…

Gay couples lose out on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits that would normally go to a spouse. They can’t transfer property between themselves without possibly incurring a tax penalty, a concern married couples don’t face.

They aren’t protected by the COBRA law or the Family Medical Leave Act the way the spouse of an unemployed person is. Death benefits don’t automatically go to the partner in a gay marriage the way they go to a widow or widower.

“Full marriage equality [would provide same-sex couples] with about 1,700 rights.” [Prop Politifact]

…and focuses instead on the more obscure or complicated denied rights that are harder to substantively nail down (but that are not untrue denials), acting as if these tougher-to-flesh-out complexities somehow discredit equality activists’ claims. Though as we’ve shown you time and time again: If NOM would spend more time focusing on their own lack of transparency and outright disingenuous behavior and stopped working so hard to “gotcha” their opposition, our political discourse would be much richer than it is today.

April 22, 2011 at 10:15 am 38 comments

Tiny violins for NOM’s social media

By Adam Bink

Got this in my inbox the other day (bolding mine):

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Have you visited our new Facebook page yet?

Check it out today at http://www.facebook.com/NationForMarriage.

facebook.com/NationForMarriage

It’s the new home on Facebook for all things marriage-related. Click here to visit and “Like” the new NOM Facebook page, ensuring that all the latest news shows up in your newsfeed.

Even if you’re not a Facebook user, you can check out the page regularly for news, information and conversation about marriage (although you have to be a Facebook user to post comments).

Many of you have asked what happened to the “Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman” Facebook page. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Louis Marinelli helped build the Facebook page to almost 300,000 supporters, and wanted to use that page to help further NOM’s work. But unexpectedly, 10 days ago Louis assumed sole control of the page, announced a sudden change of heart, and relaunched it with support from same-sex marriage activists.

Many of the page’s fans have felt betrayed, and thousands have already “unliked” the page. While we wish Louis all the best personally, we’re obviously disappointed that he would deprive nearly 300,000 marriage supporters of their Facebook community.

That’s why we want to build this new, secure, page into the largest Facebook page supporting marriage, and we need your help.

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

1. LIKE IT! Click here to visit and “Like” the new NOM Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NationForMarriage. And after you like the page, come join the conversation, helping to make “NationForMarriage” a vibrant community of marriage supporters from all across the nation and around the world.

2. SHARE IT! Help spread the word to your friends and online networks. You can share this email via Facebook and Twitter, or post a short statement in your Facebook status, letting your friends know about NOM’s new page. (“I’m liking http://www.facebook.com/NationForMarriage because I believe marriage is the union of a husband and wife. Join me in taking a stand for marriage today!”)

3. Finally, if you’re still a member of the “Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman” (yes, that’s still the name) Facebook page, click here to visit and “unlike” the page. The unlike button is at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar when you visit the page.

Thanks for standing with us in this fight for marriage. We’re excited about this opportunity to reach out to new marriage supporters and hope that you’ll join us in spreading the word.

Brian Brown

As of this post, even after that e-mail, just 2,535 people have liked NOM’s new Facebook page. Isn’t that kind of a slow pace, Brian, given the “1 million for marriage” you keep boasting about?

Here’s what I bet, though — NOM won’t get back to the peak of 291,000. Why? Because they’re now in the ever-shrinking minority (well, and because they’re clueless at social media — see their crap-tastic mile-long e-mails and violations on Facebook logo protocol).

April 21, 2011 at 6:00 am 33 comments

Is NOM on the side of Malaysia or tolerance and acceptance?

By Adam Bink

NOM’s Maggie Gallagher likes to ask “Do I have blood on my hands?” and defend herself against attacks by folks like GetEqual as being responsible for gay kids killing themselves. Yet I have trouble seeing the difference between this:

Malaysian authorities have sent 66 boys to a four day reparative therapy camp to “cure” them of the gay, the AP reports:

Gay rights advocates decried the measure as a symptom of widespread homophobia in this Muslim-majority country where gay sex is illegal.

The boys between 13 and 17 years old reported Monday for what is officially being called a “self-development course” after their schoolteachers in Terengganu state (in red on map) identified them as students who displayed effeminate mannerisms, said Razali Daud, the state’s education director.

They will undergo religious and motivational classes and physical guidance, Razali said. He declined to give further details.

The camp is meant “to guide them back to the right path in life before they reach a point of no return,” Razali told The Associated Press. “Such effeminate behavior is unnatural and will affect their studies and their future.”

And this:

National Org. For Marriage’s Ruth Institute now pushing ‘ex-gay’ therapy

NOM-adffiliate-buttonIn a new post to their blog, the Ruth Institute, an official National Organization for Marriage affiliate, is lending credence to the “ex-gay” advocacy of one Dr. Phillip Sutton, who is himself an affiliate of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) [and who is also editor of NARTH’s so-called Journal of Human Sexuality, a self-published document they’ve been trying to push out as a credible scientific journal]. Here’s the kind of “change” mentality that NOM’s Ruth Institute is working to cultivate among their supposedly civil-marriage-focused flock:

“Reparative therapy technically is an approach to providing psychological care for unwanted SSA which is strongly influenced by the ideas and techniques of the psychoanalytic and other psychodynamic schools of therapy. Joseph Nicolosi is perhaps the best known therapist practicing and teaching this approach at the present time.

While I certainly have studied and received professional training in the conduct of “reparative therapy”, and do use some of the interventions commonly practiced for helping clients become aware of, feel and express or otherwise resolve feelings about which they are unaware, my own approach looks and sounds different. To those knowledgeable about psychotherapy, my approach reflects a number of influences: cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), assertiveness training, family systems (especially structural, strategic, conjugal relational enhancement), the Twelve Step model (fraternal and mentor support to achieve sobriety — sexual self-control, the resolution of “core issues” in the pursuit of “serenity”, or peace of mind and joy of heart). I also encourage the regular practice of journaling, relaxation and meditative prayer in my work (as do many “reparative therapists” and others trained in other approaches to psychotherapy).”

“Please do not condone, excuse or enable behavior that ultimately will be harmful to their medical, psychological, relational, and spiritual health. ‘Misguided mercy’ is not loving, even if in the short run it avoids or minimizes conflict and leads them to feel less rejected by us and us less rejected by them.”
FULL INTERVIEW WITH SUTTON: Same-sex attraction: a therapist’s view [Mercator via NOM’s Ruth Institute]

There’s no shock therapy (we think) or violence, but its two ends to the same means. One is in an extremely anti-gay country… the other is within the confines of an extremely anti-gay group. No one should “tsk tsk” at the former and give scientific credence, or a pass, to the latter.

Make up your mind, Maggie and NOM. Are you on the side of Malaysia or tolerance and acceptance?

April 20, 2011 at 6:57 am 159 comments

Louis Marinelli: Brian Brown is threatening legal action

By Adam Bink

Apparently the news about NOM using its supporters as tools is getting to them. With thanks for Towleroad for transcribing, here’s what Louis told Sirius/XM’s Mike Signorile:

“…I’ve received a message or two from Brian, who basically has – he’s trying to intimidate me to stop talking. He’s saying that if I don’t remove the posts I’ve posted on my site and I don’t stop telling the truth about who they are he may pursue legal action…I considered it an intimidation tactic…On two occasions he wrote me a message saying if I don’t comply with his wish that I remove certain posts from the site…that he would have no option but to pass it on to his attorneys and pursue legal action…”

I think we can guess what “certain posts” means.

Whatever your opinions about Louis’ decision, there is sure a lot of courage there to give up what he is giving up and getting legal action threatened in return. Keep truth-telling, Louis.

Update 1: Audio can be found here.

Update 2: Brian beats around the bush to Think Progress:

BROWN: Well, you know, people can choose what position they want on marriage. The bus driver on our tour evidently decided that he would like to redefine marriage. This is a free country and we’re going to continue. [He] has very little effect on us. We’re going to continue standing up for marriage. He was never an employee of NOM and you know we’re united in doing what’s necessary to make sure marriage is protected throughout the country.

Of course, this contrasts with their earlier statement (bolding mine):

“Louis Marinelli worked in a volunteer capacity as a bus driver during our summer marriage tour. Around this time, NOM began to pay him as a part-time consultant for helping us expand our internet reach. He has since chosen a different focus. We wish him well.”

There is of course a distinction between “employee” and “part-time consultant”, but Brian’s trying to get past the fact that NOM valued his work so much they paid Louis, and ends up falling on this face.

April 18, 2011 at 7:15 am 26 comments

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