NOM’s Brian Brown Sends Greetings From Alternate Universe

Brian Brown, of the anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage, posts on his group’s NOM Blog today about the “Top Headlines of 2014” in which he seems to conclude that his anti-marriage equality movement is somehow thriving:

We live in a time when those who wish to redefine marriage and their sycophants in the media miss no opportunity to tell us that the battle is essentially over, that history is on their side and that the views of the citizens have changed. This is a future that these activists hope for, but it is decidedly not the future they will encounter. The reason we know this is because whenever they put their version of the future to the test, it is rejected by the American people.

I am encouraged by the victories and the bright moments of the past twelve months as we head into 2015, because they remind me that the cause of marriage is still very much alive, and we have good reason to hope for even more successes in the new year!

With that reminder then, please accept my wishes for a happy and blessed new year for you and your family, and my thanks for continuing to work with NOM to defend marriage and family in 2015!

I’ll remind readers that the pro-same-sex marriage folks won almost 50 legal battles in 2014 while Brian Brown and his ilk saw perhaps 2 wins in their column.

“Even more successes” indeed…

National Organization for Marriage – Losing Campaigns and Donors

NOM’s Brian Brown

The ironically named National Organization for Marriage – which actually campaigns against marriage rights – is woefully in debt and barely staying in business according to 2013 tax records:

The main findings: NOM’s donors have vanished, with 2013 fundraising barely half what it was in 2012. Meanwhile, NOM’s debt has ballooned to from $2 million in 2012 to $2.5 million in 2013. Of the $5.1 million that NOM raised last year, more than half came from just two donors. That’s down from three major donors in 2012.

NOM hasn’t had a major “win” against same-sex marriage since 2012 when North Carolina passed it’s statewide ban – which is now already struck down.

And just today NOM’s request to reverse Oregon’s marriage ruling via en banc rehearing in the 9th Circuit Court was denied.

Another day, another loss for NOM and Brian Brown. See the one page ruling below:

Anti-Gay ‘National Organization For Marriage’ Sees Donations Drop Over 50%

Brian Brown of NOM

Brian Brown over at the ironically named National Organization for Marriage might need to worry about feeding his kids soon if NOM’s funding continues to dry up as it has in the past year.

According to analysis of the organization’s 2013 tax filings done by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), NOM raised $5.1 million in 2013, dropping by over 50% since 2012. Just 2 donors accounted for more than half of the organization’s funding – further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda. In addition, the NOM Education Fund also dropped by nearly $3.5 million in funding — a drop of almost 70% since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt.

“NOM should start figuring out that people aren’t willing to give their hard-earned money to an extremist agenda that’s going nowhere,” said Fred Sainz, HRC Vice President of Communications. “If I were Brian Brown, I’d be worried that my two or three mega-donors are soon going to come to terms with the fact that they’d largely be better off flushing money down the toilet. Americans certainly aren’t buying what NOM is selling, and it’s only a matter of time before the trickle of money keeping the lights on at NOM HQ dries up.”

It’s important to note from that quote – “Just 2 donors accounted for more than half of the organization’s funding.” Which means that most Americans are not part of NOM’s hate campaign.

And there’s more bad news for NOM:

• The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted unanimously to impose record civil penalties against NOM totaling $50,250 due to non-disclosure violations

• “Strong Opposition” to marriage equality has dropped to a low of 28%

There’s more info about NOM’s activities over at the Human Rights Campaign.

North Carolina: NOM Runs LYING Ad Against Kay Hagen

The virulently anti-gay is dumping money into North Carolina’s Senate race, but in doing so NOM is literally LYING by rewriting history and how the government works.

It’s important to note that although NOM would like you think differently, Sen. Kay Hagen did not “handpick” the judge who ruled in favor of marriage equality bringing the freedom to marry to the state.

As a matter of fact, Judge Coburn was UNANIMOUSLY confirmed by the Senate. And that includes the vote from Hagen’s fellow NC Senator Richard Burr (R).

Oh – and senators don’t “handpick” any judge. Judges are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

But NOM hopes their ilk doesn’t know how history or the government works.

(h/t Jeremy Hooper/Good As You)

National Organization For Marriage’s Brian Brown Robocalls Against GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio

Some voters in San Diego this weekend received robocalls from the president of anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, urging them to NOT vote for Republican Carl DeMaio and instead vote for the Democratic candidate Scott Peters. Not because Brown supports Peters – in the call he says Peters is “wrong on the issues but at least we can defeat him in two years. If DeMaio is elected, he may hold office and do damage for decades! Please vote against Carl DeMaio on November 4th.”

Brown opposes DeMaio basically because “gay.”

I’m no fan of DeMaio myself, but interesting that Brown is willing to turn on Republicans if they happen to be gay.

But remember, he says NOM doesn’t get involved in political races…

(via JMG)

National Organization For Marriage Loses Again In Court

Several months back, the ironically named National Organization for Marriage lost a lawsuit filed against the government, having alleged that the NOM’s donor info had been illegally leaked to the HRC by the federal government.

The government did award NOM $50,000 for the “unintentional disclosure” but it was approximately 23% of what they asked for at the time – which was over $217K.

After losing, NOM asked the court to award the haters money to the tune of $700K for “attorney’s fees.”

Today, the Federal District Court in Virginia told NOM “tough titty.” No money for you.

From the ruling:

For the reasons stated above, in strictly construing the fee-award statute in favor of the Government, the Court will deny NOM’s Motion in its entirety.

Accordingly, the Court need not address the reasonableness of NOM’s $691,025.05 fee request.

Brian Brown Begs For Money As Haters See Marriage Equality Win The Day

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown sent this missive out yesterday begging for money to continue the more and more ill-fated hate campaign against equal rights for gays and lesbians to marry.

“This is not democracy: it is judicial tyranny. We need to act—now!

Please take a moment immediately to contact Congress and demand support for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that will preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman!

Legislative efforts to amend our Constitution to protect marriage are already underway. In the House, this initiative is being led by Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. In the Senate, it is being spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

Marriage Supporter, I’ll say it plainly: marriage is on the ropes, and our principles of government are taking a beating as well. That’s why I need you to ACT NOW and DEMAND action from Congress to put a halt to the legal chaos that has been thrust upon us by the radical same-sex ‘marriage’ movement.”

Note the urgency in his tone as his cushy paycheck promoting second-class rights for gays is quickly slipping away.

Oregon: NOM Requests En Banc Review of Marriage Equality Ruling

Now it’s just getting embarrassing for the ironically named National Organization for Marriage.

After getting a big NO from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after trying to insert themselves in Oregon’s marriage equality decision, NOM is now asking the 9th for an “en banc” reviews of it’s request.

Despite a string of legal defeats, the National Organization for Marriage is continuing its battle against the May 19 federal court decision overturning Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Two weeks after a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the group’s attempt to intervene in the case, the National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday asked the full Ninth Circuit Court to reconsider the decision.

The group — which has waged a legal battle against same-sex marriages throughout the country — had earlier lost several attempts to insert itself in the Oregon case.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by NOM to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon, which began after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the ban unconstitutionally discriminated against gay and lesbian couples.

My guess is NOM needs SOMETHING to put in their email money begs to justify why anyone should send them a dime.

(h/t JMG)

NOM president Brian Brown: Marriage equality “house of cards” is collapsing

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown

Hot on the heels of the Louisiana ruling today against same-sex marriage (the first since June of 2013), NOM president Brian Brown claimed the “house of cards” that is the marriage equality movement is “collapsing:”

“Here we see the house of cards collapsing that supported the myth that redefining marriage is inevitable,” said Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “This decision by Judge Feldman in Louisiana is a great win for the cause of marriage, coming as it does on the heels of other pro-marriage court victories, that puts the lie to the claim that it is inevitable the US Supreme Court will redefine marriage. To the contrary, we believe they will leave this issue with the states.”

“Judge Feldman has authored a powerful opinion that points the US Supreme Court in the direction of upholding state marriage laws and constitutional amendments,” Brown said. “He finds what should be obvious to everyone, that states have a legitimate concern in ‘linking marriage to children with intact families.’ It is perfectly appropriate for voters to determine if they wish to decide for themselves whether they wish to redefine this age-old institution that has served society so well. Overwhelmingly, voters have rejected redefining marriage, and we expect the US Supreme Court to do so as well.”

Regarding a “house of cards,” it should be noted that Judge Feldman’s ruling is the first against same-sex marriage by a federal judge since the Windsor decision by SCOTUS in June of 2013.

(via press release)