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Maggie Gallagher Admits NOM Has Lost The Marriage Wars

by Jean Ann Esselink on March 25, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Jean Ann Esselink,Marriage,News

No, it’s not April Fools Day, and no, this report did not originate in The Onion. Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of The National Organization for Marriage is ending her battle to keep gay people from marrying.

The New Civil Rights Movement reported last October that after the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision, Ms. Gallagher concluded it was only a matter of time before marriage equality spread across the face of America like a stadium wave. Now the Huffington Post reports that the world-class homophobe is giving up on preserving marriage inequality, admitting:

“Gay marriage advocates now have five votes for inserting a right to gay marriage in our Constitution. We are now in the gay marriage in all 50 states phase whether we like it or not.”

I appreciate that Ms. Maggie has the wisdom to know when her butt has been kicked, but it seems a bit anti-climactic. Isn’t she supposed to get down on one knee and surrender her sword to Barney Frank? Then Ellen DeGeneres  sprinkles her with glitter and her heart grows three sizes.

If only.

Ms. Maggie is moving on, but she’s not going away. She says she’s doubling down:

“As for social conservatives as a political movement, even to retain religious liberty protections is going to require a new and more serious engagement with politics.”

Did you catch it? is Ms. Gallagher has chosen her next battle – passing “religious freedom” laws, like the ones recently defeated in Arizona and Mississippi. The subject of her complaints may have changed but the rhetoric is vintage Maggie:

“I do not think religion should be used to discriminate against gay people in everyday life and I also do not think whole professions should be closed to people who cannot affirm gay unions as marriages, because then, once in a while, a gay person will have to find another photographer.” 

The more things change the more things stay the same. Give us your best shot Maggie, we’re ready. However, I would like to suggest to Ms. Maggie that before she goes once more into the breach, she should consider changing the name of her organization.

NOM is now synonymous with failure.


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Bose_in_SP_MN March 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

It hasn't made sense to me that Gallagher has been utterly disengaged from politics lately. The AZ bill was exactly the kind of thing she launched with her "religious liberty" fight. Based on her comments, one would surmise that she wouldn't have supported the extreme form the bill took. But after igniting the fight, she was AWOL when a voice of reason could have injected that it was the wrong bill, badly distorting her original intent.

But, Maggie seems to need to respect of her conservative peers (leading to income that pays the bills) more than she needs the self-respect that would come from standing up now. She could be making it clear that Brian Brown's exporting of homophobia to Russia and the third world is not just bad for LGBT people, it's heinous for any who would call themselves Christian. She could stand up to note that her work has hurt real children in real families, and that it's long overdue that people should be making Blankenhorn-style transitions to supporting all families and believing in the marital benefits and obligations for all couples who choose it.

But no, she's just discovering her freedom to dust herself off and walk away.

mikeincleveland March 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

It comes down to Maggie moving onto the next cash cow of a "job", that's all.

That's why she's getting behind the "religious freedom" movement. Tennessee just passed (and the Governor there is ready to sign) a religious freedom to-do-say-act-how-you-want bill that would allow kids in schools to denounce gay kids in the hall (much less beat them up) and not be held accountable because of "religious freedom".

There's more money in this movement now and she's just riding the gravy train on that one for the foreseeable future (until after the ACLU exhausts numerous state-filed lawsuits and forces this whole issue back up to the Supreme Court, where this all ends up going these days anyways.)

She's a fraud and huckster and just needing a new pay gig.

"Religious Freedom" will just now be her new "employer" on her LinkedIn "Congratulate Maggie on her new job" blast emails.

BJLincoln March 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

It looks like she is still not going home to her imaginary husband and gay son like any good "Christian" women would do.
I would LOVE to see her on her knees. IF there is a God and IF there is a heaven, she will be as she tries to talk him out of sending her to hell!

redblackqueer March 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Can't we find someone who will make Maggie content enough to leave us alone. Maybe if someone could help her with her look. As they say, "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness is to the bone !"

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