The founder and former president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Maggie Gallagher has recently thrown in the proverbial towel as the freedom to marry marches on to become the law of the land. Maggie sees the writing on the wall and recently said that even her beloved Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was going to be overturned by the Supreme Court this year. Even NOM's last line of defense, "the people" has collapsed. Last November voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state all voted against NOM's campaigns of lies and distortions, and for the first time supported gay marriage in popular votes.
Every public opinion poll now shows marriage equality enjoying well over 50 percent and gaining every day. Younger people support gay marriage 2 to 1 and in some regions 3 to 1. Many more prominent Republicans have even come out in support of gay marriage. Seems like the limb that Maggie Gallagher has been standing on is about to break.
Why continue the battle if they lost the war?
Maggie along with her sidekicks, NOM president Brian Brown, NOM chairman John Eastman and NOM's fulltime political hack Frank Schubert, all collect hefty six figure salaries from NOM and various other front groups year after year. No wonder they keep marching on. It's the money, stupid!
NOM's fundraising is way down to its main 501(c)4 operation, and it was outspent 4 to 1 in the four November elections. The Catholic Church pulled out of the Maine election last year after leading the opposition to the gay marriage vote there just three years ago.
The biggest news of all is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) "didn't get involved in any of the four races [gay marriage initiatives] that were on the [November] ballot -- not one volunteer, not one dollar," according to Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, a prominent former Mormon and current Democrat State Chair of Utah. He said this recently in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune. This was in spite of the fact that the Mormon Church has three prominent members on the NOM Board of Directors, author Orson Scott Card and wealthy Mesa, Arizona partners Broc Hiatt and Craig Cardon. The Mormon Church even launched a web site two weeks ago: MormonsandGays.com which urges compassion toward its LGBT members.
NOM leadership making millions.
What else now drives Maggie, Brian, John and Frank except the money? It's very difficult to determine exactly how much money and benefits these four greedy NOM leaders make, but rest assured that it will undoubedly put them in the new highest tax rate, those making over $450,000 per year. According to the New York Times, Frank Schubert alone was making between $40,000 to $80,000 per month for running the four losing campaigns, plus untold hundreds of thousands more in commissions he earned off all his media buys.
Washington, D.C. City Councilman David Catania discovered that in addition to their six figure salaries Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown were both given free housing in Washington, D.C. when NOM moved its office down there. New NOM Chairman John Eastman must be paid a salary like his two predecessors were, and undoubtedly gets legal fees as NOM's Special Counsel in the Prop 8 case, which NOM is defending before the United States Supreme Court.
Defections and more defections.
Several of NOM's staff and high level supporters are dropping like flies. One of its top staffers Louis Marinelli now supports marriage equality, and NOM's star witness in the Prop 8 trial David Blankenhorn recently kissed NOM goodbye and said that he now supports gay marriage.
So with defectors from NOM and other anti-LGBT organizations outnumbering its shrinking staff what else could motivate these four but all that money? How sad that bigotry and money trump human happiness and equality.