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National anti-gay marriage group claims bias in Prop 8 hearing

The National Organization for Marriage released a statement regarding the federal appeals court hearing on California’s Proposition 8 yesterday, decrying the court panel as biased.

The anti-gay group is up-in-arms over the inclusion of Judge Stephen Reinhardt, whose wife works with the American Civil Liberties Union and has been involved in the case through her role at the ACLU. Reinhardt was one of three judges who sat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals during yesterday's hearing.

"This hearing makes a mockery of the federal judiciary," said Brian Brown, president of NOM, in an internet posting. "Citizens are entitled to a guarantee of impartiality from their judiciary. Yet here we have the spectacle of a federal appeals court justice ruling on a case in which his wife represents a group that is a participant. A cynic would be left to wonder if the fix is in for marriage in the Ninth Circuit."

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‘NOM World’ impersonating anti-gay hate group

The National Organization for Marriage released a warning to its followers today regarding a new online presence from a group calling themselves “NOM World.”

NOM is accusing the fake group of mimicking its logo and misleading its followers. “NOM World” uses the name ‘be4marriage’ on Twitter.

“Please understand that this group is not related to NOM, and is only attempting to confuse and mislead NOM’s followers and potential followers on Facebook and Twitter,” a NOM blog post states. “They are openly in favor of same-sex marriage and accuse NOM of being a hate group.”

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Iowa voters oust justices who allowed gays to marry

Iowa voters removed three state Supreme Court justices who voted in 2009 to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. According to the Associated Press, it was the first time that Iowa voters had successfully voted to remove a Supreme Court justice.

The National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay group that was formed in response to California’s Proposition 8 battle in 2008, lobbied on behalf of the removal of the justices. NOM, in partnership with Campaign for Working Families PAC and Iowa for Freedom, purchased ads in the state leading up to the election urging voters to remove the justices.

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NOM strategist supports DADT repeal?

Louis J. Marinelli, a strategist for the National Organization for Marriage, posted an interesting message via his Twitter account last night.

NOM strategist supports ending DADT

I’m surprised that someone who works with an organization that actively gathers in protest against same-sex marriage and spent a fortune in California’s Proposition 8 battle would support something so progressive like the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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By the numbers: National Organization for Marriage

2,000,000 Size of the “army” Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage executive director, claims his group is building to defend  marriage from gay couples. 750,000 The number Brown claims his army is “a...
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NOM goes to Washington

The National Organization for Marriage hosted a rally in Washington, D.C., yesterday as part of the “Summer for Marriage Tour 2010.”

The stop in Washington was the group’s final location on its 23-city tour. NOM made a stop in Atlanta on Aug. 7.

The Washington Blade was on-hand to cover the D.C. rally and interviewed  Brian Brown, NOM’s executive director. Brown stressed the group’s mission was to maintain the “core definition” of a union between a man and a woman.

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Religion blog: Oh, rubbish, you have no power here

As I sit here writing this blog, I cannot help but feel the intense emotion of pride for our LGBTQ community. Sometimes we mess up and get ourselves over reactive to situations brought to our community.  Yet, not this time...this time we did it correctly.  This time we allowed our enemies to put their sizable feet right into their mouths.

As every one knows “The National Organization for Marriage” (NOM) found their way to our little part of the world.  To say the rally they held was a complete and utter failure is to understate how bad it really was for them.

As has been reported by various sources they were lucky if the number of attendees reached 20 (this is minus reporters, speakers, entertainers, and the Capital police).

Meanwhile across Washington Street, 300 plus of the LGBTQ community and straight allies showed up to give witness to the fact we are diverse, wise and a gentle people.

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[Video] NOM rally and counter-protest

National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown spoke to a small crowd of anti-gay marriage supporters in Atlanta on August 7th, 2010. Brown compared the fight to keep same-sex marriages outlawed to the anti-slavery movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights. Videos after the jump.