Bil Browning

Maggie Out: NOM Elects New Board Chair

Filed By Bil Browning | September 22, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: anti-gay organizations, Brian Brown, gay marriage, John Eastman, Maggie Gallagher, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, same-sex marriage

The National Organization for Marriage announced today that it is replacing board chair Maggie Gallagher Thumbnail image for maggie-gallagher-at-8.jpgwith attorney Dr. John Eastman. From the NOM press release:

Dr. John Eastman is the former Dean of Chapman University Law School in California and is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm associated with the Claremont Institute. He has participated in over 50 cases in our nation's highest courts, including such landmark cases as the Pledge of Allegiance case, the Boy Scouts of America case, the Ohio school vouchers case, the Kelo case involving property takings, and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act case...

Brian Brown, President of NOM, stated, "John Eastman is one of America's foremost constitutional scholars and has distinguished himself as a fierce advocate for families and religious liberty. As a legal scholar, he has participated in dozens of cases before our nation's highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court. When important constitutional principles are on the line, people frequently turn to John Eastman to advocate a conservative, pro-family position. He will be a great asset to NOM."

John Eastman stated, "Marriage has quite correctly been described as a bedrock of civilization. Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue, and I'm honored to join such distinguished company on the Board of such a phenomenally effective organization as the National Organization for Marriage."

Gallagher will remain on the board but is stepping back her day-to-day involvement with the organization. Did her viewing of Dustin Lance Black's "8" reading make the Grinch's heart grow three sizes that day? Did she find the strength of ten Grinches plus two?

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So does this mean that NOM realizes that they are losing the public perception war and are going to place more focus on law suits? Or do they just want someone who looks less like a pig as their public face?

I couldn't disagree more with her views, but attacking someone's weight like that is really out of line. It's the sort of bullying we as a community should be trying to stop for everyone. Even the misguided.

Thank you for pointing that out! It's always so frustrating to see comments like that that add nothing to the conversation and only serve to distract.

Emily, although I understand where you are coming from, and the second sentence probably detracted significantly from my first question, I would say it again in a heart beat, just not in this setting.

Maggie has taken it upon herself to make a career out of bullying gay people. From my experience the best way to react to a bully is to bully right back. If you ignore a bully they will continue to bully and other people will join them. If you defend yourself against a bully, the bully usually thinks they are winning the fight and will continue to bully as that makes them feel you are getting under your skin. If you fight back against a bully they realize you are not an easy target and will leave you alone.

Is saying Maggie looks like a pig the best way to fight back? Probably not. Would I love to see all bullying stop? Yes. Do I think that it is realistic that someone could put an end to bullying? No. Will we ever agree on this? Probably not.

"Defend yourself against a bully"? Come on, don't kid a kidder. Do you think ol' Maggie is ever likely to read this? You're just spouting the same old sexist crap in what you perceive as a safe setting.

I do agree we can "fight back." People are doing that in effective ways that don't include demeaning women for their appearances NOM is losing.

P.S., not that I approve of your attempted appearance shaming, but there's an easy way to refute your stated intentions in doing so. Everyone who has made remarks about Maggie's weight or looks - point out a similar number of remarks about Brian Brown's appearance that you've made. Heck, point out even one remark. After all, he seems to have been struggling (or not) with similar obesity issues.

Hmmm. Strange, huh?

mark a point: I agree with Om. Twice.

jill.gaulding | September 22, 2011 7:16 PM

Chris, I agree with Emily. The best way to react to a bully is NOT to "bully right back." Dismissing Maggie Gallagher's views because of her appearance is sexist. Your pro-equality argument loses its force if you come across as a hypocrite -- interested in combating homophobia but not sexism.