NOM Exporting Homophobia. Follow the Money
Everyone knows the marriage debate earlier this year in France was brutal. It was the most vile debate that I’ve watched on the topic in Western Europe in the past 15 years. What everyone doesn’t know is that American anti-gay activists crossed the Atlantic to repackage, translate and sell their propaganda. The supposedly grass-roots movement turned out to be as astroturfy as NOM’s work in America. The HRC exposed how they do things a while back: 90% of NOM funding comes from 10 (TEN) donors. Not 100, not 1000, only 10. In 2010 NOM raised US$9,197,742 and of that total
- $6,356,000 (69.1%) came from the top 2 donors
- $8,106,000 (88.1%) came from the top 5
- and $8,326,000 (90.5%) came from the top 10
In the first year of its creation NOM paid Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher 14% of its budget. Now NOM pays Brown a salary of over $150,000 per year. NOM’s Colton Brugger went so far as to start one of the biggest anti-gay French websites called Let the People Vote. So before buying into the idea that French people are highly homophobic, think again. With a budget in the millions, it’s very easy to create controversy. I’m not saying homophobia doesn’t exist in France, it does, and just like in America people are making money on it by promoting ignorance and hatred. The leaders of NOM are fraudsters. They’re a Mafia racket.
And I bet you’re wondering who’s behind NOM, right? Well, I’ll leave you with this from the HRC:
“NOM has deep ties to the Mormon Church, the Catholic Church hierarchy and right-wing evangelical pastors and other organizations against same-sex marriage. In fact, NOM and the Portland Catholic Archdiocese contributed 83% of the money raised in Maine’s Question 1 battle…
…NOM is comparatively unguarded about its ties to the Catholic Church, acknowledging that its early funds in California came from “well-off Catholic individuals,” and NOM openly aligned with the Catholic Archdiocese in Maine. The largest known donation to NOM is $1.4 million from the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus in 2009; that comes on top of the Knights’ $500,000 donation in 2008.
NOM and the Catholic Church teamed up to fund almost the entire Maine campaign against same-sex marriage in 2009. According to the Bangor Daily News, “…$1.1 million of the $1.4 million raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in October 2009 came from a single source: the National Organization for Marriage. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has poured more than $550,000 into the campaign to repeal the law, including more than $150,000 from its general treasury since October 1, 2009. The Portland diocese also collected more than $200,000 for Stand for Marriage Maine from bishops and dioceses outside of Maine.”
According to Jeremy Hooper of GoodAsYou.org, Gallagher appeared at “a ‘private meeting for Catholic clergy’…at the request of Maine’s Bishop Malone” in Maine in September 2009 at the height of the Question 1 campaign.
At least a half-dozen Roman Catholic bishops met with NOM board chairman emeritus Robert George to discuss his 4700-word manifesto called the “Manhattan Declaration” that warned of civil disobedience if same-sex marriage or stem cell research were approved by the New York legislature. According to Church & State, the Declaration “also represents perhaps the most far-reaching effort to date to juice up the Religious Right by adding the political power and media respectability of the Catholic and Orthodox hierarchies.”
Opus Dei has funded several Robert George projects through back channels and donations between non-profit groups. According to Time magazine, Opus Dei has assets of $344 million in the US, and nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. Opus Dei claims to have 85,000 members worldwide but refuses to identify them unless they choose to self-identify, as NOM board member Luis Tellez freely does.”