National Organization For Marriage Claims ‘We Are Not Defeated,’ Ignoring Reality

NOM's Brian Brown crying after New York passed marriage equality in 2011.

It’s impossible to examine yesterday’s incredible victories as anything but confirmation that votes have finally caught up with polls and a majority of Americans now supports marriage equality. That is, of course, except for the National Organization for Marriage — the chief opponents of equality — who woke up today as convinced as ever that nothing is changing among public sentiment. Here is how NOM President Brian Brown responsed today:

BROWN: Despite the fact that NOM was able to contribute a record amount to the campaigns (over $5.5 million), we were still heavily outspent, by a margin of at least four-to-one. We were fighting the entirety of the political establishment in most of the states, including sitting governors in three of the states who campaigned heavily for gay marriage. Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay marriage, but that is not the case. Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these very liberal states.

Brown’s response is fairly insulting to voters, insinuating that money alone can change hearts and minds. As Nathaniel Frank points out today, these marriage equality victories reflect a successful new campaign approach to help straight voters better understand how to relate to their gay friends, family, and neighbors. In contrast, NOM relied on its traditional scare tactics, which newspapers across the country vehemently debunked and decried. NOM is not just on the losing side of a money fight, but of an ideas fight too.

NOM will likely never give up on its anti-gay principles, but every day it stands by them is another day it is out of touch with reality. If four public votes, many huge corporations, and several prominent political leaders are not evidence enough to convince NOM that it’s on the wrong side of history, nothing will.