Earlier today, the National Organization for Marriage admitted that it lost its various fights, but that it still believed it had a winning case to make. It followed up this afternoon with a message to its supporters that included some new language — namely, that its entire crusade against same-sex marriage is based on religious ideas:
But make no mistake: we are disappointed, but we are not defeated! We are fighting for a true and just cause—God’s institution of marriage. This is a social compact that is not only ordained by the Almighty, it has served society very well. It’s a cause worth fighting and with your support we will continue to do just that. […]
Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it. Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback. There is much work to do. With your continued support and with faith in God, we begin that process now.
NOM used to distinguish itself from more obviously “Christian”-affiliated groups like the Family Research Council by not using religious rhetoric. Instead, NOM claimed it was protecting “traditional marriage,” and argued that same-sex marriage would somehow negatively impact children, fidelity, and the “institution” of marriage. In this low moment, the organization has made clear that those arguments are all spin and that its true goal is to impose one set of religious values upon the entire country. This isn’t a surprising reality, but it is a notable admission.