06/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gallagher Steps Down As National Organization For Marriage President

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Maggie Gallagher, the outspoken founder of the National Organization for Marriage, has stepped down as president of the group that has helped lead the fight against same-sex marriage for the last three years.

Brian Brown, the group's executive director, was chosen by its board to become president as of Monday (April 19), Gallagher announced on the organization's blog.

Brown helped open the group's Washington office earlier this year but previously lived in California as NOM led the fight to pass Proposition 8, which amended that state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Before joining NOM, Brown was the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut.

"This move is in part a recognition of Brian Brown's incredible record of achievement for the past three years in shepherding NOM's growth, and in part a recognition of the increasing political profile we hope to build for NOM in 2010 and beyond," said Gallagher.

Gallagher was unavailable for further comment, but said in her statement she intends to remain on the group's executive committee, work on NOM projects and co-author a book on the same-sex marriage debate.

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