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How the National Organization for Marriage Was Banished to the Basement at CPAC 2014

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

This year at CPAC there was no panel focused on the evils of gay marriage. NOM did have a small table in the basement of the hotel with the other exhibitors, though nothing as grand as the massive, expensive booths and tents of the gun-rights groups or the anti-tax activists.

Arizona and Uganda: How the Same Groups Spread the Same Hate Around the Globe

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While we're hopefully beating back this law in Arizona, with anti-gay forces claiming it's about religious freedom and not about discrimination, keep in mind that their goal is to see homosexuality criminalized and punished around the world.

Exporting Hate: When Anti-Gay Activists' Efforts Fall on Deaf Ears at Home

Padraig McCoid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Padraig McCoid

Gay people in the U.S. can find comfort in knowing we are fast approaching equal rights in our country. The danger that international gay people face, however, is that our anti-gay activist losers are providing the rhetorical fuel to ignite more animus toward the LGBT community.

What the National Organization for Marriage's Shift to Trans-Bashing Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Today, with Hawaii on the verge of becoming the 16th state to pass marriage equality, and with gays much more visible, conservative ideologues are having a harder time raising money around the marriage issue. Enter transgender rights, the newest potential cash cow for the extremist right.

Halloween Horrors: The Ghost of Prop 8 Returns...

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I was able to spot two small, simple signs: "Stop Co-Ed Showers in Schools" and "No Opposite Sex in School Bathrooms." I realized that the hordes of tourists were waiting for their chance to add signatures to the growing petition to topple California's new law protecting transgender students.

Values Voter Summit: Has GOP Homophobia Been Shoved Into the Closet?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Since its inception in 2006, the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, has never failed to deliver when it comes to anti-LGBT bile hurled during prime-time events by Republican presidential contenders. But this year's conference seemed a bit different.

Prop. 8 Players Now Turn Attention To Repealing California's Transgender Law

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or g...

Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet: 'I Have Never Been a Right-Winger'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.

'Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?!' NOM Continues to Peddle Hysteria

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continue to claim that children with gay parents suffer severe emotional and mental abuse, even going so far as to argue that they are more likely to become child molesters than children raised by heterosexual parents.

What Went Wrong for the 'Ex-Gays' in New Jersey?

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although the religious right is a determined group, at some point they must show actual human beings who succeeded through "self-determination" at becoming heterosexual. Until then, they might as well be defending the right of a goat to become a unicorn.

More Bad News for the National Organization for Marriage (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

In Iowa, NOM conducted a (partially failed) campaign to replace all the justices on the state Supreme Court. Despite raising money for the effort, they haven't disclosed their donors. And now the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board has voted unanimously to investigate.

Defining 'Traditional Marriage,' Not Redefining It

Sarah Prager | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah Prager

How terms like "traditional marriage" and "redefining marriage" are so consistently misused is outrageous and an outrage, so it's time for a history lesson. What I'm going to say has been said before by others, but not nearly enough.

Conservative Groups Testifying Over Alleged Mistreatment

Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER AND ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Conservative groups who were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service are ...

Flavor Bombs: The Ultimate Flavor Enhancer

Jeffrey de Picciotto | Posted 07.22.2013 | Taste
Jeffrey de Picciotto

No MSG allowed.

National Organization for Marriage Takes On the IRS: Whom Are They Trying to Protect?

Fred Karger | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Fred Karger

In 2007 and 2008, its first two years of existence, NOM never bothered to file any tax returns with the IRS. Each subsequent year, NOM has either been late or filed at least two extensions on its tax returns. This is illegal if you are a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization like NOM.

In Maine, The National Organization For Marriage Fights For Its Own Survival As Marriage Equality Reigns

Darrin Hurwitz | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Darrin Hurwitz

At stake last week before Maine's highest court was nothing less than NOM's fundamental mission: its multi-year effort to secretly and illegally funnel contributions from a few large unnamed donors to political causes across the country.

Outside the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rally, What's in a Name?

Jennifer Vanasco | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Vanasco

Today, standing outside the Supreme Court on this historic day, the first day that the Court heard oral arguments on a gay marriage case, one thing became clear: We are winning.

Will Anti-Gay NOM Be This Band's Yoko Ono?

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Scythian's Alexander Fedoryka, Danylo Fedoryka and Ben-David Warner apparently have no problem aligning themselves with the hate group, while Andrew Toy and Josef Crosby apparently don't want any part of the bigoted goings-on.

National Organization for Marriage: Adoption Is a "Second-Best" Option

John Becker | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

John Eastman, chairman of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, shockingly and patronizingly denigrated adoption in an interview with the Associated Press, calling it the "second-best option" for families.

Group Uses Tyler Clementi's Suicide To Tout Anti-Gay Agenda

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.05.2013 | Gay Voices

During a recent college appearance, a spokeswoman for a pro-marriage conservative group used Tyler Clementi's suicide to promote an anti-gay agenda. ...

Anti-Gay Groups Criticize Obama's Inauguration Speech Supporting LGBT Equality

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.22.2013 | Gay Voices

In the wake of President Barack Obama's precedent-setting call for LGBT equality Monday, anti-gay groups have been quick to dismiss the administration...

What The Money Gap In The 2012 Marriage Ballot Measures Means For The Future Of LGBT Equality

Darrin Hurwitz | Posted 02.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Darrin Hurwitz

By publicly raising the issue of the money gap, NOM's Brian Brown may have inadvertently touched on a new and significant development in the fight for LGBT equality: a steadily decreasing appetite among the right wing, especially among small donors, to support anti-LGBT initiatives.

A Bizarre Anti-Gay 'Thanksgiving Message' For Students

Posted 11.26.2012 | Gay Voices

An anti-gay pundit's bizarre "Thanksgiving message" is making the blogosphere rounds. Recalling the story of a Catholic resident assistant (RA) at...

Michelangelo Signorile

Anti-Gay Pastor Makes Shocking Claim About Washington's Marriage Equality Win

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices

"I said to [the National Organization for Marriage], 'You think I’m controversial because I don’t look white,'” Ken Hutcherson, senior pastor of...

Bigotry Without Borders

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Montgomery

NOM's claims that it will globalize its war against marriage equality may be more bluster than reality. But even if it's just rhetoric, it says something brutally revealing about the character of Brian Brown and his colleagues at NOM.