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01/28/2013

NOM admits its fears: This year's equality gains send national signals

by Jeremy Hooper

In a recent email blast regarding the possibility of marriage equality coming to Wyoming, the National Organization For Marriage unleashed an uncharacteristic moment of candor.  NOM wrote:

Makes sense. NOM should be concerned.  Those of us on the pro-equality side have several states on the horizon where victory, when coupled with our historic wins at the November polls, will undoubtedly send "[good] signals" to the entire nation.  We are soon to cross the ten state threshhold, which is a big development just in terms of the psychology surrounding the conversation.  Oh, and let's not forget about that amazing inaugural address where the handily re-elected President of the United States voiced support of full equality.  That was fun (for us).   

For years, NOM was smugly comfortable with its ability to pass marriage amendments, to beat back equality bills, and to prevail at state referendums.  But now, their "wins" are few and far between.  And unlike us, NOM doesn't really have a state that is currently on the cusp of what they view as a gain.  The 2013 version of NOM is very stagnant, here at a time when the pro-equality movement is practically dancing.

This all being the case, I'm not at all surprised to hear that NOM has reason to be concerned about its own sustainability, since predicting NOM's inevitable decline has long been a popular pastime within equality activist circles.  I'm just surprised to hear the concern coming directly from NOM.  It's refreshing, in a way.

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