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07/28/2014

NOM to show rest of world its impressive ability to exacerbate loss

by Jeremy Hooper

201407282146Back in the spring of 2013, I first told you about the National Organization For Marriage's burgeoning plans to start a global version of their failed American enterprise, which they are planning to called the International Organization For Marriage. Earlier this year, I also first revealed NOM's associations with CitizenGo, a sort of anti-gay version of MoveOn.org. But while I haven't heard much about either effort since those initial reports, Buzzfeed's J. Lester Feder reveals that NOM's global plans are still very well underway:

CitizenGo was conceived of as a kind of MoveOn.org for conservatives. It was based in Spain, but it had aspirations to be a global platform and now has staff working in eight languages, with plans to add Chinese and Arabic. It has an organizer in the U.S., too, named Gregory Mertz, who works out of the Washington offices of the National Organization for Marriage
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Today, American ties seem much more about a shared vision to build a global conservative movement rather than leaning on stronger and wealthier U.S. partners for support. [Ignacio] Arsuaga, [Luca] Volontè, and La Manif Pour Tous President Ludovine de La Rochère were all in Washington on June 19 to support the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage. Their more important business, however, might have been in a closed-door summit the next day, where representatives of around 70 countries met to discuss creation of an International Organization for Marriage, according to Volontè and another participant. A follow-up meeting is planned for next year.
FULL REPORT: The Rise Of Europe’s Religious Right [Buzzfeed]

What the hell is the sales pitch? "We are the organization that came into this fight when America had one marriage equality state and not federal rights for same-sex couples. Now there are nineteen states, the nation's capital, full federal recognition, a President who was handily re-elected after he came out for marriage equality, a new pro-equality court ruling every day, and consistent polling showing an ever-growing majority of citizens who oppose the NOM agenda. But trust us—get got this!"

"Oh we totally trust you," reply all of the international LGBT rights activists who are waiting for NOM to futz up their countries' resistance movements the same way NOM's embarrassed the conservative movement here in the states.

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