Raising nearly $14.5 million in contributions in 2012, NOM reported spending nearly $16.5 million during the year. The group unsuccessfully fought three marriage equality ballot measures and one state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from marriage in November 2012.
A new report reveals that the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown visited Russia to spur passage of the gay adoption ban, while the World Congress of Families tried to take credit for the cancelation of Belgrade Pride.
Opponents of gay rights spoke to a nearly empty room, while supporters had a standing room–only crowd. “We cannot be at war with America on issues of fairness, on issues of equality,” conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin says.
“A marriage win in France will undoubtedly be noticed by the Supreme Court as it hears two critical marriage cases in March,” one American LGBT advocate says.
Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage was somewhat confident this past Friday about the four ballot measure dealing with gay couples’ marriage rights. He was picking up the pieces on Wednesday, after a clean sweep of losses for his cause.
Marriage is on the ballot in four states Tuesday, but that’s just the beginning. “This is never over,” says Brian Brown.
UPDATED: Senior campaign adviser Bay Buchanan said last week that the candidate supports states’ choices. This afternoon, though, she told BuzzFeed he still supports the amendment proposal.
Dan Savage, writer of the Savage Love column and creator of anti-bullying campaign “It Gets Better,” and Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage met at Savage’s home in Seattle for dinner and a debate over same-sex marriage and the Bible. [Ed. note: This is, like, an hour long, but it’s well worth skipping around to hear these two face off.]