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The HRC has filed a formal complaint with the IRS against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for violating federal law by refusing to disclose their 2014 Form 990s. Following their November 16 deadline, NOM is required by law to provide a copy of the organization’s Form 990s for the previous fiscal year on the same day any in-person request is made. For the third year in a row, HRC has made such a request at NOM offices and the organization has failed to comply, prompting HRC to file a complaint with the IRS in order to compel the disclosure of the documents.
According to analysis of the organization’s 2013 tax filings done by HRC, NOM raised $5.1 million in 2013, dropping by over 50% since 2012. Just 2 donors accounted for more than half of the organization’s funding – further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda. In addition, the NOM Education Fund also showed a decrease of nearly $3.5 million in funding—a drop of almost 70% since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt.
Last year, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted unanimously to impose record civil penalties against NOM totaling $50,250. The Commission also directed NOM to file disclosure reports after a four-year investigation exposed “a significant violation of law” by the national anti-LGBT organization. The penalties were the largest ever imposed for a campaign finance violation in Maine history.
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The National Organization for Marriage announced the formation of a new Super PAC to campaign against US Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), and to oppose other Republican candidates who, in their words, “abandon support for marriage,” according to a press release from the bigoted organization. “The National Organization for Marriage Victory Fund will spend $200,000 this week in just the North Carolina and Arkansas Senate contests,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM. “Today we’re announcing the launch of a powerful new television ad that puts marriage front and center in the race, contrasting the leadership of Thom Tillis in getting the North Carolina marriage amendment on the ballot with Kay Hagan’s opposition to it. Moreover, Hagan was the person who hand-picked the federal judge who invalidated the North Carolina marriage amendment without so much as giving voters a day in court.”
Let’s fight back against this hate-fueled political donation. Click here to donate to Hagen’s campaign and click here to donate to Pryor’s.
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The United States Supreme Court has refused to block gay and lesbian marriages in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether the National Organization for Marriage can intervene in the case. The hate-group NOM is currently trying to overturn a ruling by US District Judge Michael McShane that called Oregon’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The organization filed a request to Justice Anthony Kennedy, but the Supreme Court denied the request, without giving any comment. [AP]
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Gay geeks assemble! Geeks Out, an LGBT self-proclaimed geek community, has plans to boycott the movie-based-on-a-book Enders Game because of the book’s author’s anti-gay beliefs. The author of the best-selling, science-fiction book, Orson Scott Card, may have not been involved in the production of the film, but LGBT moviegoers are still planning on holding onto their money when the film’s released as they believe the writer’s comments must have consequences. Card, who is a member of the anti-gay NOM also made headlines for his interview with Salon in which he said: “I find the comparison between civil rights based on race and supposed new rights being granted for what amounts to deviant behavior to be really kind of ridiculous. There is no comparison. A black as a person does not by being black harm anyone. Gay rights is a collective delusion that’s being attempted.” While Card’s only contribution to the movie was writing the original book, Geeks Out argues that any money given to the movie will directly line the pockets of Card, and if the movie is a success it will spur a franchise that will ultimately make the anti-gay writer wealthier. The boycott website launched reads: “Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”
Pledge to not see the movie here.
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The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, took a stand against shareholders who were didn’t appreciate the company’s open stand for marriage equality. If you remember, Starbucks made their position for gay and lesbian marriage in Washington State very public before the November 2012 election, and the company’s position made them a target for boycott. NOM launched a Dump Starbucks campaign to get its hate-mongers to stop buying the Seattle-based grind. “In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings—shall we say politely—were a bit disappointing,” Schultz told shareholders. For Schultz, though, the decision to back gay marriage, thus supporting diversity and equality, outweighed the company’s share’s value.
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” he said, to loud applause from the audience. [KPLU]
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In a shocking new study by the Human Rights Campaign, NOM Exposed, it has been revealed that the Catholic Church, in conjunction with its affiliate, The Knights of Columbus, have spent around $1.1 million to stop marriage equality in the United States. These funds equate to around 60 percent of all of the money being used to defeat marriage equality in the four states of Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and Maine this November.
While the Catholic Church has historically denounced gay rights and gay marriage, this report is particularly exposing, as it notes that much of these funds are in fact money intended for schools and soup kitchens, but instead the money is being used to stop same-sex marriage. It is widely suspected that Catholic parishioners have been unaware of the movement of these funds, as a recent study noted sixty percent of registered Catholics to be in favor of marriage equality, and an even further 83 percent admit that they do not feel the need to vote in accordance with political agendas preached by their bishops.
Luckily, support for marriage equality continues to receive hefty attention and support across the nation. More information about how you can help can be found at The Four 2012.
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At this rate it seems like supporters of the National Organization for Marriage won’t be able to drink coffee (ie: Dump Starbucks), eat cereal (ie: Dump General Mills), or sign up for unlimited nationwide 4G data (ie: dump T-Mobile). That’s right, the infamously awful NOM has officially launched yet another campaign against a company that supports the approval of Referendum 74 in Washington that would grant marriage equality. Last month, T-Mobile donated $25,000 to support gay and lesbian marriage.
The NOM petition is hosted on ActRight, a fundraising service run by NOM president Brian Brown. They should also stop buying or using products from Alcoa, Amazon, Rei, Google, Micrsoft, Nike, and Vulcan, who have all given their support for marriage equality in Washington.
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While many of the major gay rights campaigns (from bullying to same-sex marriage) have included some major celebrity backings, NOM is hoping to launch similar campaigns.
Strategy documents uncovered yesterday from the nation’s most prominent anti-gay marriage group, the National Organization for Marriage, reveal a novel approach to convincing Americans to vote against marriage equality: recruit glamorous but unintelligent celebrities. (p.19/20)
“Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity – the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non-cognitive elites across national boundaries. (This is applying the Witherspoon and IAV model to non-intellectual elites.)” (emphasis added)
Media including the New York Times today have been covering NOM’s active interest in “fanning the hostility” (p.12) between the LGBT community and the Black and Latino communities. Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond today called NOM’s tactics “reprehensible.”
“Celebrity or not and ‘cognitive’ or not, given how cynically NOM views its supporters, who would want to stand with them and support their agenda?” said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs and Communications.
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If marriage equality is past in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie still is undecided as to whether he would veto it. In the past, Christie said he would veto the bill if it ever came to his desk, but now has said that if he “is forced to make a decision, he will make a decision.” Which may give the gay and lesbian community a little hope that his stance has changed.
The people of New Jersey seem to have their minds made up based on a Quinnipiac University poll that shows support for gay and lesbian marriage is over the 50 percent mark for the first time. [TL]
Read more after the jump…
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While lawmakers in New Jersey are quickly moving forward with marriage-equality legislation, the National Organization for Marriage isn’t going to let equality happen in the Garden State without a fight. The famously bigoted organization has announced via a press release that they will donate $500,000 to prevent this measure from being passed. Check out what they have to say after the jump…