Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), is a driving force behind one of most effective pro-marriage organizations in the country.
And, this summer, she is taking that drive – literally – around the country.
1. You have embarked on a month-long “Summer for Marriage” bus tour, traveling to key cities around the country. Can you please share with our readers more about this tour, where you have been and which cities remain on your schedule?
Our tour will take us to 23 cities in 19 different states. We planned this because we recognize that with two activist decisions coming from federal judges – one in Boston and the other one likely from California – we needed to identify and mobilize our supporters and make sure that people who care about marriage understand that they’re not alone.
2. What do you hope to accomplish and why were these locations selected?
We want to get out the message that Americans need to defend and protect marriage. People do not realize that the activist judge in San Francisco actually threatens marriage amendments in other states.
The battle for marriage is often unique to each state. On the East coast, for example, we need to block same-sex marriage. In other places, we need to take back territory by overturning same-sex marriage laws.
And, there states – like Indiana and Pennsylvania – that are trying to pass marriage amendments; so, we’re trying to help them out there.
We must get the word out that this fight is not over. Together we can fight for marriage –and we can win.
In what ways has this tour challenged you? Motivated you? Changed you?
What’s really sad to me is how enormously hateful the protesters have been. They have gone over the line, threatening to kidnap people’s kids.
Hate is not a family value.
Americans who came together across lines of race, creed, and color to protect marriage as one man and one woman are not haters.
Gay activists treat Americans who disagree with them about same-sex marriage like bigots.
They want to use the law to suppress and marginalize and stigmatize.
It’s just shameful and wrong for these activists to try and portray good Americans in that way.
That’s why the hatred…the harassment…the attempts to bully have actually created a huge echo chamber of people flocking to the National Organization for Marriage.
We’re finding it exhilarating to be out with so many good people willing to stand up for marriage.
We know it takes courage to stand for marriage – and we are thankful to be meeting them face-to-face.
3. Gay activists have filed numerous legal challenges to redefine marriage. Just today, a suit was filed in Montana to give same-sex couples domestic partner benefits. What do you think about this case and the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?
In terms of DOMA, I think it’s a total sham.
I think it’s an outrageous ruling that’s the result of collusive litigation
The judge’s ruling that Congress has no right to define marriage at the federal level is very unsophisticated and intellectually absurd.
Same-sex marriage advocates – having lost in the court of public opinion and having lost in the California Supreme Court – are now in federal court claiming that the Constitution of the United States requires the recognition of same-sex marriage.
The Obama Administration has deliberately undercut the sense of DOMA – both by commission and omission. The information that it provided was absurd, in terms of the defense.
If the Supreme Court upholds the “unequal protection” challenge to the federal statute, then it’s only a matter of time – and another round in court – before same-sex marriage will be deemed a “constitutional right.”
As for the Montana case, the American Civil Liberties Union has a new legal strategy they seem to be trying out.
They are targeting states that have limited marriage amendments and seek out “friendly” judges to rule in their favor – regardless of whether the people support their efforts.
Nevertheless, I am optimistic that the Supreme Court will not uphold these bad precedents.
4. What do you see happening after this election cycle?
Three years ago, NOM didn’t exist.
The marriage issue has caused us to grow at such incredible rate. We have close to 40,000 donors, 700,000 activists and raised close to 10 million a year – all because Americans recognize the importance of marriage.
We’re showing that we can use the marriage issue to defeat politicians. There’s no state in the union where people support same-sex marriage.
After this election cycle, we hope to take back territory and have a much more friendly leadership for exploring how same-sex marriage is interfering with the core civil rights of Americans.
And, we do need to rebuild support for our federal marriage amendment.
5. How can CitizenLink readers do to help defend marriage?
Marriage is the tip of the spear.
We’re now seeing a colorful movement attempting to ground the law into a lie about human nature.
Two men in a union do not equal a marriage.
If the government embraces and uses the power of the law to enforce this lie, the result will not only be the disintegration of our public culture of marriage and the suffering of children, but it will also result in a permanent second-class status for Christians and people of other traditional faiths.
People of faith will increasingly be treated like racists or bigots in the public square; not only by public opinion, but by the law.
We need to stand up for marriage and communicate that ‘We’re here. We’re not going away. We’re going to stand up for what’s right. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right.’
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