Here’s the background: last week, Mexico saw some huge rallies by homophobic groups, protesting plans to legalize marriage equality across the country. NOM cheered for that news, even though the “national” in their name does not, in fact, refer to that nation. They claimed that 1.2 million people protested marriage equality (reporters on the ground said the number was more like “tens of thousands”).
And so NOM president Brian Brown decided to stage a show of support at the Mexican embassy in Washington, DC. Alas, he must’ve forgotten to send out the invitations, because at one point there were only five people standing around. A bit later the numbers had swelled to a tremendous eleven whole people.
“Our gathering will feature some notable Hispanic and Latino pro-family leaders,” Brian Brown wrote in advance of the failed protest. “Please come and join us, and bring your phone to take photos and spread the word about these historic happenings on social media!”
Unfortunately for NOM, people did indeed bring their phones. Photos from the event show multiple sleeping children, a line of five people holding “TODOS tenemos Mama y Papa” signs.
“We stand with Mexican families in support of our freedom and our right as parents to decide about the education of our children according to our convictions and principles,” said NOM staffer Diego von Stauffenberg at the rally — is this NOM’s idea of “notable Hispanic and Latino pro-family leaders”? Diego is NOM’s director of development, which is another way of saying that he’s in charge of bringing in money. Good luck with that.
NOM’s support has just about completely evaporated following the Supreme Court’s legalization of marriage equality. A summer pledge drive was a colossal flop for the group, with Brian Brown referring to his own fundraising efforts as “pathetic.” There’s no hope of the group reversing the tide of marriage equality here in the US, which is why they’ve increasingly turned their attention to anti-trans animus (many of the organization’s messages are about the “threat” of trans people in bathrooms) and international homophobia.
Of course, that mission-drift is a bit at odds with their very name. Meddling in other countries isn’t “national,” and harassing trans people has nothing to do with “marriage.” Whether the group can even be considered an “organization” at this point is up for debate. But whatever you say about them, the word “for” definitely still applies. If nothing else, they’ll always be “for.”
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