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National Organization For Marriage Announces New Chairman of the Board Prof. John Eastman

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 22, 2011
Contact: Mary Beth Hutchins or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)


Washington, DC - The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced today that John Eastman, a distinguished Constitutional law scholar, is taking on the role of Chairman of the Board for NOM.

Dr. John Eastman is the former Dean of Chapman University Law School in California and is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm associated with the Claremont Institute. He has participated in over 50 cases in our nation's highest courts, including such landmark cases as the Pledge of Allegiance case, the Boy Scouts of America case, the Ohio school vouchers case, the Kelo case involving property takings, and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act case. Dr. Eastman is a former clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in government and political philosophy from Claremont Graduate School.

Brian Brown, President of NOM, stated, "John Eastman is one of America's foremost constitutional scholars and has distinguished himself as a fierce advocate for families and religious liberty. As a legal scholar, he has participated in dozens of cases before our nation's highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court. When important constitutional principles are on the line, people frequently turn to John Eastman to advocate a conservative, pro-family position. He will be a great asset to NOM."

John Eastman stated, "Marriage has quite correctly been described as a bedrock of civilization. Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue, and I'm honored to join such distinguished company on the Board of such a phenomenally effective organization as the National Organization for Marriage."

Maggie Gallagher, the previous Chairman of the Board, stated, "My original intention in co-founding the National Organization for Marriage was to launch a politically sophisticated national activist organization to fight for the views of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is and should remain the union of husband and wife. I think it's fair to say that NOM has been launched, and is now far more successful than even I dreamed (and I dreamed big!). I'm grateful to NOM's President Brian Brown for leading this organization, and the addition of an eminent public intellectual like John Eastman to the NOM team is a great sign as we move forward to the battles ahead."

"I will remain on the NOM board, and continue to work on specific projects for NOM, as well as taking on some additional outside projects I've long deferred, such as finishing my book Debating Same-Sex Marriage¬ł which I've been working on for Oxford University Press with Prof. John Corvino," Gallagher added.

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President, or John Eastman, Chairman of the Board of NOM, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins, [email protected], or Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], at 703-683-5004 ext. 105.

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27 Comments

  1. catholicdad
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    A job very, very, very well done, Maggie.

    May God prosper the work of NOM under the Chairmanship of Dr. Eastman.

    And with Brian in charge of the battle in the trenches, I would say we are shaping up to deliver a memorable string of victories in 2012 and beyond!

  2. Greg
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I think that advocating for a constitutional amendment to strip a minority of their civil rights precludes Eastman from being referred to as a "constitutional scholar".

  3. Donna
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    This is wonderful news. A successful constitutional lawyer is what NOM needs. This organization will continue to grow as more and more US Citizens wake up and see that their rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech are being threatened. May God bless your efforts, Dr. Eastman in defending marriage between a man and a woman, therefore defending the First Amendment.

  4. Jackson
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    One bigot for another...move along.

  5. Randy E King
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    There is no better testimony to the quality of leadership NOM provides than Jackson's intended slight.

    When you shine the light on the Devil the Devil screams.

  6. Barb
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    This is major news...congrats! Yes, indeed, NOM will continue to grow and gain momentum as more and more people wake up to the threats to our society from the marriage corruption movement.

  7. catholicdad
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Greg apparently defines "constitutional scholar" as:

    Any lawyer who supports Greg's marriage corruption anti-values.

    Well, that's par for the course..........

  8. M. Jones
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    A great man who can explain the procreative constitutional arguments for traditional marriage. A GOP landslide is coming in 2012. Thanks to NOM!

  9. leo
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    @ jack, are you saying that maggie is a bigot, please explain?

  10. Roberto
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Advocating a public policy that harms children is hardly something to be proud of. And to earn a living doing so is unspeakably evil.

  11. Little man
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Greg: You have to be yourself a Constitutional Scholar to strip the title from Dr. Eastman. What you think is therefore immaterial.

  12. Little man
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Roberto: So, if it is "unspeakably evil", then why are you mentioning it?

  13. Bruce
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    "Greg: You have to be yourself a Constitutional Scholar to strip the title from Dr. Eastman. What you think is therefore immaterial."

    Wouldn't this work both ways? If, indeed, Greg (who might be a constitutional scholar, for all I know) is unqualified to say Dr Eastman isn't one, what gives you the expertise to conrfirm that he is?

  14. TC Matthews
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I think NOM has done a great job in their choice of leaders. John Eastman is another good choice! Thanks for standing up for marriage and helping those of us who believe in marriage have a collected voice.

  15. David Dodson
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    You are fighting a losing battle. You dumped Maggie because she was losing your battle. You will dump Mr. Eastman in due course. The tide in America is against your cause. Most Americans believe in equality for ALL citizens. Your cause is doomed.

  16. Little man
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Bruce - I, Little man, hereby stand corrected :) Greg is probably a constitutional scholar, because he has seen through the contradiction of a US constitutional amendment to strip a minority of (all) their civil rights. How perceptive you are! No question about it, "scholar" is a lose term. It works both way. Again, you are completely right. Are you a genius? You certainly have great potential.

  17. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Roberto was, of course, referring to Planned Parenthood. NOM, of course, supports marriage between a man and a woman as the only public union which promotes responsible procreation and which guarantees a child the right to be raised by both a mother and a father.

    Wonderful that Mr. Eastman is on board.

  18. TC Matthews
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Seriously David, you crystal-ballers make me laugh every time.

  19. TC Matthews
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    "DOOOOOMMMMMM"

    queue spooky music....

    buahahahaha

  20. catholicdad
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Guy walks into a bar.

    He has lost thirty one consecutive fights to the guy sitting at the far end.

    First guy walks up, rolls up his sleeves, says:

    You are fighting a losing battle. Your cause is doomed."

    Now were I a betting man..........

  21. Louis E.
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Anyone who characterizes public policy furthering the necessary aim of reserving to opposite-sex relationships the preferential treatment to which their being opposite-sex entitles them as "stripping a minority of their civil rights" is NOT a constitutional scholar,regardless of what faculty position he may hold implying him to be such.No one who confuses standards of conduct with "bigotry" has credibility.

  22. bman
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Roberto: Advocating a public policy that harms children is hardly something to be proud of. And to earn a living doing so is unspeakably evil.

    Daughter of Eve: Roberto was, of course, referring to Planned Parenthood. NOM, of course, supports marriage between a man and a woman as the only public union which promotes responsible procreation and which guarantees a child the right to be raised by both a mother and a father.

    Great answer!

    Also, most can agree that a same same sex marriage law would naturally erode sexual morality in society, resulting in a more carnal and less moral society around all children.

    In turn, a less moral society would tend to increase high risk behaviors by children and around children, incline toward more single parent households with less marriage between men and women and children without the security of married parents on a continually increasing scale.

    In sum, a same sex marriage law would set up a slippery slope harmful to children on many different levels.

  23. Ash
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Glad to have Eastman on board! NOM is thriving :)

    TC Matthews: Seriously David, you crystal-ballers make me laugh every time.

    They make me laugh too, TC. I guess it's some kind of lame demoralization tactic. The reality is that if David's goals were fait accompli, he wouldn't feel the need to be here!

  24. Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Eastman is a brilliant lawyer.

    Samples of his work are here and and here .

  25. Thomas Aquinas
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Greg, how can it be "bigoted" to believe that marriage and our sexual powers have an intrinsic purpose that human beings may violate? After all, you believe that those who disagree with you don't use their cognitive powers properly. Thus, according to your reasoning, your own view is bigoted. Look, if by a sheer act of will--and few surgical procedures--you can pretend that a real woman is a man, why can't your opponents just claim that their ignorance is knowledge and your disrespect for their willfulness is just archaic, outdated, essentialism?

    Sadly, the sorts of hysterical name-calling that marks your movement reinforces the stereotype of the unbalanced, emotional, oversensitive, narcissistic gay male.

  26. Posted September 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to thank-you all for your kind wishes (who offered them). I have enormous confidence in the NOM team, and I will still be here, on the board and managing projects like MarriageADA.com to help!

  27. Dan
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Until now, Mainstream America has given and
    tolerated and given and tolerated until it hurts - and
    then some. In 2012, Mainstream America will...

    Just say "No" to the status quo!