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WATCH: NOM Thinks It Has a Future (At Least Until 2016)

WATCH: NOM Thinks It Has a Future (At Least Until 2016)


Despite mounting debt, NOM predicts it will exist for at least one more year.

The National Organization for Marriage's debt is rising into the millions, its supporters are growing wary of donating money, and its ability to draw a crowd has diminished to the point that organizers have to resort to exaggerated headcounts. But NOM isn't out of the game yet -- or at least, it's not yet willing to admit as much.

In a blog post last week, NOM hinted that it's operating under the assumption that the group will continue to exist at least into the coming presidential election cycle. That post detailed the group's goals for the next year or two, including pushing Indiana-style "license to discriminate" laws veiled as "religious freedom," lobbying for a constitutional marriage ban, and pressuring presidential candidates to speak up against the freedom to marry.

Of course, all of the Republican presidential hopefuls oppose marriage equality anyway, so NOM can't accurately claim credit for getting them to offer homophobic remarks. A constitutional marriage ban, much to Ted Cruz's chagrin, is simply a non-starter. Support for such an amendment was tepid a decade ago. And now, with a majority of Americans supporting the freedom to marry, there is absolutely no chance of such an amendment passing.

Although it isn't mentioned in the blog post, NOM could also be planning to spend money on overseas initiatives. The organization was involved in antigay protests in France, and has been active in Russia as well.

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