Maggie And Brian’s Plan To Reverse NY Marriage In Just 4 Short Years

We’ve already taken a second to enjoy the sour gripings of our anti-equality foes. And while we made sure to include the National Organization for Marriage in that rotten apple barrel, little did we know that Margaret Srivastav and Brian Brown have hatched a not-so-secret plan to undo our precious New York equality—BWA-HA-HA-HA-HAAA!!! The only problem: their plan requires four years and lots of divine intervention.

Here’s the plan as laid out on their blog:

We’re putting together a 4-year campaign strategy that will reverse same-sex marriage in New York. We’ll have many more details, and ways for you to get involved, in the days ahead but the overall plan will have three phases:

Elect pro-marriage majorities next November that will approve a marriage amendment in both the Assembly and Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

Protect pro-marriage candidates in the 2014 elections, so that the amendment can receive final legislative approval in the 2015 legislative session.

Successfully pass the ballot measure when it goes before voters in November 2015.

A 4-year process seems like a long time—and it is—but it’s achievable. In New Hampshire and Iowa, they’ve had same-sex marriage for just 2 years, but are already well on the way to reversal. The key to success is electing legislative majorities who will answer to the people of their state, and not to special interests.

It reminds us of the Underpants Gnomes’ plan from South Park

PHASE 1: Collect Underpants.
PHASE 2: ?
PHASE 3: Profit

We’ll let Laurel Ramseyer at Pam’s House Blend explain why their plan will never work (unless David Tyree’s God helps them catch the proverbial football in their helmet):

Recall that the Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 80-63 and the Senate passed it by a vote of 33-29. To accomplish this mean-spirited plan, NOM would have to replace at least 18 pro-equality Assembly members and 3 pro-equality Senators (incumbents all) with anti-equality challengers, get a majority of both chambers to approve a proposed amendment, maintain the anti-equality majorities through another election, then get the majority of both chambers to vote anti-equality for a second time.

Then the question would go to the voters, who already overwhelmingly support marriage equality.

No wonder Brian Brown literally sat and cried when the Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act.

Did we mention that their little plan comes with the following plea to help raise $2 million?

Will you stand with us today? Your gift of $49, $99, or even $999 or more, will be the first step toward reclaiming New York from the special interests and backroom deals that resulted in same-sex marriage last Friday night.

That’s right! For only a thousand bucks you too can have… uhh… the sanctity of kids rotting in orphanages traditional marriage… or something.

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  • Rainfish

    A diet of sour grapes would do wonders for Maggie’s churlish figure.


    Word: CHURLISH

    Part of Speech: adjective

    Definition: crude, boorish


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  • Mike in Asheville

    Please Queerty and others, DON’T POINT OUT THE FLAWS!

    If we are lucky, Maggot actually believes this will work. (Alas, more likely, its just a feeble attempt to remain relevant and available for donations-salary.)

    Should NOM truly take up this plan, they will be soooo focused on New York, and spend several millions in the process. That would also mean, less focus where they can still do harm and no funds for fights elsewhere. That’s a good thing.

  • randy

    Obviously, this isn’t a plan, but a dream.

    I’m glad, though, because they will have to spend money defeating the four Republicans who voted in our favor. If they can’t defeat them, it sends a message that NOM has no teeth, and Republicans will abandon them in greater numbers in the future.

    At the same time, they will have to spend a lot of time and money to pass the ballot initiative in Minnesota. The next few years NOM will need A LOT of money and manpower. All to try to slow the inevitable. In just a few years, nearly every state will have a majority of people who support marriage equality.

  • robert in NYC

    The Koch brothers must have deep pockets. I bet they’re involved in funding this hate group. They tried it in Connecticut and it failed. Now to get some real dirt on Brian Brown.

  • AedanRoberts

    Wait. This is actually important: is New Hampshire, my home state, actually close to reversing gay marriage? I have heard absolutely nothing of the sort and am deeply disturbed by this. Does anyone have any links to proof of this?

    I need to know so I can press my family whovstill lives in NH to get out the vote and make a big stink. NH is the last place I thought religious zealots could invade.

  • Erich

    @AedanRoberts – NH just has a large Republican majority in the house and senate. They’ve decided to not focus on social issues however and have promised to not debate marriage equality this year. Even if they do decide to repeal it next year, Governor Lynch has promised to veto the move.

  • Joetx

    I wouldn’t dismiss them. A-holes like Brian Brown & Maggie Gallagher’s raison d’etre is to fight against our rights. We must be forever vigilant against their ilk. As CA & ME have shown, no victories are safe.

  • Michael

    Closeted gay man meet closeted gay women…

  • Jeffree

    BrianBrown & the Maggster each rake in close to 500K per annum. Talk about a sweet gig!

    They’ve had 8 years to undo marriage equality in Mass. & they’ve accomplished nothing.

    It’s time for them to start looking for a more winnable cause. Rumor has it that shrimp need more protection these days, so they need to get their CVs in order, get on a boat, glove up, & switch causes…..

  • James in Hollywood

    I get it, Maggie: Your anti-gay industry is dying and you need money. I know the New York victory was probably the toughest thing you’ve had to swallow recently, but jeez, lady…you’ve really got rocks in your head over this. Why not try to reverse things in Massachusetts while you’re at it? Or maybe get The Beatles back together?

  • tjr101

    The statistics are a bit off, NOM would only have to replace 9 pro-equality members of the State Assembly not 18. That however is still an uphill task as the Republicans couldn’t even win the Assembly in an election year where there was high disenchantment with the Democrats.

    Even while doing all of this, Cuomo most certainly will still be in the Governor’s mansion before 2016 (which by then I’m hoping he’ll be on his way to Washington). Besides, a lot more pro-equality young people will be coming of voting age to further expand the majority support in NY.

    Can someone please find the video of Brian Brown on his knees in the bushes somewhere? I know its out there!

  • Dallas David

    It’s part of a Republican jobs program — so they can keep their jobs and make their boat payments.

  • robert in NYC

    No. 5, perhaps this link might help. http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2011/01/22/29859.

    Its harder to overturn legislation passed by the legislature. Constitutional amendments are lengthy and very costly. In any event, there would need to be two thirds of the legislature to support such a measure and republicans would need democrats to succeed. That’s a tough order to fulfill, ditto in New York. Its going nowhere and they’re wasting their money. Sooner or later, NOM’s financial backers will realize it’s a losing proposition. How much more can they fund an orgnization that continues to lose? If they were that good, they would have been successful last friday in New York.

  • TMikel

    From their photos, Margaret Srivastav and Brian Brown certainly look like fun lunch dates, don’t they. She looks wasted and he looks as if he is one temper tantrum away from a stroke or heart attack. For the record, marriage equality will stand in Iowa and New Hampshire and will return to California. As more and more people realize that marriage equality is a good things, these Neanderthals [and we all know what happened to the Neanderthals] will pass and fade away. Their plan is ludicrous in the extreme and obviously is a plea for money.

  • iDavid

    Wow, Big brute Brian Brown actually wept when NY passed gay marriage. Either the lights went on that it’s over, or someone toe tapped him in the bathroom and he’s gushing cuz someone actually found him attractive. Most likely the latter.

  • Ruhlmann

    @AedanRoberts: Where there’s a church there’s trouble.

  • Scott Coffin

    Should point out that Iowa’s is not “already well on the way” to being overturned. Unless I missed something about Senate Leader Gronstal actually bringing it up for a vote. The Iowa House DID pass a resolution, however the Senate has not discussed it, let alone voted on it.

    It will be 2013 before the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate, and therefore, before the resolution would come up. After that it would need to pass BOTH houses again in the next session before it could be put before the voters.

    I believe, but am not sure that the EARLIEST it could be put on the ballot as an amendment issue would be 2016.

    By then, even my very Lutheran and very Catholic relatives will have seen it NOT end the world, let alone their own marriages.

  • drewa24

    Oh Maggie, let’s set aside the politics and the moral atrocities being committed for a few moments and really try to understand the depths of your despair and anguish. Despite the untimely death of Jean Bice, president and creative director and all-around beam of light, QUAKER FACTORY will always carry 4x, rhinestone and plastic pearl, cotton/poly blend, holiday themed sports wear.For a preview, please visit their website, or QVC or HSN or…fuck it, you’ll find em.
    In addition, while I will never contribute to your Fucked up Faith=Family’s Fucked up Hillbilly organization, I would be happy to send you $14.00 for a Fantastic Sam’s haircut and blow-out. Please tip your beauty operator.
    Brian, stop clenching down when your trick is entering you, relax and let the head pop in then it’s smooth sailing, just a little advise from a vers/top to a pig bottom.

    God bless

  • iDavid


    Is there any way to substantiate the comment you made regarding salaries being $500k? Pams Blend had IRS data stating Maggie took in 42% of the profits in 2007 for herself at $125k, but cannot find data after that.


    This really isn’t a forum for personal advertising and seems a bit selfish/arrogant that you are using it as such. This sight is about the gay cultural movement ala world events, not about building your own personal check book.

  • robert in NYC

    No. 19, Mrs. Srivastava (Gallagher, who hates being called by her married name) is a shill for the roman cult though she’ll never admit it. I wouldn’t mind betting there’s a lot more dirt on her and that other scumbag Brown who sounds like a screamer to me. My gaydar reacts whenever he opens his queeny mouth. I’m sure he has a few skeletons in his dark closet too.

  • Jeffree

    Where does NOM get its ca$h? Interesting post from AlanColmes on his blôg: NOM’s under investigation for “môney laundering” by Maine’s Attorney General and the Ethics Commission.

    NOM hasn’t revealed the source of $1.9 MM they used to help overturn SSM in Maine in Nov. 2009. They’re apparently required to do so under ME’s regs.

    I’m not yet sure on the status of the investigation, but it’s clear that NOM feels they’re above the law in at least one state.

  • robert in NYC

    No. 23, Jeffree, probably the roman cult and its afffiliates, as well as other religious cults and right wing groups, probably some from our own community.

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