Picking Losers

Maggie Gallagher Diversifies By Taking Up Conversion Therapy Cause

With the writing on the wall for opponents of marriage equality, what could possible be next? For Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, it’s gay conversion therapy. Gallagher is flogging her support for a Jewish group locked in a legal battle over its promotion of reparative therapy. The group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), has been named defendant in a consumer fraud lawsuit filed against it by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC contends that JONAH sold a bill of goods to four young men and two of their parents to fix something that wasn’t broken.

Gallagher is chair of the Freedom of Conscience Defense, a legal group formed last year. In a column in the National Review Online, the right-wing zoo where the animals roam free, Gallagher complains that the lawyer representing JONAH, Chuck Limandri, is battling a “massive legal machine to defend the right of Jewish gay people to seek help.”

Because of NOM’s shrinking revenue, it’s not surprising that Gallagher is looking for new sources of income. The only question is why she picked a cause that is even a bigger loser than the one before.