In what seems to be its only California campaign contribution so far in the 2009-10 election cycle, the National Organization for Marriage – a Virginia-based organization that helped support and bankroll Proposition 8 of 2008, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – last week gave $5,000 to John Eastman’s campaign for state Attorney General.
Eastman, who stepped down as dean of the Chapman University School of Law in Orange in order to launch this campaign a few weeks ago, has been trying to tack to the right of his GOP primary rivals; he won the endorsement of the California Republican Assembly, the conservative grassroots arm of the party, this past weekend.
The “Issues and Philosophy” section of Eastman’s Web site says “California’s Attorney General has a constitutional duty and obligation to defend the people, including defending ballot measures passed by the people. Jerry Brown failed his constitutional duty when he not only refused to defend Proposition 8 (traditional marriage), but worked to help to overturn it. John Eastman would reverse this policy and defend Proposition 8 and other voter enacted measures when challenged.”
The campaign Web sites of Republican AG primary candidates state Senator Tom Harman and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley make little mention of marriage or Proposition 8. A Feb. 24 news release on Harman’s site takes Cooley to task for having “polished his liberal credentials by coming to current Attorney General Jerry Brown’s defense for entering the legal battle against traditional marriage,” but doesn’t explicitly describe Harman’s own views.
NOM describes itself as “a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.” Activists claim it’s essentially a front group passing through enormous sums of money from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon Church) to fight same-sex marriage from coast to coast.