WASHINGTON -- The anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has ousted Maggie Gallagher as chairman of the board and named college professor John C. Eastman in her place.
Californians will recognize Eastman for his failed campaign to be elected state Attorney General in 2010. He finished second in a three-man race in the Republican primary and did not qualify for the general election. Eastman also lost a 1990 bid for Congress from California's 34th District.
Eastman, 51, is a professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif.
He is also director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, affiliated with the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank based in Claremont, Calif.
Eastman has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995 and a Ph.D. in government from Claremont Graduate School. He got his B.A. in politics and economics from the Catholic-affiliated University of Dallas.
After law school, Eastman clerked for ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Brian Brown, president of NOM, hailed Eastman's appointment as chairman.
"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," Brown said.
In a NOM statement, Eastman quickly showed that he was anti-gay and against marriage equality.
"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," Eastman said.
Gay rights advocates and their allies did not react immediately to the news.
Gallagher crowed about her accomplishments at NOM.
"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," she said.
"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," Gallagher added.
"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¸ which I've been working on for Oxford University Press with Prof. John Corvino."
How to reach John C. Eastman
Phone: (714) 628-2587