If you follow the National Organization for Marriage on social networks or its website, then this morning you, like many others, might've actually thought the anti-gay group had a change of heart and came around to espouse the values of Christianity for once.
Not too fast, young friend!
Instead, NOM was hacked—and it was hilarious. Details follow.
Starting at the crack of dawn on Wednesday, NOM began issuing uncharacteristic tweets that baby Jesus himself would finally approve of.
"Yes creating a wedge between the black community and #lgbt was wrong. We vow to work on how we address our opponents in the future."
"We were embarrassed by the truth of our racial wedge strategies being made public. So this is a gesture of our good faith to turn things around."
The hacked NOM then unblocked all previously banned followers of its social networks.
"We sincerely apologize to anyone we have banned from this page in the past. That is why anyone who was ever banned for simply exercising their right to free speech is now welcome to once again engage with this page. We vow to work on how we address our opponents in the future."
NOM's website was also down during the *ahem* unsurprising attack. Visitors attempting to find out which homophobic foreign country NOM was taking its Starbucks boycott to next were met with this message: "Down for maintenance. We'll be back up soon. Thank you."
Shortly after the anti-gay group's website was taken offline, a tweet absolutely convincing others that NOM had been hacked was posted. "We're not down for maintenance as the blog says. There's a mutiny taking place here on K Street. The New NOM supports #marriageequality."
But the most hilarious extension of the attack came from a message "posted by Brian Brown." Wrote "Brown":
Friends of marriage, In the last couple of weeks you've heard some pretty bad things about this organization. I must admit that we were angered when our in house documents were released but we've since had time to reflect on the strategies we've employed to divide Americans against each other on the issue of marriage. Truth be told, marriage is about bringing people together, not pushing them apart and that's exactly what this organization has been about over the past few years.
Aside from that on an unrelated matter, we've stifled free speech on our social media online properties. We're rectifying that this morning by removing the bans on the hundreds and hundreds of our opponents our staff imposed. We want to encourage an open and fair discussion about marriage and that can only happen if we welcome our outspoken opponents back into the dialogue. We apologize for our transgressions. We're turning over a new leaf with constitutional and civil rights as our primary focus going forward. We hope you will stand with us as we turn things around for the better.
NOM did return to its usual self shortly later this morning when it decided to throw down a *SMOKEBOMB* to distract from the hack by leaking that it will (reluctantly?) endorse Mitt Romney.
According to Politico, Brian Brown will make the statement soon:
"Governor Romney was an early signer of NOM’s presidential pledge which represents his commitment to the nation to take specific actions as president to preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman," Brown's message says ."President Obama has declared our nation’s marriage laws to be unconstitutional and not only has refused to defend them, his administration is actively working to repeal them in the courts. He’s come out against state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And he has appointed leaders of the same-sex ‘marriage’ movement as national co-chairs of his reelection campaign."
NOM is not having a good 2012 so far. Let us queue the violins.
(Source: Twitter, Facebook, Towleroad)