Updated 3:00 p.m. EST
The National Organization for Marriage has confirmed that Maggie is out as the org's chairman and John Eastman is in. Details follow.
NOM has just released this statement:
Brian Brown, President of NOM, stated, "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."
John Eastman stated, "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."
Maggie will stay with NOM in a lesser capacity as a board member.
"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," Gallagher added.
Could this have anything to do with the fact that Maggie Gallagher is now a financial supporter of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
The Associated Press's New York-based writer David Crary is reporting that the National Organization for Marriage has replaced Maggie Gallagher as Chairman of Baord with anti-gay law professor John Eastman.
"National Organization for Marriage replaces its chair, Maggie Gallagher, with law prof John Eastman," wrote David early Thursday afternoon.
Eastman isn't exactly easier to swallow if he is in fact the new face of NOM; JoeMyGod reminds us that he pulled a slimy trick when he attempted to have the Prop 8 repeal overthrown.