Brian S. Brown
President, National Organization for Marriage
Brian S. Brown is a co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and has served as its President since 2010, having previously served as Executive Director.
NOM is currently active in numerous state battles to protect marriage, is fighting to ensure that the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are defended at the Supreme Court, and organizes demonstrations of grassroots support, like the March for Marriage, all across the country.
As President of NOM, Brian Brown has appeared or been quoted in multiple national news outlets including the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, FoxNews.com, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Politico as well as numerous radio shows, Christian media outlets, and television stations around the country.
Brian is a C. Phil. at UCLA in American History, earned his B.A./M.A. in Modern History at Oxford University, and received his B.A. in History from Whittier College. Brian and his wife Susan have eight young children.
NOM's mission is "protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it." The Washington Post has called NOM the "pre-eminent national organization" fighting to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife. NOM emerged as the single largest contributor to put Proposition 8 on the ballot in California and has helped achieve subsequent marriage victories across the country including the passage of North Carolina's Marriage Protection Amendment in 2012.
John C. Eastman
Chairman of the Board
John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community at Chapman University School of Law, where he was also Dean from 2007 to 2010 before stepping down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Fourth Circuit Judge J. Michal Luttig, the Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and an attorney with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis before entering the academy in 1999.
A nationally recognized expert in constitutional law, Dr. Eastman has published extensively, including as co-author of a major constitutional law textbook; entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History and the Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court; and more than three dozen book chapters and scholarly articles in such journals as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Journal of Legal History, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the BYU Journal of Public Law, and the Cato Supreme Court Review.
He has participated in over 60 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as amicus curiae or on behalf of parties, including in such landmark cases as Boy Scouts of America v. Dale; Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the Ohio school vouchers case); Newdow v. U.S. Congress (the Pledge of Allegiance case); and Gonzales v. Carhart (the partial birth abortion case). He has a J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics, a Bradley Fellow in Constitutional History, a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif; a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School; and a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas
Maggie Gallagher is a co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, which the Washington Post has called the "preeminent" national organization fighting to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife. Maggie served as Chairman of the Board until September 2011.
NOM's formal mission is "protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it," but as Maggie likes to put it, "we fight gay marriage—and win."
NOM is credited with raising the early money to get Prop 8 on the ballot in California, lead the effort to repeal gay marriage in Maine, helped block gay marriage bills in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Rhode Island, spent more than $600,000 airing media ads in Iowa that helped persuade Iowans to refuse to re-elect three judges who voted for gay marriage, and helped flip the legislature in New Hampshire after the majority voted for gay marriage in 2010. NOM also played a key role in persuading Minnesota to pass a marriage amendment, bringing the issue to voters in 2012.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of three books on marriage including with University of Chicago Prof. Linda Waite; and (co-authored with Prof. John Corvino), published by Oxford University Press.
Maggie has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review and other media. She has been a syndicated columnist for fifteen years. Her academic essays have appeared in the Ave Maria Law Journal, the Notre Dame Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Louisiana Law Journal, and elsewhere. She appears frequently on national media, including EWTN, ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and NPR.
She has debated gay marriage before audiences throughout the country, at Harvard Law School, Cornell Law School, Princeton University, Yale Law School, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Franciscan University at Steubenville, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association, and the Aspen Gay and Lesbian Institute.
She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and family.
Robert P. George
Robert P. George has served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis. He has published numerous scholarly articles and book reviews. Professor George is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008 and a Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement in 2005. He holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, letters, science, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. Professor George was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at Harvard University. He holds degrees from Oxford University (D.Phil.), Harvard University (M.T.S. and J.D.) and Swarthmore College (B.A.).
Thomas Peters, 28, is the Communications Director for the National Organization for Marriage and manager of NOMblog.org. Peters grew up in Southern California and attended college in Michigan and has two graduate degrees in theology. He began his award-winning American Papist blog in 2006 and was one of a handful of American bloggers invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers’ Meeting in Rome.
Peters appears in dozens of TV, radio and online media outlets each year discussing and promoting marriage as the union between one man and one woman. You can find Peters online at @AmericanPapist and Facebook.com/AmericanPapist.