The Utah conservative think-tank The Sutherland Institute hosted Maggie Gallagher at a fundraising dinner on Tuesday night. Gallagher is the founder and chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative group that battles against marriage equality throughout the nation.
The Sutherland Institute hosted a dinner with Gallagher as the keynote speaker where she updated the group on NOM’s efforts to stop the repeal of Proposition 8 in California. Individual tickets were $1,200 each. Proceeds to the event went to the Sutherland Institute.
The Deseret News reported that Gallagher spoke about the history of marriage, and that society must continue to support only marriage between a man and a woman.
“Newsflash: Relationships between men and women create babies,” the paper reported Gallagher as saying.
She went on to explain that marriage between a man and a woman is the only way to keep families together and that a biological tie to children is not enough to keep heterosexual parents together as a family unit.
“If we want fathers to be there for their children and the mothers of their children, biology alone won’t do it. We need a cultural mechanism to attach fathers to the mother, child bond,” the paper reported her saying.
She criticized the gay-rights movement, saying the drive for marriage equality will not stop until all 50 states recognize gay marriages and homophobia is treated like racism. She said this was a negative outcome and something society should avoid.
The Sutherland Institute routinely opposes gay-rights legislation throughout Utah and has come out in opposition to non-discrimination laws. The group was one of the lead proponents of Amendment 3, which placed language in the Utah constitution saying only a marriage between a man and a woman would be recognized by the state.
NOM has led a variety of anti-marriage equality campaigns, most notably helping to overturn marriage equality in Maine and California. The group has also been involved in recent court decisions because the group challenges campaign laws that require that political groups disclose their private donors. NOM wants to keep all the donors to campaigns confidential, but it has lost several court cases on this issue in Maine, New York, Rhode Island and other states.