The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is railing against a proposed gay-inclusive adoption policy in Virginia, calling it “mandatory gay adoption.”

NOM, the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, urged members to oppose proposed changes by the Virginia Department of Social Services to its adoption policy.

The new language would prohibit private adoption agencies from discrimination based on sexual orientation, disability or family status.

“Rep. Anthony Weiner may have joked about 'mandatory gay marriage,' at the WH Correspondents dinner, but amazingly, Virginia's Dept. of Social Services is proposing new regulations that would require all adoption and foster-care agencies to do gay adoptions,” wrote Maggie Gallagher, board chair of NOM.

The comments belie Gallagher's previous statements that neither she nor her group were anti gay.

At a tour stop last summer in St. Paul, Brian Brown, the group's president, said NOM was only about protecting marriage as between a man and a woman.

“We've taken great pains to make clear what we are all about,” Brown said. “We view ourselves as a new civil rights movement. … Committed to something that in the 1960s was key: the right to vote [on marriage.]”

“We stand for tolerance,” he added.

Writing at the lesbian website, Bridgette P. LaVictoire said it was time to unmask NOM's true motives.

“The time has come – indeed, it has come – for the National Organization for Marriage to stop pretending that it is anything other than an anti-LGBT group dedicated to hurting, harassing and punishing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people. It is obvious that their message is not to defend 'traditional marriage' – as in Christian marriage – but rather to hurt those who love those who are of the same sex as they are.”

NOM is the group behind measures in Maine and California that have repealed gay marriage at the ballot box.