The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM) on Thursday announced John Eastman will replace co-founder
Maggie Gallagher as the group's board chair.
Eastman is a professor and former dean
at Chapman Law School in Southern California. Gallagher will remain
on the group's board.
“John Eastman is one of America's
foremost constitutional scholars and has distinguished himself as a
fierce advocate for families and religious liberty,” said NOM
President Brian Brown. “He will be a great asset to NOM.”
Eastman, who last year unsuccessfully
ran for state attorney general in California, asserted that marriage
was the bedrock of civilization.
“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.”
Last year, Gallagher relinquished the
group's day to day operations to Brown, naming him president of the
In her forthcoming book Debating
Same-Sex Marriage, she'll argue her opposition to gay marriage
against Wayne State University Professor John Corvino, a nationally
recognized speaker on the issue.