Frank Rich's "The Bigots' Last Hurrah" from the NYT dissects the ridiculous "Gathering Storm" anti-marriage ad and its place within contemporary politics. Rich writes that, as easy as it is to mock NOM, their ad "nonetheless bookmarks a historic turning point in the demise of America's anti-gay movement:"
What gives the ad its symbolic significance is not just that it's idiotic but that its release was the only loud protest anywhere in America to the news that same-sex marriage had been legalized in Iowa and Vermont. If it advances any message, it's mainly that homophobic activism is ever more depopulated and isolated as well as brain-dead.
It is justice, not a storm, that is gathering. Only those who have spread the poisons of bigotry and fear have any reason to be afraid.
Speaking of mockery, Queerty posted the "Ten Best Responses to the 'Gathering Storm'" ad; here are my three favorites: