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Margaret Gallagher Srivastav (born September 14, 1960), better known by her working name Maggie Gallagher, is an American writer and commentator. She has written a syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate since 1995, and has published five books. Gallagher serves as president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and the National Organization for Marriage.



Gallagher is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attended Lakeridge High School. In 1982 she earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University, where she belonged to the Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union.[1] After having at least one out-of-wedlock child, she married Raman Srivastav in 1993[2] and is raising two children in Ossining, New York.[3][4]


Gallagher has written a number of books, including ones co-authored by Linda J. Waite, a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. Gallagher serves as president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy,[3] a conservative think tank whose purpose is "strengthening marriage for a new generation."[3][5] Gallagher also serves as President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that seeks to organize opposition to recognition of same-sex couples in state legislatures and supports heterosexual-only marriage initiatives across the nation.[6]

Work for the Department of Health and Human Services

On January 26, 2005, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post revealed that Gallagher had received tens of thousands of dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services during 2002 and 2003 for helping the George W. Bush administration promote the President's Healthy Marriage Initiative.[7] During this time, Gallagher testified before Congress in favor of "healthy marriage" programs, but never disclosed the payments.[8]


Gallagher is a strong social conservative.[9] She has written against assisted suicide[10] and taking Terri Schiavo off life support.[11] When Dan Quayle criticized the fictional television character Murphy Brown for being an unwed mother, Gallagher wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, "An Unwed Mother for Quayle" in his defense.[12]

Gallagher signed a November 2009 ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws forcing them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.[13]


  • The Abolition of Marriage: How We Destroy Lasting Love (1996) ISBN 0-89526-464-1.
  • Enemies of Eros: How the Sexual Revolution Is Killing Family, Marriage, and Sex and What We Can Do About It (1989) ISBN 0-929387-00-7.
  • The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially with Linda J. Waite (2001) ISBN 0-7679-0632-2.
  • The Case for Staying Married with Linda J. Waite (2005) ISBN 0-19-516929-8.
  • The Age of Unwed Mothers: Is Teen Pregnancy the Problem? : A Report to the Nation (1999) ISBN 0-9659841-5-X.

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