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'Meet the Press' Covers the Supreme Court and Marriage with Al Sharpton and NOM Bigot Brian Brown: VIDEO


Pete Williams, Al Sharpton, AFER board member Rob Reiner, Peggy Noonan, and NOM bigot Brian Brownjoined Chuck Todd for a roundtable on SCOTUS and marriage equality yesterday.

Said Sharpton to Brown's tooting about NOM's North Carolina win:

"Public opinion and votes have nothing to do with this. The challenge of the court is not what they're going to do with votes. the challenge of the court is are they going to protect people's rights? When you look at the DOMA case and you look at miss Windsor who was not able it -- who was forced to pay over $350,000 in estate tax because she did not have the right of a partner who had passed on, who they had built this wealth together, her rights were violated. So there are many people who may agree with traditional marriage as people define it but feel they don't have the right to have an unequal situation with others and, therefore, define for them their life. My battle with Brian is not over marriage. My battle is he doesn't have the right to impose his definition of marriage and therefore make inequality on other people."


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  1. Al Sharpton? We find allies in the strangest places, don't we?

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 1, 2013 10:26:40 AM

  2. @Jack. Watch his show on MSNBC. He is very pro-gay

    Posted by: Dave in PA | Apr 1, 2013 10:39:22 AM


    Posted by: Bobby | Apr 1, 2013 10:45:58 AM

  4. The Reverend's head looks freakishly large in the still.......or perhaps it is just at a weird angle to his body.

    He has given us lots of support! Keep up the great work Al!

    Posted by: Erstegeiger | Apr 1, 2013 10:48:57 AM

  5. I am "wondering" why Brian's NOM BLOG...has not had many entries lately AND why have they disconnected their comment sections:

    "Comments are temporarily disabled. Please try back later."

    Just wondering ???.

    Posted by: anthony | Apr 1, 2013 10:49:40 AM

  6. No Miss Brown, the question is can certain people vote to TAKE AWAY rights that have already been granted and enjoyed by their fellow citizens.

    Posted by: MarkSquared | Apr 1, 2013 10:52:14 AM

  7. Woulda been nice if they would have had, you know, an actual gay person as part of this discussion.

    Posted by: Butch | Apr 1, 2013 10:52:28 AM

  8. Wow Brian....looks like an awful lot of stress-eating.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Apr 1, 2013 10:55:23 AM

  9. Jack M: You must be an April Fool's troll. Sharpton has been a civil rights leader for decades -- unclear what would be 'strange' about him supporting marriage equality.

    Posted by: alex | Apr 1, 2013 11:02:11 AM

  10. I really wish someone would bring up the fact that Biblically marriage was arranged and many of them had wives'! It was redefined many times in history!

    Posted by: tilltheworldends | Apr 1, 2013 11:08:55 AM

  11. @Alex, I honestly have not heard Sharpton talk much about gay rights. He probably doesn't get the publicity that other people do. Nice to know he has been speaking out for a long time.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 1, 2013 11:17:20 AM

  12. Living in NYC< I've never been a huge fan of Rev. Sharpton. However, my opinion of him has changed considerably over the past few years. He has been an outspoken proponent for gay rights, and this was really quite entertaining to watch. He didn't let Brian Brown get away with ANYTHING.

    Posted by: Walt NYC | Apr 1, 2013 11:21:18 AM

  13. @JackM - Al Sharpton has always been a friend to the gay community - I recall that he gave the strongest answer in support of gay marriage during the 2003 Democratic Primary debates and even said it was like asking him if he supported interracial marriage

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 1, 2013 11:40:49 AM

  14. Actually, Al Sharpton supported marriage equality before quite a few gay people did.

    You can find any number of pro marriage equality statement from Re. Al right in this very blog's archives

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 1, 2013 11:41:45 AM

  15. I have been a fan of Al Sharpton for a long time. He is able to cut through the fog and mirrors and get to the heart of an issue. While some of the folks hear may not know of his advocacy on our behalf, he has been an ally for a long time. He is one of the voices that has done a great deal to change minds in the Black community. His sister is a lesbian.

    Posted by: Voet | Apr 1, 2013 11:48:32 AM

  16. Erstegeiger:
    You have mistaken the fat head to be the reverend. That big and empty head belongs to the bigot.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 1, 2013 11:58:12 AM

  17. Still waiting for the Grand Dragon of the KKK to opine on racial questions and Neo Nazis being invited to discuss Jews.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 1, 2013 12:15:44 PM

  18. Why bother asking Brown on anything, we know his answers.
    From now on, if the discussion are going to have a Brown or Perkins, they should be fair and invite KKKs and anti-interacial marriage groups.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 1, 2013 12:24:35 PM

  19. Al Sharpton has been pro-gay for a long time. He first came to notice with the Tawana Brawley case but since then hasn't been the clown he's often portrayed as.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 1, 2013 1:13:00 PM

  20. @ Butch - Actually Pete Williams is gay, and out.

    Posted by: secure214 | Apr 1, 2013 2:16:33 PM

  21. If you can find the footage of Sharpton's March 27 show, he opened it with a blistering attack on the anti equality bigots. He has been on our side for a long time.

    Posted by: melvin | Apr 1, 2013 2:40:51 PM

  22. A discussion on gay issues and no gay people. Typical NBC/MSNBC/CNBC.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Apr 1, 2013 8:46:58 PM

  23. A discussion on gay issues and no gay people. Typical NBC/MSNBC/CNBC.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Apr 1, 2013 8:46:59 PM

  24. We have plenty of gay people fighting for us. The reason we're at the Supreme Court is the support of straight people, and it warms my heart to see them speaking out for us. The more the better.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 2, 2013 12:28:30 AM

  25. @Billy Crytical: Sorry your crytical comment is WRONG. Pete Williams has been gay and out for years. Your comments now?????

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 2, 2013 1:48:08 AM

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