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NOM President Brian Brown Condemns Murder of Gay Man in NYC

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, released the following statement yesterday:

Brown"We condemn in the strongest possible way the murder of a gay man in New York by a killer who apparently hurled anti-gay insults at him moments before the killing. This senseless act cannot be condoned in America or anywhere, and we urge that the perpetrator be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our heart goes out to the family of the victim, and we hold them in our prayers. While this killing appears to have no connection to the current debate about redefining marriage, there is no room for violence toward any American — whether they support traditional marriage or not. No person should be subjected to violence because they are gay or lesbian or because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. There is no place for violence, period."

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  1. Nice statement, I suppose.

    But when is he going to apologize for being a cheerleader for the hatred that leads to such crimes?

    Posted by: K in VA | May 22, 2013 8:22:37 AM

  2. He said it through blood-red lips.

    Posted by: Adam | May 22, 2013 8:29:32 AM

  3. And he still gets his talking points with 'marriage debate', 'traditional marriage', and 'union of one man and one woman'.

    I call Bull$hit and see this as nothing more than using a tragic event to propagandize his losing ideology. If he had stopped at the third sentence, he would have had a powerful condemnation. But he had to get his talking points in, thus turning his condemnation into pathetic bloviating.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | May 22, 2013 8:44:18 AM

  4. AND that last sentence...he's doing nothing more than trying to claim victimhood even though members of NOM (and their handful of followers) have not been the victims of violent/fatal attacks for who they are...out and proud bigots.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | May 22, 2013 8:49:01 AM

  5. Well, as much as I am angry about everything else coming out of NOM, at least they took the time to make this statement. I'll never agree, like, support, or trust NOM or their agenda, but I can appreciate words of compassion even from our enemy.

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | May 22, 2013 8:54:53 AM

  6. As several have noted: That last sentence is really just a snake hissing out words with a forked tongue.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | May 22, 2013 9:03:46 AM

  7. I'm sorry, but you cannot plant the seeds of condemnation and hate toward a group of people and then not expect to see a harvest of violence. This is what we are entering into now. The far, far right is losing this "battle", so I believe that some of them feel that there needs to be more drastic action taken. And that to me is frightening.

    Posted by: Mark Lee | May 22, 2013 9:14:27 AM

  8. He is disgusting, and his statement is disgusting and it's because of people like him that violence like this happens. Period.

    Posted by: guynyc | May 22, 2013 9:15:19 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 22, 2013 9:21:32 AM

  10. Then tone down the rhetoric, assface.

    Posted by: Sam | May 22, 2013 9:31:08 AM

  11. Someone from NOM has been busy removing the comments of NOM supporters on their Facebook page that were praising the murder of gay people.

    Posted by: homer | May 22, 2013 9:46:27 AM

  12. He then said, "PS, I still hate gays."

    Posted by: Jack M | May 22, 2013 10:00:25 AM

  13. I don't think NOM's motive, here, is to condemn the murder so much as it is to diffuse any potential impact the incident would have on public sympathy around lgbt rights and the marriage debate.

    By suggesting that someone could be subjected either because he/she is gay or because believes marriage is between one man and one woman, they're implying two things: 1) that those who are lgbt or support marriage equality are potentially capable of that kind of violence, reducing the heinousness of the act; and 2) that being gay and believing that marriage is between one man and one woman are merely two sides of the same coin, an ideological debate, reducing the significance of the victim's identity. Pretty clever writing, I think. That makes the condemnation of violence a little offensive, though.

    Posted by: William | May 22, 2013 10:15:25 AM

  14. "fullest extent of the law" = using federal hate crimes legislation to push for harsher sentencing, something i would have thought NOM would oppose.

    Posted by: smc | May 22, 2013 10:15:55 AM

  15. He got scared because he's such a closet case and doesn't want to get hurt himself. Whenever the person he's trying to impress (grandfather? father? mother?) passes on, maybe he'll give it up and stick his little toe out of the dusty, spidery closet. Pathetic person.

    Posted by: Jude | May 22, 2013 11:03:20 AM

  16. His name was Mark Carson, Brian.

    He was not just some "gay man." He had friends and family who loved him and to disrespect his memory by acknowledging him only superficially is insulting to all.

    Posted by: gerry | May 22, 2013 11:10:31 AM

  17. "Folks, you don't need to, and shouldn't, kill gay people. If you preach hatred against them enough, they'll eventually kill themselves. Don't be violent, be Rick Warren." - Brian Brown

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 22, 2013 11:19:41 AM

  18. "...there is no room for violence toward any American — whether they support traditional marriage or not. "

    Brian Brown (and the killer himself) has absolutely no idea what Mark Carson thought about "traditional marriage," snd contrary to Brown's rhetoric, being gay gas NOTHING to do with being against anybody's marriage.

    "No person should be subjected to violence because they are gay or lesbian or because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman."

    It is infuriating to hear him repeatedly present this as if it were two sides of the same coin.

    Thousands of people are subjected to violence month after month only because they are gay or perceived to be gay. In New York alone,Mark Carson was shot in the head just because a homophobe passing by realized he was gay; a straight man named Jose Sucuzhanay was beaten to death in Brooklyn because a homophobe saw him as he held his brother's arm and mistook him for gay; a baby named Roy Jones was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend on Long Island because the baby wasn't masculine, and on and on and on month after every month. These that I named are just some random examples off the top of my head, but the attacks are far too numerous to list.
    Nobofy has ever been murdered "because they believe in traditional marriage." NOBODY.

    This week, a violent crowd of 20,000 "supporters of traditional marriage" in the Republic of Georgia violently attacked a peaceful, small gathering of gay people, sending at leadt 14 people to the hospital.

    No group has ever organized violent mobs against anyone because they are in a "traditional marriage."
    It has NEVER happened.

    Posted by: GregV | May 22, 2013 11:28:20 AM

  19. Boy, Brian sure is desperate not to look like a bigot anymore. The only thing stopping him from cleaning up his image completely is the inconvenient fact that he's a bigot.

    Posted by: jomicur | May 22, 2013 11:31:03 AM

  20. I'm wondering what prompted the statement. Could it be that they are attracting the "wrong crowd" these days? Are NOM meetings and recruitment drives dominated by skinheads and Aryan Nation types now?

    Posted by: anon | May 22, 2013 11:43:06 AM

  21. Brian, so close. And yet not.

    While your statement at the very least shows that you have a tacit understanding of your organizations duplicity in Mark's death, and possibly a sense of personal regret, it also serves to point out your true disconnect.

    Do you know when a call against violence and an offering of sincere condolences for a life lost lose their meaning? When you lace them with your side/my side talking points, and the victim remains anonymous.

    Mark Carson was a human being whose life was taken by a man filled with hate. Think about that Brian. Where did Mark's murderer get that hate? That's what we're hoping to open your eyes to. This is what happens when you preach divisiveness, otherness, and less than.

    You took the first step Brian. Want to go a bit further and grow your humanity? Identify with 'the victim' as a real person, Mark Carson, and understand that sincere condolences and a call to end violence don't come with rhetoric.

    Posted by: JONES | May 22, 2013 1:06:42 PM

  22. Brown has eight children. May no mistake, he'll walk at least one down the aisle in a casket.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 22, 2013 1:12:20 PM

  23. He forgot to add "But we have no problem with countries who execute people for being gay. Nor did we have a problem with arresting people in this country for being gay a mere 10 years ago."

    Posted by: Matt N | May 22, 2013 1:51:23 PM

  24. AggieCowboy, you nailed it.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 23, 2013 10:12:58 AM

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