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NOM 'Outraged' By Gay Marriage In Pennsylvania

NOM Marriage Hissy Fit

Not surprisingly, NOM president Brian Brown is "outraged" by the recent decision by Montgomery County officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in spite of there being a ban in place in the state constitution. 

"The Montgomery County Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes, who issues marriage licenses for the county, has decided that he — a county bureaucrat — has the authority to unilaterally rewrite Pennsylvania marriage law. Who does he think he is? The job of enacting laws belong to the legislature and the governor, not county bureaucrats. It's absolute lawlessness in Montgomery County, and it must stop — today! (original emphasis kept)." 

Brian BrownBrown claims that "this goes way beyond marriage — it undermines the rule of law," and calls the decision made by Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes "sheer legal madness". The post on NOM Blog also includes a link to send a pre-written message to Governor Tom Corbett "demanding that he put a stop to it right away," either by email or printed letter. It also begs, at the bottom, for supporters to "use the buttons below to forward this email and share it on Facebook and Twitter so that all pro-marriage Pennsylvanians can speak up about this outrage in Montgomery County!"

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  1. The same Brian Brown who's NOM organization is always seeking out those "courageous" clerks who refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses where it is legal because it goes against their religious beliefs. Hypocrisy thy name is Brian Brown.

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 25, 2013 7:08:16 PM

  2. The same Brian Brown who's NOM organization is always seeking out those "courageous" clerks who refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses where it is legal because it goes against their religious beliefs. Hypocrisy thy name is Brian Brown.

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 25, 2013 7:08:16 PM

  3. FUnny,I don't remember Brian Brown being outraged in NY when some clerks stated their religious beliefs trumped the duties of their office.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 25, 2013 7:12:34 PM

  4. Well this is the type of stuff that happens when you legislate hate. You erode our laws and it no longer has the morality and the sense of justice that elicits respect.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 25, 2013 7:15:58 PM

  5. Hasn't NOM been in violation of the laws in Maine regarding releasing the names of their donors? I don't recall the specifics offhand. But the hypocrisy of these people is astounding.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jul 25, 2013 7:16:54 PM

  6. Bryan Brown, the giant walking mudslide and turd.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 25, 2013 7:19:27 PM

  7. Perhaps the chant should be, "when it's brown, flush it down"...(old California drought saying)

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 25, 2013 7:20:23 PM

  8. is arguing the exact opposite here in California, claiming that County Clerks do NOT answer to the Governor and State Attorney General.

    The hypocrisy is unbelievable.

    Posted by: Tom L | Jul 25, 2013 7:33:06 PM

  9. To correct one thing in the article, there is no constitutional ban in Pennsylvania, same sex marriage is only banned by statute there.

    Posted by: Ken | Jul 25, 2013 7:34:27 PM

    --- I don't bother to answer him. I wish Towleroad would check and see if there are any polls that say that people still follow this hate group

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 25, 2013 7:40:30 PM

  11. maybe, if we are lucky, Mr. Brown will pop some veins for getting so angry!!!!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 25, 2013 7:59:52 PM

  12. Very satisfying. I used the form but deleted the content and header and used it to send a message of support. You'd think they would find a way to prevent that.

    Posted by: AKConstant | Jul 25, 2013 8:24:18 PM

  13. If only we knew their main funding sources.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 25, 2013 9:07:02 PM

  14. I had a feeling things would start to go this way. People violating the law and one group after another going before state courts for change. Now NOM has just what it needs to use "law and order" (a favorite theme of social conservatives) against the LGBT community. Patience is frustrating, but things are moving along through state legislatures. SSM has validity through public referenda and legislative action. It will pick up momentum even faster when another large state like Ohio or Illinois makes it legal. There is no need to use courts when people are increasingly on your side. Country clerks should ALL follow the law - religious ones who object to issuing SSM licenses need to do their jobs or resign. And clerks who live in states where SSM is not yet legal should continue political efforts for change but not take it upon themselves to play a game of "let's pretend" by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Laws exist for a reason. Brown has a point on this, unfortunately.

    And yes, NOM is being somewhat hypocritical here. But remember that when they support clerks who don't want to do a marriage license for a same-sex couple, they are not preventing any other clerk in the same office from issuing the license. So the situation is not 100% analogous.

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 25, 2013 9:24:08 PM

  15. I agree we shouldn't do this. And we shouldn't use "but THEY'RE being hypocritical, too" as partial justification for breaking the law. I was supportive of Gavin Newson doing this in CA almost 10 years ago -- but times have changed. We were victims in 2004 in a way we're not today. It's all going our direction, the bumps in the road from NOM and social cons and Family "Research" Council are expected; it's a matter of time before all the dominoes fall down.

    Take it to the courts to find the ban unconstitutional. Get the legislature or voters to find the ban unconstitutional. The wind is at OUR back.

    Posted by: will | Jul 25, 2013 10:27:37 PM

  16. Clerks or officials charged with issuing marriage licenses must follow their state's law. If the official serves in a state where same sex marriages are legal, the official has the obligation to issue the license to the same sex couple. If the official serves in a state where marriage equality is against the law, the official has the obligation to deny the license. The individuals don't have the right to do whatever they want. They have the obligation to follow the law or resign the office.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 26, 2013 12:03:40 AM

  17. Pro-equality forces should engage bigotry on every front--legislatively, judicially, and personally. There's no reason whatsoever to allow the bigotry to continue without being confronted. Destroy them. No sitting back and waiting for entrenched bigots in the legislature to "change". Change them right up-side their bigoted heads.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 26, 2013 2:20:41 PM

  18. Overall, the Bigots are loosing. They know it, but some will fight to the death(Their Death)their hate because their personal lives are so void of love and respect that they cannot stand to see happiness in other people's lives.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jul 27, 2013 3:38:24 PM

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