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NOM's Brian Brown Slams Christie on Gay Marriage: His Presidential Hopes are Finished

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown is, of course, infuriated that marriages are taking place in New Jersey and supremely pissed that Governor Chris Christie has given up the state's battle against same-sex marriage by withdrawing his appeal of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Usatoday_brownWrites Brown in a blog post:

"There's no question that the courts of New Jersey are responsible for the imposition of same-sex marriage in that state, and we sharply criticize them for redefining our most important social institution with no regard to the wishes of voters or even elected officials," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The refusal of the New Jersey Supreme Court to order a stay of the same-sex 'marriage' ruling was wrong, and the latest example of an activist judiciary running amok, substituting their views for those of the people of the state. Still, we are extremely disappointed in Governor Chris Christie for withdrawing the state's appeal of the underlying decision, effectively throwing in the towel on marriage. The mark of a leader is to walk a principled walk no matter the difficulty of the path. Chris Christie has failed the test, abandoning both voters and the core institution of society - marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

A superior court judge had imposed same-sex marriage in New Jersey in a ruling in September, with same-sex 'marriages' set to begin today. Christie's administration appealed the decision and sought a stay to preserve the status-quo until the merits of the case is heard next year. The New Jersey Supreme Court denied the request for the stay, and today Christie dropped his appeal of the underlying decision imposing same-sex marriage.

"It's a sad day for the voters of New Jersey," said Brown. "An activist judiciary has once again imposed its views and ignored the rights of voters. We will continue to fight for the right of New Jersey voters to determine the definition of marriage. Regrettably, Governor Christie's decision to surrender on marriage reveals him to be a man who lacks the courage of his supposed convictions. As far as we are concerned, it's a disqualifying failure. His surrender on marriage effectively surrenders any chance he might have had to secure the GOP nomination for president."

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  1. After so many losses this year (with the exception of testifying before the Russian Duma and breaking the Logan Law), Mr. Brown's fascist rosary must be completely worn out.

    Posted by: Michael Barber | Oct 21, 2013 1:15:43 PM


  2. Like too many religious zealots, Mr. Brown fails to realize that neither tradition nor "common sense" or "the will of the people" can override the Constitution (unless a formal Constitutional Convention convenes to rewrite or replace our founding document).

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Oct 21, 2013 1:21:59 PM


  3. He could move overseas where gay marriage is illegal still. Why stick around here?

    Posted by: anon | Oct 21, 2013 1:23:15 PM


  4. Surely these people realize Chris Christie was NEVER EVER EVER going to be President, right?

    Hearing them prattle on about it is absurd. Christie's in it for the money, like every Republican. President is a step down when that's your goal.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 21, 2013 1:23:50 PM


  5. Oh Brian, you have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 21, 2013 1:25:11 PM


  6. Brian brown is such a piece of garbage.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 21, 2013 1:25:29 PM


  7. I wonder why he is not concerned about divorce. Something not allowed in the Bible. Let's cherry pick.

    Posted by: robertL | Oct 21, 2013 1:26:57 PM


  8. NOM is so pathetic now that if they hadn't worked so hard to hurt so many people I would feel sorry for them...but I don't!

    Posted by: Howard | Oct 21, 2013 1:28:11 PM


  9. Finito, Brown. When I think of New Jersey, I think "quintessential American suburbia." If marriage equality is the forever reality in NJ, then the death knell of anti-equality is reverberating in the air.

    Posted by: Josh M. | Oct 21, 2013 1:29:42 PM


  10. Maybe Brian should move to a country where constitutions don't matter, say, Russia (alas). Wait, he's already moving his bigotry there because it's not playing so well, or filling his wallet well enough, here.

    As for Christie, he's not presidential material, but if this did keep him from gaining traction in the wingnut primaries, it only means they'll go for someone less electable instead. It's your hopes that are finished, Bri.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 21, 2013 1:29:58 PM


  11. Of course Brian Brown is irrelevant completely in the USA at this point, but it will be interesting to see if Christie loses any ground for "standing down" on marriage in New Jersey, or at least that's the way some conservatives will twist it. This could be a test to see whether conservatives/Republicans/right-leaning independents/etc. have truly moved completely beyond the whole gay issue in terms of prospective candidates. If so then that means we could see some real progress going forward on our rights with Republicans.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 21, 2013 1:30:14 PM


  12. If you say so Brian. Because obviously Christie was a guaranteed shoo-in until you withdrew your support for him.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 21, 2013 1:31:11 PM


  13. Mr. Brown is ugly.

    Posted by: barney | Oct 21, 2013 1:33:20 PM


  14. Brian will be so ashamed of these statements once he comes out

    Posted by: Bubba | Oct 21, 2013 1:37:45 PM


  15. I hope this scum bag gets so depressed he finally does the world a favour and offs himself

    Posted by: Will | Oct 21, 2013 1:39:06 PM


  16. A Santorum/Palin ticket might work Brian.. By all means support that! (Brian is getting frantic because his means of earning a living by exploiting discrimination and bigotry is quickly winding down.)

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Oct 21, 2013 1:39:28 PM


  17. I live in NJ and it's not a sad day for me. I really am getting tired of their lies. 2 of the 3 branches of NJ's government were for it. And polls show a large majority of NJ agrees with marriage equality, so how is this not the "will of the people"?

    Posted by: cello_jay | Oct 21, 2013 1:42:42 PM


  18. Brian Brown says, “We will continue to fight for the right of New Jersey voters to determine the definition of marriage.”

    More Honest Translation: “We will continue to fight so that BIGOTS EVERYWHERE can DENY gays the dignity of being equal human beings.”

    Posted by: Coniferous | Oct 21, 2013 1:43:22 PM


  19. He is just another big radical activist of the heterosexual agenda.....let him stew in his own juice.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 21, 2013 1:47:07 PM


  20. First, like many of his ilk he's ignoring the facts. Namely 1) that while not put to a state-wide referendum, the latest opinion polls show a majority of NJ (aka "voters" and "the people of the state") favor marriage equality and 2) that the state Assembly (aka "elected officials") passed a same-sex marriage law. The only elected official standing in the way was Christie himself. He has now simply moved himself out of the way, rather than wasting taxpayer money on an appeal he was likely to lose.

    Even if all that wasn't the case, there's still the matter of the Constitution.

    And methinks this guy vastly overestimates his influence.

    Posted by: Josh V | Oct 21, 2013 1:52:07 PM


  21. I'm confused as to how he thinks he still has enough clout in American politics to make these kinds of proclamations.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Oct 21, 2013 1:55:55 PM


  22. His obsessive quest to be on the wrong side of history grows sadder and sadder with each passing day. Brown has eight (8) children. Law of numbers, anyone? The more Equality becomes not just the law of the land, but the fabric of culture, the more young closeted and terrified lgbt children are going to be empowered and inspired to Come Out. And for Brown, it'll mean having a child who lives and breathes the defiant antithesis of his life's hateful work - the truly ugly part? He'd rather his own child die than come out as gay. I hope his gay kid(s) find the strength Rick Warren's son never found and do not take their lives - I hope they find a way to break free from this bigoted man's grasp and live out loud, and show him up by embracing the truth that Brown wants buried.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 21, 2013 1:58:41 PM


  23. It seems pretty obvious that Brown's comments about Christie's chance at the Republican nomination are intended to intimidate other would-be nominees into .

    But Christie never had a hope of getting serious support from Brown and NOM during the primaries anyhow. And if by some chance he ends up the nominee, they'll back him against the Democrat. Christie realizes that.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Oct 21, 2013 2:00:02 PM


  24. Sorry, let me try that again:

    It seems pretty obvious that Brown's comments about Christie's chance at the Republican nomination are intended to intimidate other would-be nominees into fighting gay marriage to their last breath.

    But Christie never had a hope of getting serious support from Brown and NOM during the primaries anyhow. And if by some chance he ends up the nominee, they'll back him against the Democrat. Christie realizes that.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Oct 21, 2013 2:01:14 PM


  25. Brian says "activist." I say "unanimous."

    Posted by: ArchiLaw | Oct 21, 2013 2:06:42 PM


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