NOM’s Brian Brown Says Group is Thinking About Intervening in Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Case

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Brian Brown cries in the gallery in July '11 as NY legislature passes marriage equality.

Following Governor Tom Corbett's decision yesterday to let stand the ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is considering intervening in the case, says NOM President Brian Brown in a new blog post.

NOM recently tried to intervene in the Oregon case, but was denied.

Writes NOM:

Brown said that the National Organization for Marriage is itself evaluating whether it could intervene in this case on behalf of its Pennsylvania members. It is also looking into what other options might exist to work with people or groups in the state who have standing to mount the strong defense of marriage called for in this case.

Brown said the case is winnable, pointing for support to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to issue a stay in a decision overturning Utah's marriage amendment, as well as to the recent Affirmative Action ruling in Michigan. In the Michigan case, the Supreme Court indicated that social policy decisions, even divisive ones, can be reasonably adjudicated by the people of a state.

"The fact is that if Governor Corbett stood by the principles he claims, he'd have chosen to defend marriage to the very end," Brown added. "The Supreme Court has indicated that they believe marriage should be left to the states and it is within states' rights to decide the matter. The Court very recently indicated as well a favorable view of the democratic role of the popular referendum process. In short, the challenge that the Governor is running away from today is one he most certainly could have won. So someone must step in and work to win."

Comments

  1. Lucas H says

    By all means, Brown, waste some more of your friends’ money. Sooner or later they’re going to stop betting on the losing horse, and my guess is sooner.

  2. Jacques says

    “most certainly could have won”? Come on, Brian. You haven’t won one yet. What would make anyone think you could have won this one? Get real.

  3. Peter says

    Yes, the case is definitely winnable as you say Brian, the results in the rest of the country so far show that as a real likelihood, so yes, go for it.

  4. IEatCereal says

    If you hate it so much oppose it yourself. The state shouldn’t be wasting taxpayers money interfering in the lives of “Hardworking Americans” – Its one of the Republicans main election promises XP
    Like “smaller government” that argument flies out the window on issues they feel are important. Then they interfere just as much as their much maligned foes.
    As for Brian Brown, Its nice that he can cry on demand when he doesn’t get his way. He lacks the maturity he claims we don’t have

  5. Gerry says

    Whatever, they can’t do anything… they weren’t a party to the lawsuit. Regarding SCOTUS and the stays… that time is coming also. The stay from SCOTUS is only good until one of the circuits rule. I don’t think they are going to step into the fray UNLESS two circuits disagree.

  6. jonnathewoodswoman says

    When Brian Brown cries, Jesus sets a schoolbus full of innocent children on fire.

    What a wingnut. Like he has standing in a state he neither resides in nor has any right to appeal? Hahahahahahahaha.

    The hubris and ego exhibited by this moron is good comedy.

  7. jonnathewoodswoman says

    When Brian Brown cries, Jesus sets a schoolbus full of innocent children on fire.

    What a wingnut. Like he has standing in a state he neither resides in nor has any right to appeal? Hahahahahahahaha.

    The hubris and ego exhibited by this moron is good comedy.

  8. jonnathewoodswoman says

    When Brian Brown cries, Jesus sets a schoolbus full of innocent children on fire.

    What a wingnut. Like he has standing in a state he neither resides in nor has any right to appeal? Hahahahahahahaha.

    The hubris and ego exhibited by this moron is good comedy.

  9. Matt N says

    SCOTUS already ruled that the Prop8 proponents had no standing in that case. Does NOM really think that they have a better chance at having standing than the proponents of a ballot measure?

    They are desperate people these days…

  10. Michaelandfred says

    Brian…..after your donors are forced out into the open, your gravy train is over. And perhaps you just might be in jail, so I’d hold off on any more idiotic notions. Plus, considering it took the 9th circuit about three minutes to deny your request….

  11. says

    This blabbering is to appease his big donors, show them they he might do something (except he can’t do anything). If he published it on the interwebs, why it must be true!

    Can you imagine how panicked he must be- his cushy $500,000 a year job is going to end in the next year or two and he has eight brats to feed, clothe, and school. Even if he goes over to the FRC or AFA, he probably won’t get paid as much and get as much media attention.

    Life sucks to be Brian Brown.

  12. verbocityeric says

    NOM can’t intervene as an organization. They got rebuffed somewhere earlier this month.

    I infer that he means NOM will bankroll some pennsylvanians’ interventions. The problem with that is, how will they show damage?

  13. james street james says

    We see here the last stage of a temper tantrum. The little feet and fists have stopped pummeling the floor and the ear-shattering crying has been muted to quiet sobbing.

    Will no one get little Brian Brown a cookie? What? His friend Maggie ate them all? That wicked little b*tch!

  14. Rich says

    Brian is really crying about the inevitable loss of his six figure income. At least Maggie Gallagher had sense enough to be the first rat to abandon the sinking ship known as NOM.

  15. Jim says

    There is no case to intervene in. It’s over. Further the case was the Governor’s with his own outside counsel and nobody else’s. Only he has standing in his own case. NOM doesn’t get to waltz into court and grab somebody’s case. A federal courtroom is not a buffet. NOM is absurd and desperate to salvage its reputation. If even a conservative Catholic Republican governor running for re-election gives up on the anti-marriage equality fight, the fight’s over and NOM has no purpose or reason to exist. NOM’s not fighting against marriage equality any longer; now its fight is to stay alive at all.

  16. Bernie says

    I am a gay man who lives in PA and Corbett is no friend of the gay community and the fact that he thinks an appeal would be unwinnable should be a clue to the clueless Brian Brown, who must be in deep denial!

  17. Mike says

    “Apparently Corbett has more principles than Brian Brownstain.”

    Only during an election year does Corbett have principles. With approval ratings as low as his, he’s gotta try something new.

  18. bill wingartenson says

    Brian browns people are going to stop betting on a losing horse

    they have been betting on a horses ass.

    BSquare eg brian brown.

    (long ago a group of us had a boss who was useless at work, totally out of touch with what we had to do re selling computer chips

    part of getting rid of him was to call him

    BSquare (initials were BB) part of a way of telling mgt he was useless and worse.

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