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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."


NOM's Brian Brown is Furious That a City Councilman Told Bigots to Stay Out of NYC

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Commenting on Chick-fil-A's recent announcements that it is planning a big expansion nationwide including a move into NYC, City Councilman Daniel Dromm had some tough remarks for the anti-gay chicken chain:

Dromm“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Councilman Daniel Dromm (right), who is openly gay, told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.” ... “We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves,” he said. “They need to wake up and see reality.”

Dromm's remarks set NOM President Brian Brown on the warpath:

Brian Brown, NOM's President responded to the comments with condemnation. "These remarks are outrageous and intolerant, and sadly seem to be part of a trend developing in the public debate surrounding this issue," Brown said. "When Dan Cathy's pro-marriage views were first reported in 2012, we saw mayors and city councils saying similar things—it was a disgraceful circus then, and it is now."

But Brown said that Dromm's remarks go even further than previous attempts to punish Chick-fil-A for its CEO's personal views.

"What Dromm has effectively said here is that anyone who believes in marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unwelcome in New York City," Brown noted. "His remarks, coming amidst a climate of such unseemly attacks on pro-marriage people as we saw with the Mozilla controversy last week, simply reinforce a growing manifestation of hostility and intimidation in the public square toward folks with traditional values. Christians and others are now, it seems, going to be considered guilty of 'thought-crimes' and threatened with all manner of reprisals simply for holding their beliefs."

Brown wants the City Council to condemn Dromm's remarks and issue a formal apology to bigot New Yorkers.

"Mr. Dromm has alienated and insulted millions of New Yorkers and made them feel like they don't belong in their own home city. The Council should correct this and extend an apology immediately and undo the hurt and wrong that's been done."


HRC Blasts Brian Brown, Scott Lively, and Paul Cameron Over Anti-Gay Deeds in Russia: VIDEO

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The Human Rights Campaign has put out a new video calling out NOM's Brian Brown, and evangelists Scott Lively, and Paul Cameron for their responsibility with regard to Russia's anti-gay legislation.

All three Americans traveled to Russia to demonize gay people and persuade Russian lawmakers to pass the so-called ban on 'gay propaganda' along with other bills prohibiting adoption by gay couples.

Watch HRC's new clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NOM Wants Virginia AG Impeached for Refusing to Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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The National Organization for Marriage issued a spitting mad press release yesterday urging the impeachment of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring after Herring announced that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he would refuse to defend it in court.

Watch Herring's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

From NOM:

Brown"The Attorney General swore an oath that he would 'support...the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia' and faithfully discharge his duties, which include defending duly enacted laws like the state's marriage amendment," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Yet now Attorney General Herring is participating in a lawsuit against the very people he is sworn to represent, the citizens of Virginia who preserved marriage in their constitution. This malfeasance and neglect of duty is not only a disgrace, it's an impeachable offense under the constitution."

Section 17 of the Virginia state constitution provides that the Attorney General may be impeached for "malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crime or misdemeanor."

Attorney General Herring announced today that not only would he abandon the defense of Virginia's marriage amendment, he would be filing a brief in federal court advocating the redefinition of marriage against the express decision of the voters of the commonwealth, who in 2006 voted overwhelmingly to amend their state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

EastmanProfessor John Eastman, Chairman of NOM's Board of Directors and a highly-regarded constitutional law expert called Herring's decision "lawless." He said, "The attorney general's decision to advocate against the state's marriage law is an egregious violation of his duty. Here you don't merely have the attorney general abandoning the defense of the law and remaining neutral - a decision which itself would be based on very dubious grounds. No, this goes further: Herring is staying involved in the case, and advocating directly for the side opposed to the interests of his clients, the people of Virginia. Any other lawyer pulling that kind of nonsense would be disbarred."

Watch Herring's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Brian Brown Extends His International Anti-LGBT Activism

As the number of states in the pro-equality column continues to grow year by year, anti-gay activists like National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown have increasingly looked abroad for more fertile grounds to spread the hate.

Writing for GLAAD, Jeremy Hooper documents Brown’s recent appointment to the board of directors of an organization called CitizenGo and the other international partnerships that he has been making as of late: 

Brian brownCitizenGO, which is based in Madrid (where Brian recently delivered a speech), is essentially a petitioning platform focused on global issues.  In addition to considerable focus on marriage inequality, CitizenGO also promotes and/or directs campaigns in support of speakers who claim that "homosexual activists have played a integral role in the rise of Fascist politics, including Nazism," against the World Health Organization's supposed "promotion" of homosexuality, against Canadian pride parades, and much more.

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You see, it turns out CitizenGo has officially endorsed the ignominious Russian law against gay "propaganda."  Another one of Brian's partners, The World Congress of Families (which, in addition to bringing Brian to Russia, counts a number of American partners, ranging from Focus on the Family to Peter LaBarbera's AFTAH), also signed on as an official supporter of this heinous law

You may also recall Brown's involvement with anti-gay forces in France earlier this year during the country's contentious gay marriage debate.


NOM's Brian Brown Says Rose Parade Gay Marriage Float Was Used to 'Indoctrinate Kids' - AUDIO

National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown fell back on some of his well-worn talking points when discussing the same-sex wedding that was featured during last week's Rose Parade in Pasedena. Brown's comments that the float was really just used to "target children" came during a radio interview with Voice of Russia on Friday. Via Right Wing Watch. 

Said Brown:

Brian Brown"We know that when you redefine marriage this is taught in schools, we know that teachers tell kids that folks who believe in this notion of marriage as a union between a man and a woman are discriminating, they’re the functional equivalent of bigots.

And now it hasn’t even stopped in the classroom, now the idea has to be, well, at family events we need to make a point to have a same-sex marriage to sort of put it right in their faces and call them out. Well, that’s just wrong. In America, we can disagree over key issues, but the idea that you would target children and make this about using a family event to sort of indoctrinate kids, that’s just wrong."

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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