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04/19/2007


Rachel Maddow on NOM's Bad Marriage Day in NJ: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow takes on NOM and Brian Brown, highlighting the awful day they had yesterday in New Jersey as gay couples began marrying and Governor Chris Christie decided to abandon his battle against same-sex marriage.

Joining Maddow is Jeff Cook-McCormac, senior advister to American Unity Fund, to discuss the challenges of advocating for gay rights in Republican politics.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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."


Brian Brown And Scott Lively Back In Russia To Stir Up Anti-Gay Sentiment

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So strong is NOM President Brian Brown's hatred of homosexuals that even the threat of felony litigation for violation of the Logan Act is not enough to keep him from spreading anti-gay animus in Russia. This time along with Scott Lively, the American missionary bigot behind Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill who is scheduled to stand trial for crimes against humanity, Brown took a return trip to Moscow this past week for reasons unspecified, but were most likely to attend the planning meeting of the World Congress of Families.

The World Congress of Families is an anti-gay group that has been a supporter of Russia's anti-gay laws and contains the usual list of right-wing loony bigots among their sponsors, including Bryan Fischer's American Family Association, Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Concerned Women of America, and Tony Perkins' Family Research Council. Birds of a feather, and all that.

Of course it is entirely possible that Bryan Brown went to Moscow for completely different reasons utterly unrelated to the planning meeting or Russia's anti-gay laws. It's also entirely possible that President Putin is a closet drag queen who is taking extreme measures to ensure that she reigns supreme. And equally as likely.


Brian Brown's Trip To Russia May Result In Felony Litigation

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We told you a few days ago how Brian Brown's trip to Russia to encourage an adoption ban by gay parents may have violated the Logan Act, which says:

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

Brown, predictably, responded to the allegation by calling it "absurd" and stating “It is laughable how little [Karger] understands that in America we’re free to stand up and speak for things like traditional marriage around the world,” nevermind that Brown wasn't in America at the time of the incident. Rachel Maddow ripped into him for his statements and his reprehensible stance that children should be removed from gay families, even if the child and gay parent are biologically related.

A State Department spokesperson could neither confirm nor deny whether or not they had received Karger's letter, but said, “[I]f and when we do receive it, we will review it and respond appropriately.”

If charged and convicted, Brown could spend up to three years in a federal prison.


Rachel Maddow Blasts NOM's Collaboration with Russia on Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow last night launched into a condemnation of Russia's anti-gay adoption laws, and the country's next plan: to take children away from gay parents.

Maddow then looks at the anti-gay American activists that are throwing their full approval behind what Russia is doing - wingnuts like Bob Van Der Plaats, Bryan Fischer, and, more specifically, NOM's Brian Brown, who, as Towleroad has reported, traveled to Russia to collaborate with lawmakers there in support of the anti-gay laws.

Brown has been accused of violating the U.S. Logan Act by making this trip.

Maddow then makes note of Brown's scheduled speech today at the Values Voter Summit, and the top-level Republicans that are offering their blessing to this anti-gay collaborator.

Watch the excellent segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NOM's Brian Brown Collaborated with Russian Legislators on Country's Gay Adoption Ban: VIDEO

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Yelena MizulinaIn a report released yesterday, Right Wing Watch revealed that National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown participated in a joint meeting with Russian legislators back in June to discuss changing the country's international adoption laws to exclude same-sex couples. Brown's trip to Russia, which was not publicly announced by NOM, culminated in a rousing speech given to the Duma's committee on foreign affairs and its committee on family, women and children - whose chair, Yelena Mizulina (right), authored the ban on gay "propaganda" and the anti-gay adoption bill that was signed into law in July. 

Said Brown:

"We are talking about violations of rights, we are talking about the rights and problems of children in their education. We should not shy away from this and should not forget about it and create an illusion for ourselves. A reconsideration of the definition and understanding of marriage is in fact a real threat to rights. Very soon after a law was passed that legalized same-sex marriage in the state of Massachusetts, we saw that religious organizations were closing down, religious organizations that dealt with adoptions and that did not support adoption by same-sex families. They were closing one after another.

We have actually seen that in some schools, they are talking to children about homosexuality, but in fact they don't have the right to learn about a lot of things until a certain age. [...]

I think that this visit, the invitation to visit Russia, will enable the development of this movement around the world. We will band together, we will defend our children and their normal civil rights. Every child should have the right to have normal parents: a father and a mother.

You can watch a Russian dubbed interview of Brown at the meeting, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said the news of Brown's invovlement in Russia is proof of NOM's anti-gay animus knowing no boundaries.

"This goes well beyond marriage," said Griffin. "Apparently NOM is expanding its portfolio to include the international persecution of LGBT people. We knew that Brian Brown had it out for gay people in America, but it's now become clear that he's hell-bent on ruining the lives of gays and lesbians worldwide."

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