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NOM's Brian Brown Defends 'Traditional Marriage' With A Dining Room Set

Jeremy Hooper — the blogger behind Good.As.You. — loves it whenever the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage uses strained analogies to demonstrate how “redefining marriage” will destroy the universe.

BrownIn his latest blog post, Hooper points out NOM President Bryan Brown’s tortured comparison of marriage to a dining room set, because marriage should only be between one table and a chair… or because a chair isn’t a table… or because gay marriage is like two tables marrying… or something:

Suppose you took a table and a chair and together referred to them both as chairs. In that instance, the two things really would be different—and by calling them the same thing, you would have made the term "chair" meaningless.

The point is this: the word "marriage" either means something or it does not. Isn't it only fair and just to ask first what it does mean before trying to decide to apply the term to something new?

Calling a table a chair does damage to the meaning of the word "chair"—and it does no service to our understanding of either tables or chairs. It is thus injurious to our wisdom and knowledge on three counts, and reduces our ability to reason at all.

So it goes with marriage. Calling something "marriage" that is not marriage damages our public notion of marriage, in multiple ways. It neither serves society as a whole, nor does it ultimately serve society's members because it reduces their ability to make any reasonable or legal distinctions. And so, when something else comes along purporting to be "marriage," no legal or moral rationale exists for drawing the line.

Hooper comments:

“Unlike nearly half of our states, twenty-nine consecutive courts (and many before that), the federal government, and a growing majority of the American public, Brian Brown has taken upon himself to determine that a civil contract between two loving and committed adults can only be called a marriage if the union has the distribution of penises and vaginas that he finds proper.”

Knowing that these are the best arguments our opponents have against nationwide marriage equality almost makes one look forward to the inevitable 2016 Supreme Court decision that’ll finally bury groups like NOM.


New York Giants Hire Anti-Gay NOM Spokesperson David Tyree as Director of Player Development

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Towleroad readers will know former New York Giant David Tyree from a series of posts back in 2011 in when he became a spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

GiantsHe has now been hired by the Giants as the director of player development.

Said Tyree in a video for NOM in 2011:

“Marriage is the only relationship that actually mirrors a relationship with God — it’s very unique in that way...If they pass this gay marriage bill...what I know will happen if this does comes forth is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward...anarchy...That will be the moment our society loses its grip with what is right...I don't believe that truth is subjective...If you redefine [marriage...it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, and what is just..."

Tyree later went on to say that he would trade a Super Bowl win to stop gays from marrying and expressed concern for his kids:

 "I don't want my kids to think homosexuals are normal."

Tyree is also an advocate for gay conversion therapy, NJ.com reports:

His more divisive views -- like somebody can change their sexual identity through therapy --- came to light via a series of Twitter messages from 2011 first reported by NJ.com.

"I'll never be a former black," Tyree tweeted in June 2011. "I have met former homosexuals. That's the truth."

The tweets -- along with his crusade for years against gay marriage -- drew a strong rebuke Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign, both in a response to an inquiry from NJ.com and in a press release Tuesday evening.

“When did Tyree decide to be straight?” asked Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a news release. “The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science. His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree’s proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years.

The Giants said in a statement that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization."

Watch Tyree's video for NOM and an ESPN report on the hiring and backlash, AFTER THE JUMP...

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National Organization For Marriage Launches Hopeless, Pathetic Boycott Of JP Morgan Chase Bank

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The anti-gay and anti-transgender group the National Organization for Marriage has started a boycott of JP Morgan Chase bank for surveying their employees about their support with the LGBT community.

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“Chase has repeatedly insisted that the survey was "voluntary and anonymous." But NOM has released a screen shot provided by a Chase employee establishing that employees had to "log in" to the Chase computer system using their unique employee ID number in order to complete the survey, allowing the megabank to learn which employees are loyal to the LGBT community… no, [the survey] was not voluntary or anonymous…

Brown said the Chase survey potentially subjects those employees who do not answer in the "politically approved way" to discrimination and sanctions: "As one employee put it, this could be a way to create a ‘fire these people first' list."

It's clear that Chase has lied to its employees and customers about the survey and its attempt to push the LGBT agenda. This is a major violation of trust, the central value in any banking relationship," [NOM President Brian] Brown said. "We are launching an international boycott and petition drive at www.VoidChase.com to give consumers a way to object to the bank's offensive actions, demanding that they issue an apology and pledge never again to engage in this conduct…

To kick off the boycott, Brown said that he would be moving his own home mortgage, presently held with Chase, to another company.”

In a Media Matters article entitled “No, JPMorgan Chase Doesn't Have An ‘LGBT Loyalty Test’ For Employees,” Luke Brinker said:

“[The] ‘loyalty test’ story is a complete fabrication. Neither [anti-LGBT extremist Austin] Ruse nor [NOM co-founder Robert] George (alarmists who spread stories about Chase’s survey) has actually produced a copy of the survey they're reporting on. More importantly, there isn't a shred of evidence that Chase is using the internal survey for anything other than basic data collection. Ruse can't point to any examples of anti-LGBT Chase employees being punished, targeted, or even acknowledged in any way. It'd be equally as absurd for Ruse to assert that the survey was being used to punish employees "with children with disabilities." It's an entirely made-up horror story meant to promote the tired narrative that the LGBT movement seeks to persecute anti-LGBT conservatives.”

Furthering the argument, Jeremy Hooper mentions that JP Chase Morgan itself has said, "[The survey] allows employees to provide feedback on a broad range of issues, and managers use the results of this survey, in combination with other feedback, to continually improve the workplace and employee experience," and points out that NOM has no basis for their claim that the final survey results are not, in fact, kept anonymous. 

NOM’s boycott is a largely symbolic press stunt as it likely will not affect the bank which has 5,100 branches in 85 countries and over $2.515 trillion in holdings.

In 2012, NOM launched a boycott of Starbucks coffee after the company voiced support for a Washington state pro-marriage equality ballot measure. Their effort failed to gain much online support or to inflict significant damage to Starbuck’s stock price.


Wednesday Speed Read: Heather Mizeur, Executive Order, Joe Biden, NOM, 9th Circuit, Hochberg

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

MizeurMIZEUR COMES IN THIRD IN MARYLAND:

Six of 10 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday; three lost; one race is still undetermined. Lesbian State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one of the winners, but she made a strong showing in third place, just one point behind the state’s attorney general. Mizeur garnered 19 percent of the vote, putting her in third behind Attorney General Doug Gansler with 20 percent, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Some political observers think Mizeur “outshined her male opponents” during the campaign, said MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on the Daily Rundown Tuesday morning. But the primary winner, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown with 58 percent of the vote, had at least two advantages over Mizeur: He was running to become the state’s first African American governor in a state with a 30 percent African American population, and he won the endorsement of the statewide LGBT group Equality Maryland. For full election results, see related story.

EarnestNO DETAILS ON EXECUTIVE ORDER:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing Tuesday that he does not know whether the executive order that President Obama will sign prohibiting discrimination based by federal contractors will include an exemption for religious entities. And just as he was asked about the timing of the announcement last week that the President would sign such an order, a White House intern standing in the briefing room fainted and Earnest ended the press conference.

BidenBIDEN BRUSHES OFF THE TRIGLODYTES:

Speaking at a reception he hosted for participants and supporters of the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, Vice President Joe Biden said LGBT people coming out to family and friends is driving enormous progress in attitudes of ordinary Americans. “They are the majority, and those other folks, they are the troglodytes," said Biden, according to a White House pool report.

JUDGE AWARDS NOM $50,000:

NomlogoA federal district court judge in Virginia Tuesday ordered the U.S. to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for over an accidental public release of tax documents with confidential information that should have been redacted. Judge James Cacheris had ruled June 3 that an Internal Revenue Service clerk had mistakenly released the information to a member of the public who then shared it with the Human Rights Campaign and others. While Cacheris said he did not see evidence the release was deliberate and politically motivated, he said the IRS bears some responsibility for the legal expenses NOM incurred as a result of that error. NOM can still sue to recoup attorneys fees.

NINTH CIRCUIT REJECTS EN BANC:

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals announced Tuesday it would not grant a request from one of its own judges for a full court review of a panel decision requiring heightened scrutiny of laws that disadvantage people based on sexual orientation. Ninth Circuit states now bound by that panel decision in SmithKline v. Abbott include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

RodriguezPUERTO RICO NOMINEE CONFIRMED:

The Puerto Rico Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of lesbian attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez to serve on the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. Rodríguez is director of legal affairs for the city of San Juan. The vote was 16 to 10.
 
HOCHBERG IN THE HOT SEAT:

The openly gay chairman of the Export-Import Bank will be in front of a House committee this morning. The bank, which provides billions of dollars in loans to companies producing exports, needs reauthorization by Congress on September 30, but newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is against it.

© copyright 2014 by Keen News Service. All rights reserved.


GetEQUAL Throws NOM President Brian Brown a Retirement Party: VIDEO

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It’s perhaps a tad early to pop the celebratory champagne for Brian Brown’s retirement from his anti-gay crusade, but with only 2000 bigots out of a promised 20,000 showing up to NOM’s March for Marriage rally last week at the U.S. Capitol, now might be the time for Brown to begin planning for that next stage of his life.

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 3.11.27 PMAnd to help ease the transition, GetEqual grassroots activists stood outside NOM’s very first (and perhaps last?) anti-gay gala and asked attendees to sign a card wishing Brown a happy, inevitable retirement.

Surprisingly, some attendees were more than happy to do so. Others, not so much…

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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NOM President Brian Brown On Anti-Gay Activists: 'We Stand On The Right Side Of History' - VIDEO

BrianBrownNational Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown spoke at the sparsely-attended March for Marriage rally this week, and, not surprisingly, did a disservice to civil rights vernacular. Reappropriating one of the more beautifully simplistic phrases utilized by those fighting the good fight for equal rights, Brown stated that anti-gay activists "stand on the right side of history." 

Right Wing Watch reports:

"We know that some day," Brown proclaimed, "whether it's one year, ten years, twenty years, or decades from now, people will look back at this time and remember those of us who stood up for the truth."

The "truth" about what? Brown and other vehement anti-gay activists are simply cementing the fact that they are the most noble and honorable jerks of our time. 

Check him out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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