No shame Brian S. Brown. No Shame. Last night’s money-grub from National Organization for Marriage was “we’ve really got to finish strong.” Brown asks for “emergency donations.” Today it’s “together we can win.” And get this:
Whether it has been successfully winning ballot initiatives or winning debates in the public square against the likes of Dan Savage, whether it is helping elect pro-family leaders like Matt Bevin as Governor of Kentucky or defeating pro-same sex marriage Republicans like Carl Demaio, with God’s help we have accomplished great things.
So let’s break that down. I suppose that NOM’s big wins at the ballot were Proposition 8 in California and Question 1 in Maine. Prop 8 was destined to reversal by a federal district court judge. NOM’s chief witness was David Blankenhorn and he essentially came out for marriage equality on the stand (and subsequently in the NY Times). This decision withstood appeal at the Ninth Circuit. Finally the Supreme Court determined that the religious group appealing the initial decision lacked standing. Prop 8 was history in the summer of 2013 along with DOMA. Maine’s Question 1 was overturned by the voters in 2012.
Brian Brown cannot debate anyone “in the public square” — at least not effectively. They have never been able to sufficiently torture logic to convert their Catholic religious objection into something secular. They have certainly tried and tried and tried again without succcess.
NOM had absolutely nothing to do with the election of Matt Bevin and Carl Demaio was replaced by an pro-marriage-equality Democrat. Nice “win.”
The issue is settled!
NOM’s only issue is done. Marriage equality is the law of the land. NOM has no reason to continue to exist. Maybe Brian Brown can get a job as a caddy. The only way that they can overturn same-sex marriage is through a constitutional amendment. There simply is no path to ratification by the required 38 states.
Brown hopes that his constituency will infer that a Ted Cruz presidency would be the end of marriage equality. Assuming that Cruz could alter the balance of the Supreme Court, that would still require a new case to make its way through the courts and that requires a plaintiff with Article III standing. See Prop 8, above. It’s not going to happen and Brown knows that it’s not going to happen.
Truth no longer matters (in never really did) for NOM. Brian Brown will say or write just about anything to attract donations in order to keep his job. Now that he is spectacularly desperate, the big lie is that NOM has an agenda for 2016.
At the end of the day all this activity – and noise – exists because the Catholic Church does not approve of gay people. Some people are upset that their approval of our marriages is neither sought nor required.
Happy New Year!