National Organization for Marriage is, and always has been, a run-of-the-mill anti-gay hate group. The fact that the animus was cloaked in conservative Catholicism is irrelevant to its aspiration which was, and is, to devalue gay American citizens. This was true at the outset when Robert George lent a pseudo-intellectual veneer to NOM’s doings. It is more obvious today as Brian S. Brown flails about in search of some salient raison d’être. There are brown stains on Mr. Brown’s office wall corresponding to all those things that didn’t stick.
Last night NOM/Brown commented on our failure to advance non-discrimination protections in Indiana (shame on the Hoosiers). The opening paragraph could have been written by Family Research Council, American Family Association or Liberty Counsel. I concede that Tony Perkins or Tim Wildmon would have used “homosexuals” rather than “gays and lesbians” but otherwise — same garbage:
Great news late this afternoon out of Indiana: The Indiana Legislature has dropped consideration of legislation to grant special rights to gays and lesbians that would have weakened religious liberty in the state. This is a great win for common sense and for supporters of true marriage.
Apparently Brown thinks that “special rights” BS has some resonance after the fact. Brown is further incorrect unless religious liberty is dependent upon the freedom to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations. The rest of Brown’s little essay is puffed up pablum to support the notion that people should continue to fund an operation as inept as Mr. Brown’s enterprise:
NOM worked hard with allies to defeat this so-called sexual orientation/gender identity legislation. A key backer of the legislation, Sen. David Long, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, said that legislators had been “hit hard from all sides” and that groups from outside the state were not “truly seeking a solution.” However, contrary to Sen. Long’s assertion, this legislation is a solution in search of a problem …
I doubt that either Brown or NOM had much to do with the decision not to bring the bill to the floor. It was backed by business leaders throughout the state including Senator Long whose day job is General Counsel, Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne. Moreover, SB-344 was a terribly flawed bill that did not protect gender identity. It will return and it will be better. It is worth noting that a bill backed by religious conservatives that would have eradicated existing protections was defeated in this session of the legislature.
Meanwhile Brian Brown and National Organization for marriage will continue to make us cringe until someone turn the lights out. Knowing NOM, that final gesture will create a short circuit.