Brian S. Brown

Tuesday’s money-beg from National Organization for Marriage is all about the dead First Amendment Defense Act and petitions to move it to the floor for a vote. According to Brian Brown, president of the little anti-LGBT group:

NOM has generated over 120,000 petitions to Congress urging them to move the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to the floor of the US House of Representatives where it can be enacted and passed to the Senate.

What on earth does he mean? “Petitions” or signatures? Who knows? But there is a problem:

But now we have a critical problem — we are short of funds to print, prepare and ship the petitions. That is why it’s so important that our Summer Membership Drive continues strong throughout this month where supporters contribute at least $35 to fund our work.

I have no idea what they are doing and neither does Brown. Apparently some paper with signatures will go to …, someone and that will move the dead bill out of two committees—in the summer. They continue to insist (although they know better):

FADA is critical legislation needed to protect the right of supporters of marriage to live out their views about marriage in their daily lives and at work without being punished by the government for their beliefs. It protects churches, religious societies and orders, and nonprofit groups by prohibiting the IRS from removing their tax exemptions. It protects religious schools from being denied accreditation. It protects charities from having to abandon their faith in order to receive grants or contracts with the federal government. And it prohibits the government from targeting pastors, individuals, and small businesses for any adverse action because of their beliefs about marriage.

Republicans are not going to vote for FADA in its proposed form. Doing so recognizes the legitimacy of same-sex marriages. Brown has no shame. Donors at this point are just suckers.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.