Brian S. Brown
Serial incompetence is making it increasingly difficult for Brian S. Brown to ask for donations to National Organization for Marriage

If you think about it there really is no reason for anyone to give National Organization for Marriage any money. Through 2016, NOM burned through nearly $70 million and has nothing to show for it. The absence of judgment was perhaps most apparent when it spent about $700 thousand in legal fees to sue the IRS and saw a return of $50,000.

Because of gross incompetence, Brian S. Brown must invent reasons for people to fork over some money so that NOM can stay in business and pay his salary. Today is no different from many other days:

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy is one of the most pivotal moments in the fight for marriage. Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist like Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch who believes in interpreting the constitution based on its wording and original meaning. The importance of this nomination to the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. For the first time since the Court illegitimately redefined marriage in the Obergefell decision of 2015, NOM and all marriage supporters will have a clear path forward to restore marriage to our nation’s laws.

I seriously doubt that the Court would entertain overturning Obergefell. Mr. Brown provides no rationale for doing so. His “reasoning” is based on the Catholic Church’s disapproval of gay people; — and thus their marriages. But let us suppose, for a moment, that Obergefell was somehow overturned. A handful of states would reverse marriage equality and all same-sex marriages have federal recognition. Does Mr. Brown presuppose that the Court would also overturn United States v. Windsor in order to conform public policy to the teachings of the Catholic Church? On what basis would they do so?

Here’s the fun part:

To ensure that we fully capitalize on the moment at hand, we have launched the Marriage Heroes campaign. Our objective is to recruit individuals who will commit to take specific actions to support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh so that we have a pro-marriage majority on the Supreme Court. Will you stand with us at this critical time in history as a Marriage Hero?

Brown goes on the list the things that individuals can do to such as:

Participate in calling attention to the true nature of marriage – one man and one woman – through support of our & campaign.

Signing up to become a “marriage hero” really means joining an email list. Once you have done that:

Your subscription to our list has been confirmed.

Please consider giving a donation to support NOM’s efforts today by clicking here.

You immediately receive an email from Brown:

Dear [redacted]:

Thank you for joining us as a Marriage Hero!

Please consider generously supporting our efforts with a donation today.


In other words, this is all just a pretext for Brown to ask for money. Twice in the span of about 30 seconds. What do people think they will receive from another NOM email list? More gimmes are the likely result.

Brown also forgets that the Court might be unlikely to overturn something that has the support of about two-thirds of our citizenry. This is not like Masterpiece Cakeshop where they were able to claim victimization.

The only people who are affected by marriage equality are the gay couples who are wed and Brown cannot make a coherent secular argument to challenge that fact. No one has been capable of doing so since marriage equality came to Massachusetts in 2004.

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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.