Brian S. Brown
To attract donations to his hate group, Brian S. Brown treats supporters like idiots | Image via Fred Karger

National Organization for Marriage has run out of bad money-grub arguments.

Ah, yes. Brian S. Brown, when he is not infuriating he is a source of sardonic amusement. His latest money-grubbing missive is titled: gay marriage is doomed

According to Mr. Brown:

A prominent LGBT legal activist has penned an article for the online publication Salon in which he warns that their “worst fear” – the courts facilitating an end to gay marriage – is likely to happen. The author, Don Canon, is a leftist law professor and lawyer who was involved in the Obergefell v Hodges case that imposed gay marriage on the nation. He’s also one of those who targeted Christian county clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky. And Canon also wrote after the Obergefell case that there was no way that the imposition of gay marriage would ever be undone. Now, he says he was egregiously wrong.

“Virtually all “matching contribution” schemes are scams.”

A few “minor” problems:

  1. It’s Dan or Daniel Canon. Not “Don.” It says so in the Salon article that Brown has referred to.
  2. Canon is a visiting assistant professor at University of Louisville. The term “visiting assistant professor” is used to define a faculty member who is not a full-time academic and is primarily a non-research academic support staff or a lecturer. Moreover, a visiting assistant professor is usually hired for a six month term. My intent is not to demean Canon. There is much to admire. I’m simply setting the record straight.
  3. Mr. Canon was indirectly involved in Obergefell v. Hodges. He represented the plaintiffs in Love v. Beshear, the Kentucky case that was folded into Obergefell. Mr. Canon was not one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs at the Supreme Court. That honor went to Mary Bonauto and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier.
  4. One lawyer’s opinion that marriage equality is vulnerable does not mean it is “doomed.”

Dan Canon’s argument is reasonable. What he is saying in a nutshell is that the Supreme Court seems poised to reverse Roe v. Wade. Therefore, the Court no longer respects precedent.

Nevertheless, reversing Roe has an immediate effect. States get to determine whether or not abortion is permissible. Reversing Obergefell has a retroactive effect in that existing same-sex marriages would be devalued. There is no case currently before any federal court seeking to overturn Obergefell.

Furthermore, abortion has a pro-forma victim. A fetus. Marriage equality harms no one. Same-sex marriage does not affect Brian S. Brown in any meaningful way. It never has. Brown is trying to conform the world to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Is Obergefell vulnerable? Sure.

Could Obergefell be overturned? Sure.

Is it likely to be overturned? Absolutely not.

What’s the point?

Virtually all “matching contribution” schemes are scams.

Later on:

NOM is the only national organization with a principal focus of restoring marriage to our laws and culture. It’s our primary mission. You can help us continue this work by making a donation today. Thanks to some generous donors, for a limited time every donation to NOM will be 100% matched, thus DOUBLING your gift.

Sure Bri. Sure.

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.