Washington Post <3s NOM and Brian Brown
Update: Quotes from the “sane” Brian Brown
“Same-sex unions are not marriages and Iowans should not be forced by law to treat them as such.”
“This madness has to end. No good can come of a law based on a lie, and same-sex unions are not marriages.”
“Governor Lynch and a narrow majority of the Legislature today have ripped a significant hole in the fabric of New Hampshire society by passing same-sex marriage legislation”
“Can you give $5, $50, or even $500 to protect God’s truth about marriage?”
“Same-sex unions are not marriages. Political regimes based on lies about human nature cannot last. Same-sex marriage takes a sacred institution, with deep roots in human nature, and tries to turn it into the plaything of politicians, a creature of the state, a bundle of rights to be tossed about between adults. Something so feebly rooted, so fragilely constructed and imposed cannot last.”
“You can fight back against the bullies!”
“The One who designed marriage knew what He was doing. And we will never sit back passively and permit our own government to teach our own children a lie. Same-sex unions are not marriage. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right, it is a civil wrong.”
“We will continue this good fight, for truth, for common sense, for the dignity of the human person, and for a responsive government that cares about what ordinary people think and believe.”
Here’s the WaPo article- unbelieveably and inexplicably entitled “Opposing Gay Unions With Sanity & a Smile”– a 4 page advertisement for NOM.
Sorry to do this to everyone at lunch, but here are some excerpts:
The nightmares of gay marriage supporters are the Pat Robertsons of the world. The James Dobsons, the John Hagees — the people who specialize in whipping crowds into frothy frenzies, who say things like Katrina was caused by the gays.
The gay marriage supporters have not met Brian Brown. They should. He might be more worth knowing about.
Brown is the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, the preeminent organization dedicated to preventing the legalization of same-sex marriage. For two years, Brown has been traveling across the country. He moved his wife and six kids to California, where NOM was instrumental in passing Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment defining marriage as an institution only between a man and a woman. Before that, Connecticut, where his cause was hurt when the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
Bleah… it is a love fest in the introduction.
The thing about the John Hagees and the Pat Robertsons is that some people consider them “fringe.” And when they speechify, the people they’re most persuasive with are the ones who already believe them.
But this country is not made up of people in the far wings, right or left. This country is made up of a movable middle, reasonable people looking for reasonable arguments to assure them that their feelings have a rational basis.
Brian Brown speaks to these people. He has a master’s degree from Oxford, and completed course work for a doctorate in history from UCLA. He shoulders the accusations of bigotry; it’s horrible when people say that your life’s mission is actually just prejudice. He tries to help people see that opposing gay marriage does not make them bigots, that the argument should have nothing to do with hate or fear, and everything to do with history and tradition.
The reason Brian Brown is so effective is that he is pleasantly, ruthlessly sane.
Oooo, I don’t feel so good…
NOM’s campaigns have had missteps. “Gathering Storm,” with its melodramatic dialogue and fake lightning, prompted parodies as much as panic; one New York Times columnist called it ” ‘Village of the Damned’ meets ‘A Chorus Line’ “ for its instant camp value.
Two Million for Marriage, the organization’s push to rally online activists around the country, was similarly unfortunate: Apparently no one at NOM had realized that 2M4M, the hip-sounding tag they’d chosen for the initiative, is also the abbreviation favored by gay couples looking for a threesome.
Yes, let’s derail your “reasonable” and “sane” marriage discussion by reframing NOM’s errors to slam the gay community… GAH.
Is it possible, in 2009, to avoid the title of “gay basher” while dedicating your life to preventing a portion of the population from participating in a legal process allowed to other people? Does bashing require blows and slurs? Will those who oppose same-sex marriage eventually be put by their opponents into the same pile as people who think interracial marriage should be banned?
Brown worries about that, about being squeezed out of the debate.
“The racial bigot comparison is the most troubling part of the argument,” Brown says. It’s horrible, offensive, deliberately incendiary. He thinks it is “irrational,” a word he uses often.
It is irrational when the opposition points to polls suggesting that most young people support gay marriage. “People mature,” he says. Their views change.
Honestly, just how much did NOM have to PAY WaPo for this advertisement, anyways?
I can’t continue… especially when Brown says he “has gay friends”. Yeah, the same invisible one Sarah Palin had, maybe?