One thing I find endlessly amusing about Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is his ability to bury his head in the sand — or up his ass — and continue to pretend that a majority of Americans are opposed to marriage equality. Notice the careful wording he used on the Janet Mefferd show:
Brown: If the Republican Party were to change its platform, that would be the death knell for the Republican Party. Right now the Democratic Party has changed its platform, has wholeheartedly embraced the redefinition of marriage. The Republican Party right now gives voters — and again, the majority of voters who have been able to vote on this issue have voted to protect marriage in this country — it gives those voters a party that at this point stands up for traditional marriage. We need to be encouraging Republican lawmakers to be speaking out more on the importance of marriage, not attempting to imitate the Democratic Party in embracing the redefinition of marriage.
An interesting way to put it — “the majority of voters who have been able to vote on this issue have voted to protect marriage in this country.” Well yeah, maybe. But the trends are pretty clear, aren’t they? Most of those bans were voted into law in 2004. Since 2008, only three states have done so. And in 2012, four out of four states voted for marriage equality. And since then, several more have legalized same-sex marriage through their legislatures. And the public opinion polls show quite clearly that a solid majority of Americans now supports marriage equality. And all the pretending in the world isn’t going to change that. You lost, Brian. You’ve already lost. All that’s left is mopping up the details.