Brian Brown: Utah ‘Standing in the Breach’

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, fresh off an appearance at an anti-gay event in Russia, pens an op-ed in the Deseret News, the official Mormon newspaper, praising the people of Utah for “standing in the breach” to maintain inequality, which will save us from certain destruction.

For a number of months now, there has been an orchestrated legal attack on the institution of marriage. Lawsuits have been filed in every state in the nation that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Sadly, a number of elected officials who swore a solemn oath to defend the law of the land — several of them Republicans — have abandoned their posts and left marriage defenseless in federal courts. Even where defended, activist federal judges have brazenly invalidated state marriage laws, and the over 50 million voters across our nation who voted to preserve marriage in 31 different states have, like the biblical prophet Ezekiel, been left to wonder who will stand in the gap to defend their decision.

The answer is Utah. The state of Utah is standing in the breach to preserve marriage as God created it and nature has confirmed it, the union of one man and one woman. And the eyes, and prayers, of a nation are with you.

No, just the prayers of a dwindling number of people sticking to their guns (a number that will continue to get smaller by the day). Doesn’t the Bible say that whenever two people pray for something in Jesus’ name, it will happen? Maybe there’s only one person praying about it.

Marriage is a foundational institution, something at the core of civilization. It is our only institution that brings men and women together as husbands and wives to be fathers and mothers to any children born of their union. Marriage is the foundation of the family and an essential element of a thriving society. No nation can long survive if it abandons the natural family and denies the unique contributions men and women each bring to child rearing.

And if allowing gay people to get married were going to eliminate straight marriages, you might have a point. But since not a single straight marriage anywhere in the world is going to be affected in the slightest, this is just more of the same bullshit.

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  • eric

    Utah standing in the breech in defense of hetero monogamous marriage. Utah. Now that’s just funny.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Utah Stands For Traditional Marriage.” says Irony.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And Eric beat me to it. Damn these sausage fingers!

  • alanb

    Mmmmm …. sausage!

  • D. C. Sessions

    The state of Utah is standing in the breach to preserve marriage as […] the union of one man and one woman.

  • Chiroptera

    Sadly, a number of elected officials who swore a solemn oath to defend the law of the land — several of them Republicans — have abandoned their posts and left marriage defenseless in federal courts.

    Well, they are. It’s just that there is no higher law in the US than the Constitution. Yeah, in the US the Constitution is higher than even God’s law.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    When the catholic child rape society teamed up with the mormons (Prop 8) to educate the rest of us about sexual propriety, irony ceased to have meaning.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Brian Brown is wearing breeches? How sexy!

  • eric

    It [marriage] is our only institution that brings men and women together as husbands and wives…

    Mmmm hmmm. And dogs are the only dogs on earth. Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

  • whheydt

    Then there are the Republican officials who actually *read* the decisions, look at the law and the cases cited plus–where applicable–other cases in the same circuit and correctly conclude that ehy really have no case. So they drop any appeal effort as a waste of time and/or money. States like Pennsylvania or Nevada.

  • bushrat

    Utah…defending America against America since 1857.

  • hexidecima

    but golly those fellas are Mormons and thus not TrueChristians.

  • moarscienceplz

    For a number of months now, there has been an orchestrated legal attack on the institution of marriage.

    Darn tootin’! Those gays and their fellow travelers are just demolishing the institution of marriage … by, umm …. by trying to make more marriages happen? How’s that work, again?

  • sugarfrosted

    @7, I’m glad they did that. It backfired horribly. It was so bad for the Mormon church that they never tried to do something like it again and might be one of the key events leading to wide acceptance of the legal ability of people to marry irrespective of gender.

  • busterggi

    Yeah, its already been said but, Mormons = traditional marriage??

  • dingojack

    ‘Once more into the breeches dear friends, once more

    Or fill the assless chaps with our Mormon dead…’

    😀 Dingo

  • John Pieret

    The state of Utah is standing in the breach to preserve marriage as God created it

    Thank you for again confirming that there was no rational basis for passing these laws but, instead, they were passed simply because of religious animus … making them unconstitutional.

  • Ichthyic

    if allowing gay people to get married were going to eliminate straight marriages, you might have a point. But since not a single straight marriage anywhere in the world is going to be affected in the slightest

    not just is, has.

    no straight marriage HAS EVER been affected by gay marriage. It’s been legal in many places for quite a while now. No reports of marriage destruction.

  • corwyn

    And, in fact, the OPPOSITE is true.

    In states where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, the divorce rate is 20 percent lower than in states that only allow marriages between a man and a woman.