As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral argument and rule on state bans on same-sex marriage, Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage seems to be concerned that the cushy job he has at his money-bleeding organization may be at risk.
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown joined Iowa Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott on her radio program last week, where the two discussed the upcoming Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.
Brown told Scott that a pro-equality decision would be “illegitimate” and anti-LGBT groups would have to emulate the anti-choice movement after Roe and “build a movement that continues to stand and proclaim the truth.”
Smart thinking, Brian. The longer you can keep such a movement going, the longer you can keep drawing a salary and not have to get a real job. Savvy. It won’t work, of course. Americans, even most fundamentalist Christians, are getting more and more used to the idea of marriage equality every day, as the polls clearly show. Opposition is going to fizzle out just like opposition to interracial marriage did. And groups like the National Organization for Marriage will be viewed, in another 10 or 15 years, as the equivalent of the various racist groups that opposed the ruling in Loving v Virginia.
“It may be a generation or two down the line, but this lie about what it means to be a human being cannot stand. It cannot stand,” he said. “And just because the Supreme Court says it’s so, it doesn’t make it so. The Supreme Court has had horrible decisions in the past, horrible decisions like the Dred Scott decision, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Fugitive Slave Act, Roe v. Wade. Just because the Supreme Court said it was so didn’t make it so, and there was an obligation for people living in those times to stand up and say ‘no this is wrong’ and to fight with every ounce of their being for the truth.”
With the exception of Roe v Wade, what do all those other terrible rulings have in common? They were in opposition to equal rights. That’s why, with the advance of more progressive social attitudes, they all lost support completely from the public. The same thing is going to happen here. And then how will Brian Brown be able to feed his 57 children?