Friday, October 25, 2013

Gov. Christie has become NOM's new shiny object

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
I find it hard to believe that, for the third time, National Organization for Marriage is going after Chris Christie. According to Brian Brown, under the subheading What Leadership Means:
To be fair, Christie is not responsible for redefining marriage — that was accomplished by an out-of-control judiciary. However, he is responsible for leaving the field of battle and refusing to fight a principled fight when it was most needed. By surrendering, he has guaranteed defeat in the Garden State.

I wonder what Mr. Brown is like when he is unfair. Actually, we do know the answer to that question. Furthermore, the "out of control judiciary" voted unanimously, seven to nothing, that Christie was unlikely to prevail at trail.

In this case, “out of control” means that jurists made a decision that does not conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church. 

Mr. Brown goes on to shill for the petition effort to repeal California's transgender anti-discrimination law. I doubt that they will have the signatures necessary to put it on the 2014 ballot. Brown was collecting money through his ActRight PAC. Their third quarter report to the IRS was due on October 15. Of course, Mr. Brown is, once again, not in compliance with disclosure laws.

Mr. Brown goes on the explain what liberals think and what fatherhood means. We'll have to see how his children turn out. Eventually, Mr. Brown's anti-gay activities will be a source of embarrassment to them.

Eventually, Mr. Brown offers a video about all of those victims of marriage equality. Here we go again.

These are martyrs for the faith (most of them intentionally so). It's an absurd argument. What Brown is saying is that gays should not be permitted to marry because public accommodation would not be able to discriminate against them. It is preposterous per se. Taking photos of a commitment ceremony, selling flowers and baking cakes are not exactly religious endeavors. That is why they lose in court, again and again and again.

I am content knowing that New Jersey marriage equality has ruined Brown's month. I am hopeful that we will have a similar result in Illinois by November 7 (the end of the veto session).

Proposition 8 was an aberration. Once equality is achieved it is never getting reversed. Never. If we fail in Illinois this fall, we will just keep coming back again and again, through the legislature and through the courts. Our victory is inevitable. HRC's goal of 50 states in five years is probably too conservative. Marriage discrimination is definitely on the way out.
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