Saturday, February 6, 2016

According to Brian Brown this is "a critical period"


The title of Mr. Brown's gimme led me to wonder if he was having menstrual cramps. In any event this is National Organization for Marriage's weekly effort to ask for money — to ultimately feed all those Brown children. What? You think NOM is capable of actually doing something? They are pernicious and they do represent the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which means that they are still capable of spreading a great deal of anti-gay animus. Judging from the email, even NOM is not too sure what NOM really is.

Brian Brown implores me “now is the time to renew your membership in NOM.” I did not know that this particular alter-ego of mine had a membership. NOM's good graces come pretty cheap these days. All they are asking for is $35. With that they can continue to be:
… an effective advocate for restoring marriage to our nation's laws and to protecting the right of Americans to act in their daily work in support of the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Even their guy, Ted Cruz, is problematic. As the venerable New York Times describes it: “Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors.” It's just not very important in the grand scheme of things. It is an effort that is not supported by any data after more than a decade of marriage equality in various parts of the country. The only reason to to assault Obergefell would be to satisfy conservative Christians including the Vatican. It has no objective purpose with respect to national policy. Yet, according to Brown:
Right now NOM is busy working in Washington to urge Congress to move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation that will protect supporters of marriage against unjust discrimination by government simply for continuing to support marriage as God created it. We also are urging states to adopt their own protections.
FADA does not have 60 votes in the Senate (it may not even have a simple majority). I doubt that Senator Lee and Congressman Labrador (authors of the Senate and House versions respectively) presuppose that NOM is going to be terribly influential in moving legislators towards viability. And even if they did, Obama is going to be around until January of 2017. NOM has neither the resources nor the clout to affect, in any way whatsoever, the general election in November. And by the way, to the best of my knowledge Brian Brown is a resident of Pennsylvania. Who else at NOM could do any of this political work, even as ineptly as Brown?

Yes, some states have proposed similar bills. To suggest that NOM is part of that effort is preposterous. The red states where this is feasible don't need NOM's help. Even if successful, they are going to be challenged in court and that leaves the state as the defendant. NOM is not even a party to the certain litigation.

That all sets up the biggest lie of all:
As you know, NOM is an important player in the 2016 presidential election as we urge Americans to elect a pro-marriage champion, Ted Cruz, and reject the faux conservative, Donald Trump. The next president will very likely have the opportunity to appoint several new Supreme Court justices. With the right appointments, we could have the opportunity to reverse the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.
I am sure that NOM will take the credit if Ted Cruz wins the nomination but NOM is a minuscule player on the sidelines of the 2016 election. For starters they don't seem to have any senior people other than Brown and his assistant. I have found a couple of people who are employed in the Philadelphia HQ but they are not political operatives and neither is Brown. He is out of his depth.

This all goes on and on about how NOM is the national protector of religious freedom and so on. And then they thank Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum:
Both men announced this week that they are suspending their campaign for president. While they won't be on the campaign trail any longer as advocates for marriage, we know that they will continue to speak out about marriage, religious liberty and the importance of family. Both men are great public servants and we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude.
Neither of these guys were legitimate candidates. Their objective was to polish their brand in order to obtain more speaking fees and sell more books. They talk shit but they don't really do much. Both these guys probably did more to effect marriage equality than to thwart it. They are cartoon caricatures of anti-gay Christians; one Catholic and one Baptist. I don't know who is paying to keep NOM's lights on but they are not getting much for their investment. It's a lesson that they, like others, will learn if they haven't already.

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