Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For the Catholic Church and NOM - Australia is a re-run

Biran S. Brown
The anti-equality operation in Australia is Marriage Alliance which is supported by the Liberal Party. I'm not entirely sure what their definition of liberal is but it is certainly not mine. According to Marriage Alliance:
Marriage Alliance is an independent alliance bringing together individuals and organisations supporting a common cause. We exist to voice the opinion of the silent majority of Australians that want to respect the choices of same-sex attracted people, but do not want to change the current definition of marriage.
They have achieved their first goal which was to put marriage equality on the ballot (plebiscite) rather than have it legislated. You will recall that this was the strategy in the United States until 2012 when the tide turned and National Organization for Marriage lost four out of four contests. Now take a look at the bottom of the Marriage Alliance website and we see: “Created by OPUSfidelis.” Opus Fidelis ran (and perhaps still runs) social media for whatever remains of National Organization for Marriage. Reportedly they do the same thing for the Vatican.

Then, in 2013, Brian Brown had ideas of going international with “International Organization for Marriage.” You might recall that he was in Paris for demonstrations against equality. OPUSfidelis and National Organization for Marriage were both involved in the ballot contest in France. Of course France now has marriage equality.  In part that is thanks to them.

Later in 2013 Brown would become a trustee of CitizenGO based in Madrid, Spain which is, coincidentally where Opus Dei is headquartered. CitizenGO is the international Catholic version of Change.org. It doesn't seem to be making much of an impact.


Brian Brown is also on the board of the Catholic organization Political Network for Values which is most active in Spain and South America. Last year Jeremy Hooper picked up this membership card for David Lejeune at Political Network for Values. As you can see he was to become the executive director and CEO of International Organization for Marriage. Lejeune also heads up OPUfidelis. Lejeune has since left PNfV.

Just to connect the dots, the guy who heads, or was supposed to head, NOM's global operation is now directly involved in the Australian marriage battle. Brian Brown is also head of the Anti-Gay Hate Group World Congress of Families. He will be heading to Serbia on the 16th of this month for a regional conference. WCF had their full conference in Australia in 2013.  According to a 2015 report from the Human Rights Campaign, WCF has been active in Australia, thwarting marriage equality for a decade.

I am hoping that they put Brian Brown in charge of the marriage discrimination campaign in Australia. Maybe they can even get our old friend Frank Schubert in the act.

h/t Crikey

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