Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Brian S. Brown's tantrum over Trump - UPDATED with NOM press release

Brian S. Brown
Hate group leader Brian S. Brown (World Congress of Families and National Organization for Marriage) is not pleased. Not pleased at all that Donald Trump now claims that same-sex marriage is a settled issue. The truth is that Trump's opinion of the matter is largely irrelevant.

Love is fleeting. Last Wednesday Brown wrote:
Donald Trump has won a historic election, an unprecedented victory that has turned the establishment upside down. We heartily congratulate him and his team on their incredible win. President-elect Trump will now turn his attention to governing, and NOM is committed to working with him. We are confident that our voice and our views will be important in a Trump administration.
National Organization for Marriage issued the following press release:
Statement from National Organization for Marriage on President-Elect Trump’s Comments to 60 Minutes Concerning Same-Sex Marriage Washington, DC. The following statement may be attributed to Brian S. Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage:

“President-elect Trump has told 60 Minutes that he takes the US Supreme Court’s decision redefining marriage in the Obergefell case as settled law. We strongly disagree. Obergefell is not settled law, just as Roe is not settled law, and any future Supreme Court can and should correct these illegitimate decisions.”

President-elect Trump pledged to the American people throughout the campaign, including in the pivotal third debate, that he would appoint justices to the Supreme Court who “will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted…that’s very important…I don’t think we should have justices appointed that decide what they want to hear.” If the President –elect follows through on his commitment to appoint justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia, people who ‘will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted’ then the Supreme Court will reverse the Obergefell decision. That is because, as Justice Scalia and all those in the dissent said there is no constitutional support for the Obergefell ruling.
Apparently, any ruling that Brian Brown or the Catholic bishops do not like is “illegitimate.” Incidentally (regardless of what Trump thinks), there is no indication that Justice Alito, for example, would rule to reverse Obergefell in a case challenging same-sex marriage. He would have to ask the same question that each of the justices of the Court would have to ask: Why should we allow states to ban same-sex marriage? What injury to whom has to be redressed? A year and a half later, other than a refutation of the teachings of the Catholic Church, what have been the dire consequences of marriage equality? By the time a new case hits the Court (should there be one) it could be three or four years after Obergefell.

Each and every day of marriage equality works in opposition to those who seek to ban it. Each day offers more proof that the marriages of gay couples are inconsequential to everyone else.

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