Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NOM claims "key role" in Roy Moore's primary victory

Brian S. Brown
What will Brian S. Brown claim next in order to attract donors to a failed anti-LGBT enterprise? Don't people realize that National Organization for Marriage never has anything to promote unless it is asking for money? This afternoon is no exception.

Brown's missive is titled “An amazing opportunity...”
As you know, NOM has a great deal of momentum as we enter into the fall, with our tremendous victory in the GOP US Senate contest in Alabama, where we played a key role in helping elect Joy Roy Moore. We expect Moore to win the run-off election against the Democrat in December, and go on to be a champion for us in the US Senate.

In order to take advantage of our momentum and ensure that we have the resources we need going forward, today we are announcing a major new Sustaining Member campaign, asking supporters to make a modest monthly commitment to support our work. I explain more below.
Aside from the fact that the election is not a “run-off” the primary victory of Roy Moore provides no benefit to NOM. NOM had little or nothing to do with Moore's win. Assuming that Moore prevails in November, he would occupy a seat previously held by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III. Furthermore, while Sessions was part of the Republican establishment, Roy Moore is not — and never will be. As anti-LGBT as the GOPers are, they are usually not as batcrap crazy as Roy Moore. Democrats might be able to defeat Moore (even in the Christian Republic of Alabama).

Later on:
Our most important objective, of course, is to restore the truth of marriage to our nation’s laws. NOM will work ceaselessly towards that objective, and we may be only one new Supreme Court justice away from being able to achieve that result.
Probably not, for two reasons:
  1. Precedent. Even Gorsuch has said that marriage is a settled issue.
  2. Standing. Someone is going to have to demonstrate that they have been harmed by same-sex marriage and that overturning Obergefell v. Hodges is the only remedy. It begs the question of why should the justices reverse themselves. What injustice would they address?
Advocates of marriage discrimination did not have good arguments the first time around. With each passing day of marriage equality they get worse. It becomes increasingly obvious that the fears expressed in 2013 and 2015 have not materialized and never will materialize.

The Supreme Court overturns itself usually because of doctrinal changes. Those changes have been progressive as our society has changed which is why reversals have added rights rather than taking them away. We now have about two-thirds of our citizens content with marriage equality.

Brian S. Brown wants to reverse marriage equality because he is a fundamentalist Catholic extremist; a zealous Knight Templar on a crusade.He doesn't even bother trying to argue why Obergefell should be reversed. Brown doesn't like it and that should be good enough.

Meanwhile Mr. Brown has been reduced to a common grifter. He will say just about anything if he thinks it will open up some wallets. In a couple of weeks we will have NOM's 2016 tax returns. I doubt that they have become prosperous.

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