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03/25/2013

Just in time for Passover: Brian Brown's stunning chutzpah

by Jeremy Hooper

It's one thing to look at a recent election where your side won and say it is a sign of something you support. It's another thing entirely to look at an election where virtually all of your backed candidates and issues that you hold dear lost (and lost big) and pretend that the results speak to your momentum. Yet that is exactly what the National Organization For Marriage's Brian Brown does in this Catholic World Report report:

The issue in this case is not gay rights, it’s whether the court is going to short-circuit the democratic process and by edict throw out the votes of 50 million Americans and launch a culture war,” [Brian Brown] said, referring to the number of voters who have passed referenda protecting marriage in 31 states. “I don’t think Kennedy is going to do that but it’s critical, given his own writings and how he’s talked about the court not being too far ahead of public opinion, that we show where public opinion really is. Because there have been all sorts of bogus polls showing the United States endorses same-sex marriage. It does not. All we need to look at is the recent election results.
In the Footsteps of the March for Life [Catholic World Report]

NOM argues that because marriage did better than conservative Republican candidates in some cases, that speaks to marriage being a winning issue. Except, you know—for the whole losing part. The November 2012 election was one where voters re-elected a pro-equality President of the United States (versus a candidate who signed NOM's marriage pledge), defeated almost every national stage candidate that NOM wasted money on, voted for equality in three states and against a marriage ban in one more, retained the judge that NOM targeted in Iowa, elected pro-equality Democrats to the U.S. Senate, and more. It is was a horrifically bad night to be a NOM supporter. And yet Brian sees it as a good thing?!?!

As I said: chutzpah.

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