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04/12/2013

One Dem in U.S. Senate openly opposes marriage equality; 'BIPARTISANSHIP!' exclaims head of GOP special interest group

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef017Ee73Fdcfb970D Brian Brown, the Republican president of the decidedly rightwing National Organization For Marriage and the head of the unabashedly GOP ActRight operation, is pretending that the lone Senate Democrat who has come out against marriage equality (Sen. Manchin has yet to say anything; Sen. Landrieu only supports it on a personal level) is indicative of strong Democratic support:

"We commend Senator Pryor for standing tall for marriage as the union of one man and one woman and for resisting political pressure to switch positions on such a foundational issue of critical importance to society"…"The media has often portrayed the marriage debate in partisan terms, but there is nothing inherently political or partisan about marriage. Many of the strongest supporters of marriage are Democrats, including leading African Americans and prominent elected officials such as New York Senator Ruben Diaz."
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"We hope that other Democrat elected officials will follow Senator Pryor's lead and stand up for marriage as the union of one man and one woman"…"Marriage is society's only institution that connects men and women to each other and provides the best environment for raising any children that may come of their union. It is a great and positive institution for society, one that people of all parties should stand to support. We are grateful to Senator Pryor for doing just that." [SOURCE]

The new NBC News/WSJ poll shows 73% of Democrats supporting marriage equality. All of the other U.S. Senate Democrats—fifty of them, in total—have come out in favor. And, oh yeah—we have one very prominent African-American Democrat who challenges Brian's ongoing attempts to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks."

But somehow Brian Brown, the head of an organization that quite literally exists for the sole purpose of electing GOP candidates (with even "RINOS" pointedly excluded), thinks he has the capital to tell America who the Democrats are and what they should do on this, the issue from which he collects a six-figure paycheck?! Why that's as ludicrous as it is hubristic!

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